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Berry Explosion Oatmeal Muffins

Berry Explosion Oatmeal Muffins

I love oats. Eating them takes me back instantly to my childhood. Sitting around my cousins table, surrounded by people I have so many fantastic memories with.

We would eat it with fresh cream that came from the cows milked earlier that morning. Truly a flavour of my childhood, simple yet transformative. It is amazing how one taste can transport you back to a moment in time as if were yesterday! And a flavour memory I refer back to often.

Looking to do some baking this morning I had oats on my mind. I have an amazing maple bread recipe that I love and have to share soon, but with a bunch of fresh berries in the fridge I thought muffins would be perfect.

 

Berry Explosion Oatmeal Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Brunch
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of canola oil
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup of blueberries - fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup of raspberries - fresh or frozen
  • Streusel Topping:
  • combine the following
  • ¼ cup of butter - grated when cold
  • 4 tablespoons of quick cooking oats
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl combine the oats and milk.
  2. Set aside to soak for 10 minutes
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, canola oil and sugar.
  4. Add the oat and milk mixture.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
  6. Stir well to combine
  7. Gently fold in the berries
  8. Spoon the batter into paper lined muffin cups.
  9. Top with the streusel.
  10. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes to until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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It is a great muffin with fantastic texture from the oats. They are not sweet and have an amazing amount of tart juicy raspberries. With the perfect hint of nutmeg that rounds out the flavour.

Perfection.

 

 

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Raspberry Marshmallows

Raspberry Marshmallows

Looking for something a bit different for treats this Christmas I have turned to marshmallows. If you haven’t made marshmallows at home you really must give them a try.  They are soft and fluffy and melt in your mouth. You can make them any flavour you want and you can even dip them in chocolate! Yes, that’s a thing!

I have some fabulous raspberry syrup that I was inspired by, raspberries are my favorite berry. The flavour takes me back to the hot summer days out on the farm. The spectacular burst of flavour eating sun warmed berries right off the bushes. It is quite amazing how a taste of something as simple as a berry can instantly transport you back in time. Really is there anything better!

You can use any flavouring you like, from cooked down jams with the seeds removed, to espresso powder mixed with a little water to bottled flavourings like vanilla, maple or almond extract. And peppermint is a great seasonal flavouring for Christmas. Don’t forget to add a few drops of food coloring to bump up the eye appeal!

If you like things a bot more tropical be sure to pop over and check out the Toasted Tropical Marshmallows I made a few years ago. They are the next level of marshmallow love.

 

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Raspberry Marshmallows
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 envelopes of gelatin
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of raspberry syrup
  • ⅔ cup of icing sugar
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of shortening
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Place the gelatin and ½ cup of the water in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Allow to soak.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining ½ cup of water.
  4. Over medium high heat bring to a rolling boil.
  5. Continue to boil for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. With the mixer on low, using the whisk attachment, slowly pour the hot syrup into the gelatin.
  8. Add the raspberry syrup (or whatever flavour you are using)
  9. Turn the mixer to high and whip for 12 minutes.
  10. Transfer the marshmallow fluff to a buttered 9x9 pan for nice thick marshmallows or a 9x13 for thinner marshmallows.
  11. Cover the surface with plastic wrap that has been sprayed liberally with non stick spray.
  12. Allow to set over night.
  13. Using a sifter or fine mesh colander cover a cutting board with a nice layer of sifted icing sugar.
  14. Remove the marshmallow slab on to the icing sugar covered cutting board.
  15. With a sharp knife cut the slab into squares or rectangles.
  16. Sift icing sugar over all sides if the cut marshmallows.
  17. Store in a covered container.
  18. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a metal bowl.
  19. Place over a small pot of simmering water.
  20. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  21. Remove from heat.
  22. Dip an end of the marshmallow into the chocolate.
  23. Set on a sheet of parchment paper.
  24. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.
  25. Set for 1 hour.

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Graham Wafer Toffee

Graham Wafer Toffee

I am sure you have seen it everywhere. It seems every season more and more people are making it. With good reason. It is sweet, buttery, crunchy and just spectacular! You may have seen it made with saltines, and it is fantastic. That little hit of salt and the flakiness of the crackers is perfect.

But there is just something about graham wafers that I can’t resist. The flavour is one that takes me back to my childhood and one that I still love today.

Graham Wafer Toffee is quick, very easy and fairly inexpensive. You can substitute saltines for the graham wafers and change out the type of nut used on top to one your family enjoys!

