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Almost-Raw Chocolate Torte

I hope you are having a lovely long weekend! I’ve skipped out of town to visit family and have a bit of down time. It’s a much needed bit away from the city. As I write this, the baby birds coo from the nearby apple trees and the smell of lilacs fills the air. I’m quietly drinking a rhubarb fizz and it’s so refreshing.  ...

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Cappuccino Layer Cake

Rich chocolatey ganache with a hint of espresso pours over a sweet and buttery almond icing. All of it surrounds a moist and just-dense-enough coffee layer cake. This cappuccino cake will have your friends and family, even the little ones, clamouring for another piece! I made this cake once for my sister’s birthday. It was so delicious,  ...

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Date Squares

Date squares are one of those treats that you either absolutely love, or you absolutely love to hate. I fall into the former category, as I love the sweet and gooey date filling (not to mention the magnesium dose!) and the crunchy, chewy and buttery oatmeal crust and topping. They really are one of those perfects treats, especially if  ...

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Classic French Madeleines

Fresh, warm little madeleines are such a special treat, and they’re particularly wonderful because there is nothing quite like them. They are both delicate in texture and robust in density, and the buttery scent balances out the subtle lemon zest flavour. The classic scallop-shaped madeleine mould makes them so attractive, I truly  ...

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Simple Jam Tart

Long weekends are the best. You get to do the lazy relaxing things you always seem to run out of time for on regular weekends. Things like ten or twelve hour sleeps and lazy afternoons sitting on the couch curled up with a magazine/book/movie are the simply pleasures that long weekends lend themselves to. Thank you, long weekend, for being  ...

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Guinness Cupcakes and Bailey Cream

I believe cupcakes will never fall out of trend. They clearly took the foodie world by storm (and the homemade donut-shaped cakes followed suited), but I honestly believe there will always be room in a chef’s repertoire for a perfect no-plate-needed cupcake recipe. But cupcakes do have a juvenile element to them, don’t they? I  ...

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Cornmeal Waffles

 Sweater-weather is perhaps one of my favourite seasons. It’s when it is too cold for a summer dress, but still too warm to break out a parka. A sweater (preferably soft and fluffy) fits the bill perfectly these days, and I’m going to cherish it until the first speck of snow! Cozy up during this pre-fall time with these decadent  ...

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