Monthly Archives: December 2009

Sticky Toffee Pudding

This post is a little late but it marks our one year anniversary of the blog. Perhaps one of our New Year’s resolutions will be to try and be more consistent with our blogging!? Anyways, on to the baking!

In our family, we are creatures of habit. So, when I decided to make a new Christmas dessert, it was met with some apprehension and perhaps, a little dismay. So much so, that on Boxing Day my mum had to make the traditional sherry trifle just do keep certain members of the family happy (hint: he is the only male in the Stewart family).

Merry Merry!

I originally had this recipe with Caroline when we were visiting her friend Pam and it was so yummy! I looked at other recipes for sticky toffee pudding but figured it was better to stick with something we knew would be good! Needless to say, even though there were some people who didn’t seem interested in the dessert (because it had dates in it!?) everyone seemed to like it. In our family, caramel is loved and who can’t like a cake covered in it! Plus, the recipe is Irish, how appropriate.

Thanks to Pam for finding this yummy recipe! Oh, and Happy New Year from Bake with Us!

Dorie’s Favorite Pecan Pie for Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!!!!! There is a lull in our house, so I thought I would take the time to wish you all a Happy Christmas. We just finished unwrapping presents (they were amazing-thanks family!) and everyone is quietly resting before the big meal. I am in a sugar coma, as all I have eaten today (and pretty much the entire week) are sweets. Claire and I spent yesterday afternoon making the desserts for tonight’s meal. Beth of Someone’s in the Kitchen with Brina picked this weeks TWD recipe and it seemed like a perfect fit for our Christmas celebration.

Pecan Pie

pecan pie with tree in the background

Hope you and your families are eating yummy treats and enjoying the holiday with loved ones!

PS- Claire and I didn’t make the crust, our mom did. She is the pastry chef extraordinaire in our household, there is no point in messing with something that works.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Happy Christmas Eve! Hard to believe that Christmas is here, so exciting! Claire has arrived and I am excited, as we have an afternoon of baking planned (we should probably get on that!) When I was working on my Christmas baking, I sent Claire a bunch of recipes and asked her to choose  one. She choose this one. It was a nice break from all the cookies;  squares are so easy and so delicious.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Squares

I skipped the nuts, as you know, nuts aren’t a hit in our family. Also, I used some milk chocolate chips (goes without saying really). These squares are delicious, not really Christmas-y, but certainly a welcome addition to any tray of sweets.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cookies

As the Countdown to Christmas continues, I thought I would share my current favorite Christmas cookie. My brother-in-law sent this recipe to my older sister with the following message: “Please pass this recipe on to your sisters.” Sarah is not much of a baker and thus, he was wise pass it on to other Stewart women. I made these last week and they are now in Kingston (with me) waiting for Brendan to come and eat them.

Terry's Chocolate Orange Cookies

Terry’ s Chocolate Orange Cookies

Makes 20 cookies.

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup fine sugar
2 cups flour
½ tsp. grated orange peel
1 Terry’s Chocolate Orange, separated into segments, cut in half

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.  Gradually add flour, beating until well blended after each addition. Roll dough into 20 balls, approx. 3.5 cm in diameter.  Flatten with palm of hand.  Top each with 1 piece of chocolate, wrap dough around chocolate to completely enclose the chocolate.  Place 5 cm apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Flatten slightly.

Bake 20 minutes.  Remove from oven; immediately place 1 of the remaining chocolate pieces on each cookie.  Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

I have also made these with Caramilk bars and mini Reese Peanut Butter Cups. My favorite is the Chocolate Orange, a classic really.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies

Yesterday at work we had a Christmas cookie exchange. This was my first time since I am new to the working world but I’m sure it won’t be my last. I got some yummy looking treats that I can’t wait to try.

I chose two recipes. One for a chocolate chip cookie with mint chocolate chips and this recipe from Canadian Living. (I think I should probably try expanding my horizons on the Christmas flavour combos since this makes for 2 more mint chocolate recipes and there is another one to come!) I made the Canadian Living recipe for a bake sale in pharmacy school and they had been well received, plus they are very festive looking! The original recipe is for a cookie pop but I clearly just omitted that part. As well it doesn’t call for chocolate so I just added about 3/4 cup of white chocolate chips.

Mint Brownie Bites

Well this is Day 2 of our Christmas baking posting spree. This weekend I spent some time with my mum baking. I am happy to say she only has one last thing to make this week but otherwise she has no more baking to worry about!

