recipe: soda heart bread

This is one of two recipes that I have made this year in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Once again, this bread is deliciously dairy-free. However, you can swap out the almond milk for buttermilk and vegan butter for the real stuff in a heartbeat!

Soda Heart Bread

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 large egg
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp vegan butter

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium-sized bowl, add the almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and egg. Whisk until well-combined. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Then cut in the butter and keep mixing until flour becomes crumbly. Pour the wet mixture into the dry, and once it becomes a dough that isn’t too sticky, start kneading with your hands. Flour a surface and continue to knead for a few minutes, or until the dough has an even constancy throughout. 

3. Using a cast iron skillet or baking sheet with parchment paper, place the rounded out dough on top. Then cut a heart into the middle using a sharp knife or razor blade. Place in oven, and cook for 45 minutes or until bread becomes golden brown. Remove, let cool, then eat! Serve fresh with butter, or toast and turn into sandwiches. (This can be stored in an airtight room temperature container for up to five days.)

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recipe: simplified holiday black forest cake

My mum’s favourite cake growing up was Black Forest Cake. We always had it for her birthday and special occasions, and it was always store bought. So now, I always associate this cake with such events. 

When I had it in my mind that I wanted to bake a more elaborate cake for Christmas, I immediately thought of Black Forest Cake. I searched online for recipes, and chose a few that had fewer ingredients, lesser time, and higher reviews. Then I combined them into this one.

This is a seriously moist and delicious cake that will impress your guests this holiday season. It looks beautiful and like you spent hours upon hours baking it, when it reality, it didn’t take long at all!

Simplified Holiday Black Forest Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (I used canola)
2 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water
1 bag frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and thawed
2 containers whipped cream
1 bar dark chocolate
Butter, to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 8” or 9” round cake pans. Sprinkle flour overtop. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and put off to the side.

3. In a medium bowl, add the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Then pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Add the hot water, and beat for an additional 2 minutes, or until well-blended.

4. Put cakes in oven. Bake for approximately 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before expelling from cake pans.

5. Remove enough whole cherries to line the perimeter of the cake. Then, begin slicing the remaining cherries in half. Once cakes have completely cooled, you can start assembling the cake. Set one cake down and slather in approximately 2 cups of the whipped cream. Put half of the sliced cherries on top. Top with another cake layer, and repeat these steps. Finally, add the last cake layer and cover the entire cake in whipped cream. Line the top of the cake with the whole cherries. Finally, cut the chocolate bar into thin pieces. Sprinkle half of the bar on the sides of the cake and the other half on top. Immediately refrigerate and devour within a day or two. Merry Christmas!

 

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recipe: strawberry rhubarb tarts

I will be the first to admit that I have not made many pies or tarts in my life. In fact, I have only ever used this one pie recipe, and that it because it does not call for shortening. Shortening is just something that I have never bought or thought about buying. I know that this recipe works and it tastes amazing, hence why I keep reusing it.

That said, you can either follow it or you may use your own favourite pie/tart recipe! Or, you can buy pre-packaged shells. As long as you end up with tarts, you can move onto the next step. The filling!

I don’t know if there is a better pairing with rhubarb than strawberries. Together, they are like peanut butter and jelly. One is tart, one is sweet, both are red and delicious. This is the most fitting dessert for Canada or Independence Day. Enjoy, friends.

Strawberry Rhubarb Tarts

Makes 12

Ingredients:

For the crust:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup coconut oil, room temperature
1/3 cup butter or margarine, cold
1/2 cup cold water (approximately)

For the filling:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Dash of salt
2 cups rhubarb, diced
2 cups strawberries, diced
2 tbsp butter or margarine

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. For the crust- combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add the coconut oil and butter or margarine. Mix well. Then add water. The dough should form a crumbly ball. (Add flour or water accordingly.)

2. Transfer dough to floured surface. Form it into a flat, round patty with a rolling pin. Using a large mug or anything that will make a circular shape, cut 12 circles. Place each one in a non-stick muffin pan, pushing down the dough as you do so. Trim away any excess dough.

3. For the filling- Dice the rhubarb and strawberries and cook in water until softened. Drain the water. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add the fruit and mix well.

4. Fill each tart with the filling. Dot with butter or margarine. Bake in oven for approximately 30 minutes or until tarts are golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar, and serve warm with either whipped cream, ice cream, or just by themselves!

Emory

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recipe: braided cinnamon swirl loaf

I have to admit that I made this recipe pre-pandemic. I used two different types of flour and sugar, as well as yeast. I am going to hold off making it again until I have enough of those ingredients in my pantry. However, if you have them now, please indulge in this deliciously moist and sweet loaf. You will not regret it!

Braided Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

Ingredients:

For the dough:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup warm water
1 large egg
oil, to grease pan

For the filling:
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter

Steps:

1. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and active dry yeast in a large bowl. Mix well.

2. In a medium bowl, beat the oil, water, and egg. Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix with a spatula until well-combined. A soft dough should be formed. Transfer the dough to a floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes, adding more flour if dough is sticky. Grease a medium bowl with oil and place the dough inside, covering with a towel and letting rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the filling.

3. Using the same floured surface, remove the dough from the bowl. Flour a rolling pin and roll out the dough to an 11”x17” rectangle. Spread the filling evenly onto the dough. Starting at the widest end, roll the dough into a long log. Cut the log in half and pinch one of their ends together. Gently braid a few times. Set inside a greased loaf pan, cover, and let rise for 90 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put the loaf inside and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and let cool slightly before taking it out of the pan. Store in an airtight container, bag, or bread box at room temperature.

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recipe: easter ricotta pie

Easter Ricotta Pie

Ingredients:

(For the pie crust)
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
¼ cup coconut oil
⅛ cup butter, cold
10 tbsp cold water (approximately)

(For the filling)
2 cups ricotta cheese
4 large eggs
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
Squeeze of lemon juice

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 1. For the crust- combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add the coconut oil and butter. Mix well. Then add water one tablespoon at a time. The dough should mostly form a ball, with some flakier chunks that don’t quick stick. (Crumbly over sticky preferred.)

2. Transfer dough to floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to just cover a 9” pie pan. Trim edges.

3. For the filling- combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix well. Then pour filling evenly onto prepared crust. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until surface of pie feels firm to the touch.

4. Remove and let cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with powdered sugar or whipped cream if so desired!

Emory

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