Red Lentil Citrus Cake

Earlier this month I posted Imbolc Seed Bread and it got me wondering if a “sweet” version might be possible as well. It took a couple of tries as flavours blend differently in lentils than in flour but according to those doing the taste testing (thank-you!) we got there. Red lentils are full of B […]

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Hazelnut & Pumpkin Roll with Rum & Maple Syrup Cream Filling

Thanksgiving in Canada and the U.S. are six weeks apart so when this post did not get up for Canadian Thanksgiving, I knew I had a second shot at it this month. Pulling out as many stops as possible is what special days are about, sharing time together and making the occasion memorable. This is […]

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Fall Bundt Cake with Pumpkin, Apple & Ginger

There is something about fall and bundt cakes that just seem to go together. So when I was offered a baby pie pumpkin from a friend’s pumpkin patch, the wheels started turning. The one thing I will say is if you are making your own pumpkin puree, please make sure it drips as much as […]

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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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