My mum found this recipe in the December Good Housekeeping issue and they looked so cute! Her and I (like many) love mint and chocolate so this was an obvious choice. And there will be many more mint chocolate posts to come this week:)

We had a little taste test and we decided that these were definately a make-again sort of thing! They are both pretty and yummy and will look great on a tray of Christmas baking. My dad also had a taste and his only complaint was “you should warn people about the hard mint on top”. I thought it was sort of obvious but oh well.

Mint Brownie Bites
Source: Good Housekeeping, December 2009

Bites
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg white


Topping
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
2 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled
2 oz round hard peppermint candies, broken into chunks

  1. Prepare Brownie bites: Preheat oven to 350. Grease large cookie sheet.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In medium bowl, whisk sugar, butter, honey, vanilla and egg white until blended. Stir sugar mixture into flour mixture; then, with hand, press dough just until blended.
  3. With greased hands, shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart; press to flatten slightly. Bake 7-8 minutes or until brownies have cracked slightly. Transfer to whire rack to cool.
  4. Prepare Topping: In medium bowl, whisk confectioner’s sugar and milk until smooth. Whisk in butter and extract, then whisk in melte chocolate until smooth. Swith 1 tsp of topping on each cookie. Top each frosted cookie with 1 candy piece. Store in tightly seeled container with waxed paper between layers at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

White Chocolate Peppermint Chippers

Christmas is my very favorite time of year. I love it all, from the music to the decorations to visits with friends and family. (Okay, I guess I don’t love it all, I can’t stand the mall- bring on the internet shopping!) And of course, I love Christmas baking. This year in honor of our first year blogging Christmas, we thought we do a Christmas Countdown and share our holiday baking with you.

I did most of my baking alone but this recipe I baked with my niece and older sister. I love these cookies, two different types of chocolate and candy canes, what is not to love?

Christmas Cookies at Sarah's House

White Chocolate Peppermint Chippers

3/4 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 candy canes or 12 peppermint candies, crushed
3/4 cup semi sweet (or milk) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375. Grease cookie sheet. In a large bowl, melt 1/3 cup white chocolate chips. Add butter to bowl. With mixer, beat until creamy. Add sugar, beat until fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until blended. Add remaining white chocolate chips, semi sweet chips and crushed candy canes.  Drop batter on to cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool and share with people you love.

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Loaf

My coworker Jen’s birthday was in the summer while I was off on vacation. Jen, being the awesome coworker that she is, made me a super delicious banana cake for my birthday last March. It was seriously amazing. So I was feeling really bad in October when I still hadn’t baked her up a late birthday treat. Jen was very gracious about the whole thing, given that September was beyond crazy in library land, and she was pleased enough to celebrate in October. We hemmed and hawed but when I saw this recipe by Peabody of Culinary Concoctions, we decided this was the one.

We were too busy eating the cake to focus on taking pictures, hence the slightly lame photo. But the cake was delicious, what’s not to like when pumpkin, cream cheese and caramel are involved? I think this would be great for afternoon tea over the Christmas holidays. I’m just sayin’ you might want to try it.

TWD Sablés

I must confess that I am not a big cookie person. I do love a good chocolate chip cookie but without chocolate I could pass on many cookies. However, being a good sister/blogger meant I had to suck it up and give this recipe a go! Caroline is busy with school (oh how our worlds have switched) so I was nominated to post this week.

I had the day off so I figured this would go smoothly. Yet it is 9:00 pm and I am just writing this up while the cookies cool in the kitchen. I didn’t have enough eggs nor any decorating sugar so I had to get that stuff to finish things off. I only made a half batch because I’m not sure who will end up eating these but I’m glad I did it! I learned a thing or two about using decorating sugar and the fact that I need to try and have more patience. Oddly enough in many aspects of my life I would be considered on the OCD end of the spectrum… yet with cookies, I just don’t seem to try hard enough.

I did a quick taste test and they are ok but I think I could do with a little more practice, especially with my hot oven. These would be a great option for a Christmas cookie exchange. Thanks to Barbara of Bungalow Barbara for this weeks choice! You can head over to her site to get the recipe and see all the great variations she made!

Caramel Apple Cake

Really, what is there not to love about a cake with skor pieces and apple? It’s like a caramel apple with cake, perfect! I have been making this cake for a while and I think it is a nice afternoon tea cake, breakfast cake, midnight snack cake, you know a go-to kind of a cake. It doesn’t have icing so it almost feels healthy;) This is the last of the baking from S.’s 30th birthday party. Needless to say there was enough baking there for two more parties, so he was eating birthday treats for weeks.

Caramel Apple Cake

The recipe is available here. I didn’t include the white chocolate chips, mainly because I forgot. I think it would be tasty with milk chocolate chips, but then again, I add them to everything so I may be biased.