Pumpkin Pie Squares

I'm getting right into posting pumpkin recipes... and the best part is... no one can stop me!These pumpkin squares are a different take on the classic pumpkin pie we all know. They're sweet yes, but also have a great amount of hidden spice... and here's the kicker. Use black pepper! Who would have thought we'd [...]

Eggnog French Toast Casserole

🎄LG,BE's 12 Days of Christmas🎄 DAY 12 Christmas morning is covered, friends. The best part about overnight casseroles like this one is that your breakfast is pretty much 90% done -- all you have to do is pop it in the oven as soon as you crawl out of your cozy bed on Christmas morning. [...]

Orange and Cardamom Softie Cookies

🎄 LG,BE's 12 Days of Christmas🎄 DAY 6 Christmas cookies hold a special place in my heart. My mom, the ultimate baker, would always take the time to bake jam thumbprints, chocolate shortbread, or if we were super lucky, Polish Rogaliki (my absolute favourite without a doubt) over the Christmas break. As kids, we would [...]

Homemade Pie Crust

Fun fact; I learned how to make pie crust in my grade 10 culinary class (yes, my school had one of those). We did a LOT of baking in that class - it required patience and technique to know exactly when to move onto the next step of the recipe and my teacher was all [...]

Mini Pumpkin Spice Tarts

Hi friends! In just a few short days, we will be at the end of pumpkin month. That sadly means no more Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew, no more pumpkin spice smelling soap, no more pumpkin spice latte coffee creamer to latch onto. These are the saddest days of the season. HOWEVER, if you're like [...]

Pumpkin Crumble Muffins

I'm sure a lot of people are internally thinking, "YES! Time for pumpkin-flavoured EVERYTHING" as soon as Starbucks starts to debut their new seasonal drinks in late August. My only gripe with pumpkin flavoured anything is that it tends to be so cloyingly sweet that I can only muster a few bites or sips of [...]

Chocolate & Raspberry “Trifles”

12 Days of Christmas with LG,BE Day 11: When I think of trifles, I think of the food queen herself -- Nigella Lawson -- explaining the components of an authentic English trifle and how she made it seem like the most perfected masterpiece of all the British desserts that exist. But trifle takes time.. and [...]

White Chocolate & Cranberry Blondies

12 Days of Christmas with LG,BE Day 7: Sure, brownies are pretty awesome... but have you ever had a Blondie? Essentially a regular chewy brownie minus the cocoa powder but that makes it taste like a butter tart instead and it's so dreamy. I recommend that if you plan on making these for your family [...]

Honey Lime & Mint Fruit Salad

An Ontario summer is not complete unless you are surrounded by copious amounts of the ripest stone fruit or a bounty of fresh berries. So make fruit salad.... but make it fancy. There really isn't a rhyme or recipe for making fruit salad, but it's nice to get creative for really simple dishes. Add some [...]

Strawberry Crumb Bars

I made a variation of this recipe when I took culinary in Gr. 10 -- yes, my school was fancy enough it seemed to have an entire culinary program with top grade appliances, KitchenAids galore, and a walk-in freezer and fridge like you wouldn't believe. Looking back now, 2011 was a pivotal point in my [...]