Rum and Marzipan Pound Cake

This lovely loaf comes with the delicious flavour of marzipan but without actual marzipan. I think it is a perfect Beltane offering as sweets and cake are sacred foods for Beltane and will also work well for Mother’s Day. Ellen Evert Hopman in A Druid’s Herbal writes that almonds and roses, the essential flavours in […]

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Cardamon Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Around 1912, my grandfather was a preteen part-time helper with the local bakery in Heacham. England. He left to come to Canada in 1914, so I say around. One of his jobs was assistance with the making of pound cake. The bakery made plain and almond varieties. As he told the story,  the only difference […]

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Seville Orange Curd Loaf Cake

During March, my Celtic roots seem to talk to me more fervently so even though I used Canadian whiskey in this recipe, I was thinking Irish or Scotch. Not being much of a drinker and definitely not a lover of beer, green or otherwise, I was looking for an alternate way to recognize March 17th. […]

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Valentine Cheesecake for Two

This Valentine’s Day treat is for sharing with a special someone. In this house, cheesecake is always appreciated and in the continuing theme of spring cleaning there was a small tub that needed a plan and the last of the Truffettes de France to enjoy. If life doesn’t include enough time to start the cheesecake […]

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Three Fruit Cake

This is a recipe that has been in my family for generations, so when I discovered that I had over ripe bananas, sour milk, extra dry raisins and left over icing from another little project, it seemed serendipitous and a good time for a reminder that, with a little luck, food items can often be […]

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Applesauce Crumb Cake

Crumb cakes have been around for generations. Most include some moisture to half the batter once the crumbling is complete. This recipe does not. The ingredients are just pressed into place. What I really like about this recipe is how simply it comes together with only a few ingredients, no milk, no eggs. As long […]

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Sour Cherry Cake

This year was a good reminder of the fragility of nature. Not to say nature is fragile. It can cope with a lot and since time is measured in epochs not work weeks it can afford to take the long view. The more immediate view is that the weather here has not been good for […]

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Delicate Pear Cake

In that time where summer transitions to autumn and we are not really ready for gingerbread or spiced pear cakes, this lighter fresh option makes sense to me. Delicate and fragile, the taste of pears stands alone. I have mentioned before that I have a favourite little 4 inch spring form that I often use […]

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Herbs de Provence Ganache

When summer is closer to fall we start looking for earthier flavours and this ganache will definitely fit that description. Herbs de Provence is generally a mixture of herbs commonly used in the south of France. They usually include savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and oregano with lavender leaves sometimes added for the North American market. […]

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Chocolate Wafer Roll for Equinox

Looking for a quick to make contribution to an equinox potluck? Black and white combinations are an appropriate choice. Equinox cookies or dark & light meringues are also good options when a little more time is available. This wafer roll highlights that coming together of opposites and it doesn’t get any simpler. Really! It is […]

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