Baking

Mini Lime-Mint Cheesecakes by The Messy Baker
Mini Lime-Mint Cheesecakes

I am trying to decide whether I’m a hypocrite or late bloomer. I don’t watch hockey during the regular season because there’s too much fighting. But come the playoffs, when neither side is as willing to risk a penalty, hockey draws me in. I tell myself it’s...

Pear & Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby by The Messy Baker
Pear & Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby

No matter how often you make a recipe, it can trip you up. I created this Pear & Smoked Gouda Dutch Baby years ago for my book.  I know it well. I know it likes a hot, hot pan. I know the buttery pears will sizzle and...

Lemon Curd Eton Mess by The Messy Baker
Lemon Curd Eton Mess

I am tempted to call this dish The Great Easter Meringue Salvage Operation, or The Waste-Not Rainy Day Face Saver. Instead, I’ll stick to phrases you might actually plug into a search engine -- Lemon Curd Eton Mess. The Eton Mess isn't a new or particularly innovative way...

Chocolate Pavlova at the bottom of the stack by The Messy Baker
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
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
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...

Caramelized Apple Dutch Baby by The Messy Baker
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...

Streusel-Topped Hasselback Apples by The Messy Baker
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
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
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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