GrahamWafer Toffee
 
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Ingredients
  • 16 graham wafers
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1½ cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of toasted pecans - chopped
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and lightly spray with non stick spray.
  2. Arrange the graham wafers with sides touching, covering the entire surface of the cookie sheet.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Add the brown sugar stirring to combine.
  6. Cook and stir the mixture until it comes to a boil.
  7. Boil for 2 minutes.
  8. Pour the hot sugar mixture over the graham wafers.
  9. Use an offset spatula to spread the sugar to completely cover the graham wafers
  10. Bake at 350 for 6 minutes or until bubbling.
  11. Remove from oven.
  12. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the surface of the bubbly brown sugar.
  13. Allow the chips to soften for a few minutes.
  14. I like to cover the cookie sheet with another cookie sheet to help retain the heat and melt the chips.
  15. Once the chocolate chips are shiny they are soft.
  16. Using the offset spatula spread the chocolate to completely cover the buttery sugar layer.
  17. Sprinkle with the toasted chopped pecans and allow to cool fully.
  18. Break apart and enjoy!

 

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Gingerbread, a flavour close to my heart. If you look up at the top of the page you will see a section titled Gingerbread Houses, after you’re done here jump over and take a look! There you will find the collection of my gingerbread builds that have raised $1000’s of dollars for charity. Thanks for checking them out, I cherish the fact that with sugar and flour I can make such substantial donations during the Christmas season.

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Now about these Gingerbread Whoopie Pies. They looks amazing yes?! I thought so too. I was inspired from all the Whoopie Pies showing up in my Instagram stream a couple of weeks ago from some of the amazing Canadian food bloggers I follow. They were served during a coffee break on the final day of #FBC2016 in Toronto. Due to business obligations I could not attend the conference this year but eagerly watched my social media feeds to capture as much of the action as I could. For days after the conference I was distracted by thoughts of those whoopee pies and knew I had to recreate them at home.

They turned out amazing! Soft and tender, full of traditional gingerbread flavour and a creamy buttery filling, perfection really!

I invite you to give them a try and let me know what you think! Perfect for holiday cookie trays, the quintessential side to a steamy hot cup of coffee or a mug tea, definitely a must try!

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic rest of your day!

 

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
 
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Recipe type: baked
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup Crosby molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup granulated
  • Buttercream Icing
  • 4 cups of confectioners/icing sugar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons of milk
  • pinch of cup of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients except the ¼ cup of granulated sugar together in a bowl.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a plate.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Roll the cookie balls in the granulated sugar and place on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 8 - 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove to a cooling rack.
  10. While they are cooling make the buttercream icing.
  11. Cream the butter in the bowl of a mixer.
  12. Add half the confectioners sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and the salt.
  13. Beat well to combine.
  14. Add the remaining confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla.
  15. Beat well until fluffy.
  16. If the icing appears dry add an additional table spoon of milk.
  17. Spread a generous amount of icing on one cookie and top it with a second creating a sandwich.

 

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Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns

There is nothing quite as satisfying as mastering dough. The possibilities of what you can create are endless when you have a solid recipe and a little bit of knowledge.

A few notes on the following recipe: the flour total in the recipe also accounts for the flour you use to flour the surface on which you will be rolling the dough out on.  Do not add all the flour to the mixing bowl, save a bit for the counter.

If you have a thermometer do use it the get the temperature of the milk, butter and sugar mixture. If it gets too hot it will kill the yeast.

 

Cinnamon Buns

dough:

4 – 4 1/2 cups of flour

1 package of yeast –  I use quick rise

1 cup of milk

1/3 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of butter

1 teaspoon of salt

2 eggs

In a mixer bowl combine 2 cups of flour and the yeast.

Over medium low heat, heat the milk, sugar, butter and salt to 115 degrees.

Add the liquid to the flour mixture. Add the eggs.

Using the dough hook beat at low speed for 30 seconds. Turn the mixer to high and beat for 3 minutes.  Turn the mixer to medium and add 2 cups of flour. Knead the dough for 4 minutes. If it is sticky you can add a few tablespoons of flour.  Knead for 2 more minutes. You should have a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic.

Form into a ball and place in an oil rubbed bowl. Be sure to roll the ball to ensure the entire surface is covered in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel. Place it somewhere warm to rise for an hour.

After an hour punch down and divide in half. Allow to ret for 10 minutes.

filling:

3 tablespoons of butter – melted

1 cup of brown sugar

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 cup of whipping cream

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 On a lightly floured surface roll half the dough to a 12 x 8 inch rectangle.

Brush the surface with melted butter. Combine the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the surface with the sugar cinnamon mixture. Starting with the longest side roll the dough, pinch the seam to seal. Set aside with the first roll. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray pans well with non stick spray.

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Using a serrated knife slice the dough into 2 inch rolls. Place in prepared pans leaving space between each roll.

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Pour 1 cup of whipping cream over the rolls, split between the number of pans used.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Remove from oven and invert on a plate. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before removing pan.

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