carrot cake

1.jpgWell, my friends, the Hutterites did it again! Today I am presenting to you another fantastic recipe that I found within the same book as my previously posted dessert. This time, however, I’ll try to lay off the cursing.

I’ve tried a lot of Carrot Cakes in my day. Growing up, my mum often made it and so I came to really like only hers. Every other recipe that I had tried paled in comparison. The cake that my Baba would make was filled with nuts and was made without the icing on top. In my eyes, Carrot Cake just isn’t complete without that added sweetness. I also don’t care for nutty desserts. I’m not a chipmunk, people. Although, my cheeks are quite chubby.

4.jpgThat being said, I obviously made this Carrot Cake WITH icing and WITHOUT nuts. However, you can do the opposite, or just do one and not the other! Either way, these ingredients are going to be an utterly delicious, super duper scrumptious success! 

2.jpgCarrot Cake:

Cake:

1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups finely grated carrots

Icing:

3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter
splash of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

3.jpgSteps:

1. Sift dry ingredients together.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

3. Pour mixture into a greased 13x9x2 inch cake pan.

4. Place into oven. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. Let cool.

5. Combine icing in medium bowl. Spread evenly over cake. 

6. Dive into your mouth-watering treat, and enjoy!

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Sorry mum, but I think that I might have just retired your recipe. This one is too amazing for words (or swears)!

<3

Emory

a damn good rhubarb dessert

01Hey guys. One quick question. Do you like rhubarb? I mean, really like it? Like it more than any other vegetable around? I do. I just cannot get enough of this tart treat. I actually tried rhubarb flavoured soda the other day at a vegan restaurant, and it was the best soda that I’ve ever had. Like, ever.

One thing that I look forward to every summer is adding rhubarb to all of my desserts. Whether it’s in pie, muffins, cake, crumble, or a sauce all by its lonesome, whichever foods are socially acceptable to combine it with, I will be doing it. I guaran-damn-tee it!

Sort of as a joke, but also out of curiosity, I picked up an old cookbook at the library called “The Hutterite Community Cookbook.” Old as in 2002. Which, in today’s standards, with the millions of new food fads and diets out there, that’s ancient. However, it is the 3rd expanded edition, so you know that whatever kick-ass recipes are in the book have been tried and perfected among the Hutterites. Maybe I shouldn’t have put kick-ass and Hutterite in the same sentence. Twice.

05FYI, the copyright page in this cookbook informs me that, “No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical … without permission in writing from the publisher.” So I apologize in advance to any members of the Hutterite colony for using, albeit tweaking, one of their rhubarb recipes (not to mention swearing in this post). Feel free to contact me if you would like me to remove it. Until then, all is fair in love and war (and baking)!

03Rhubarb Cake:

Cake:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter

2 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
2 cups chopped rhubarb
2 tbsp cinnamon

Icing:

3 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter

splash of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

07Steps:

1. Cream sugar, butter, and eggs together. Add remaining ingredients in order given; mix well. 

2. Pour into a large, greased cake pan. Spread evenly.

3. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. Let cool.

4. Combine icing in medium bowl. Spread evenly over cake. 

5. Place in refrigerator until its ready to eat!

06This was honestly such an amazing dessert. If I were to change one thing, it would be to line the bottom of the cake pan with a crumble. Other than that, chalk up one major success to the Hutterites!

<3

Emory

a blogger’s dozen: susan’s gingerbread bunnies (y.i.a.h.)

1.0I am so honoured to have Susan Parry sharing her gingerbread cookie recipe on A Blogger’s Dozen. Susan joins us all the way from Australia. She is a wife, mother, baker, cook, blogger, and the heart, body, and soul of ‘Your Inspiration At Home’. This beautiful and delicious recipe today is not only tried and tested out to be scrumptious, but is also just in time to serve as an additional Easter treat. So whether you are reading this post on your android, computer, iPhone, tablet, or by any other electronic means, keep in mind that it is roughly a sixteen hour plane ride from Canada to Australia. Suffice it to say that this post has traveled half way across the world to come to you today, so it’s guaranteed to be a great one.

