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Chocolate Pavlova at the bottom of the stack by The Messy Baker
20 Apr
Personal-sized Chocolate Pavlovas

Somedays you just aren’t meant to bake. Of course, those days are often when you have no choice. Take Easter weekend for instance. When you’re in charge of desserts and the only two items you are asked to bring involve meringue. And it’s wet and...

Mixed Berry Phyllo Galetter - first cut. By The Messy Baker
13 Apr
Mixed Berry Phyllo Galette

I often have a box of phyllo in the fridge - “just in case” I “need” to make appetizers. When I do,  I fold them into triangles, roll them into logs, and even stuff them into muffin tins for little “bundles”. When I’m too lazy to...

Not My Grandmother’s Chewy Cookies
03 Apr
Not My Grandmother’s Chewy Cookies

My grandmother wasn’t Grandma or Nanna or Nonna, any other such moniker. Everyone called her Town — short for Townsend, her last name. Like her nickname, she was unique and practical and easy to latch onto. I was obsessed with her and even though she...

Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle by The Messy Baker.
30 Mar
Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle

I've decided to change the idiom from "watching paint dry" to "waiting for sugar to caramelize". It doesn't roll off the tongue, but it's a fair description of the process. This recipe for Burnt Caramel Nut Brittle calls for deeply caramelized sugar. While it doesn’t...

Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby by The Messy Baker
23 Mar
Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby

Spring arrived this week, slipping in quietly when we were distracted by the wind. Winter dragged its ungracious feet as it shuffled out the door.  As the last of the snow melted, a bland, brown, monochromatic world emerged outside my window. The lawn was brown. The...

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16 Mar
Easy Triple Chocolate Bark

How easy is this triple chocolate bark? I made it while putting together a dinner of roasted sweet potatoes, green beans and pan-seared chicken. I melted chocolate as I peeled, diced, and roasted the potatoes. As the beans steamed, I chopped the toppings. In between chicken...

Streusel-Topped Hasselback Apples by The Messy Baker
24 Feb
Streusel-Topped Hasselback Apples

These Streusel-Topped Hasselback Apples are like a Dutch apple pie without the fuss of pastry. A large, firm, sweet apple like Honeycrisp delivers best results but Mustu or Golden Delicious work well too. ...

Canadian Clanger by The Messy Baker
17 Nov
Canadian Clanger

Ignore the standard dictionary. It will tell you a clanger is a blunder, a mistake, and a conspicuous one at that. This pastry is anything but a dud. It’s a riff on an old-fashioned Bedfordshire Clanger, a long hand pie stuffed with spiced meat on...

Apple Layered Pound Cake by The Messy Baker
08 Oct
Layered Apple Pound Cake

These are Mutsus, also known as Crispins. They’re firm and semi-tart, and have white flesh. They’re also Ontario’s only truly green apple. I learned this last weekend while I traipsed about the orchard at Nature’s Bounty  on a tour. In the drizzle. On the other side of...

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24 Sep
Cranberry Orange Muffins

Growing up, there were always muffins in the kitchen. They were usually buttermilk bran dotted with golden raisins. They needed a smear of butter and a cup of tea, but my dad loved them, so they made appearances again and again. And again. At some point,...

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