Emory

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Gingerbread Bunnies:

125 grams of butter

½ cup of sugar

1 large egg yolk

2 cups of plain flour

3 teaspoons of Gingerbread Spice

2 ½ tablespoons of golden syrup or honey

assorted decorations

Preheat oven to a 150°C or moderate oven. Cream butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg yolk and beat well. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix well. Warm golden syrup in microwave on low and add to the mixture and mix well. Knead mixture and roll out to about 3mm in thickness onto a floured table. You can cut shapes from cookie cutters or make your own shapes as we did. Place onto trays lined with greaseproof paper. Bake for 10 – 15 mins approximately until golden brown. Decorate with buttons before they have cooled or use icing after they have cooled. Let cool before serving. Makes about 12 – 20 depending on the size of your cutters or shapes.

Have fun with this and I am sure it would be a winner. Please head on over to my blog if you would like to follow me and if you would like to check out my products head to my website which sends to the USA and Australia. Happy baking!

Susan – Your Inspiration at Home Consultant

A Blogger’s Dozen is a series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

a blogger’s dozen: bridget’s chocolate chip cookies (joyfill)

0.jpgHello, friends!

Today I am featuring the second post from A Blogger’s Dozen. This recipe come from a fairly new blog entitled Joyfill. Joyfill is a local Canadian blog that focus on recipes, landscapes, plants, and crafts to come. Created, photographed, and written by Bridget, each post is extremely informative and engaging. Although it’s still early, Bridget has such a unique voice that really captures what life on a farm is all about. I truly trust her recipes, and have confidence in saying that anything she publishes has been perfected and tastes delicious.

If you’re looking for one last gift for Valentine’s Day, this should be it.

Emory

2.jpgChocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies:

1 ½  cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 ½  tsp salt

1 ½  tsp ground cinnamon

½  tsp nutmeg

1 cup butter at room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

½  cup white sugar

2 large eggs

1 ½  tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

3 ¼  cups oatmeal

1.jpgPre-heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

3.jpgIn another bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, white sugar. Add the eggs. Beat in the vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and oats.

4.jpgDrop onto cookie sheet, flatten a bit with a fork. Bake for 12-15 mins. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

5.jpgThis is a fairly new recipe to me. These are dense chewy oatmeal cookies, almost similar to a granola bar. I recently got the recipe from a neighbor who made it with raisins and nuts instead of the chocolate chips. I really enjoyed the hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the background, especially if you use freshly ground nutmeg, the cookie has more depth and a richer flavor. Please enjoy this recipe and feel free to replace the chocolate chips with raisins, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, or even a combination of your favorites.  And make sure to have a couple cookies with a nice cold glass of milk, some things are classics for a reason!

Bridget

A Blogger’s Dozen is a new series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

the not-so-simple but very beautiful pecan pie

IMG_1.jpgPie is one of my favourite deserts. It always has been, and always will be. However, making pie will forever remain the most frustrating baking experience that I have had thus far. The first pie that I baked was overflowing and charred. I modified the recipe slightly the second time around. The results were better, but were still not quite there. With this last modification, I know that it will be a winner. Third time’s the charm, right?

IMG_2.jpgPecan Pie:

1 cup whole pecans

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup honey

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tsp cider vinegar

1/4 tsp salt

2 eggs lightly beaten

IMG_6.jpgIn a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar and honey. Remove from heat and add vinegar, vanilla, salt, and eggs.

Add pecans to pie shell. Pour mixture into shell.

Place pie on baking sheet on top rack in oven. Bake at 350°F for 60 minutes.

Let cool, then dive right in!

IMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgIMG_11.jpg IMG_12.jpgThough the pictures turned out remarkably well, my stomach did not thank me for what I put it through. I thought twice about posting this recipe, simply because, well, you get the picture. I know that the biggest problem was that this recipe called for way too much of everything. With overstuffed pies, it was a kitchen nightmare waiting to happen. Yet, this pie and my intentions are so good that I know that the final result will be the winner.

It’s the last weekend before Valentine’s Day, I hope that it’s a good one!

Emory

P.S. If you try out this not-so-simple but very beautiful pecan pie, leave me a comment. I am curious to see how you made out!

P.P.S. If anyone has any tips for my future pie making, please list them below!

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