Baking

Piglet Muffins by The Messy Baker®
Piglet Muffins – Virtual Shower for Jan

Family Day is the perfect date to throw a baby shower. Mardi of eat. live. travel. write organized a virtual shower for Jan of Family Bites to coincide with this national holiday, so everyone could attend. The internet renders the vast stretches of geography irrelevant, and ensures no snow boots or hats are required...

Deep Dark Cherry Chipotle Brownies by The Messy Baker
Buying Dark Chocolate for Baking

I’m on CTV News at Noon today, making Deep Dark Cherry & Chipotle Brownies and hopefully not too big a mess. This recipe graces the cover of my book and is a hit with people who love a bit of heat with their chocolate. That...

Pull-Apart Bread by The Messy Baker
Citrus Pull-Apart Bread

Having stomped the snow from my boots, I place them on the rack and step my stockinged foot squarely into a freshly formed puddle of melting ice. Welcome to winter in Canada. I might get my citizenship revoked for saying this, but hockey does not make...

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SPCA National Cupcake Day 2015

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed you know I’m a bit obsessed with food and felines. Although I own two tabbies, anything with fur, four legs and a tail has my attention. Feathers work well too, but for obvious reasons, I settle for feeders outside...

Ingredients for Sugarplums by The Messy Baker
Last-Minute Sugarplums

I always assumed sugarplums were plum-shaped candies made of marzipan and dusted in sugar. When I asked friends and family for their theories, guesses ranged from holiday jellies to booze-soaked prunes. We had never seen, let alone tasted one. To us, these Christmas confections existed only in Clement Clarke Moore’s poem...

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Deconstructed Apple Baklava

This recipe is a game changer. It turns baklava into a no-fail dessert for two types of Baklava Balkers — those who think phyllo is too hard to work with, and those who think the classic Greek dessert is too sweet. I’ve blogged about working with phyllo...

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Bourbon Blondies with Pecans and Chocolate

We ate on the living room floor, legs stretched out in front of us, leaning against the wall for back support. We’d finished unpacking the kitchen but the furniture wouldn’t arrive for days. Without so much as a folding chair, the room felt hollow. All my friend’s...

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

When I first saw the The Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Roberston (Figure 1 © 2014), I wanted to run home and make the ravioli pictured on the front cover. They looked rustic enough to give me hope, yet exuded artisanal confidence. I knew they wouldn’t disappoint. Besides,...

Spinach Dill Pockets
Making Spinach Dill Pockets on CTV

The Messy Baker launched two weeks ago today. I’m not sure where the time has gone, but since the book’s release I’ve hosted a garden party book launch, been on stage with Kim Severson at the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia, found myself on the...

Extra-Crispy Peach and Blueberry Crisp by The Messy Baker.
Extra-Crispy Peach and Blueberry Crisp

Writing a book is a lot like working in theatre. “Hurry up and wait!” is the mantra. You learn your lines (or write them in this case), hit your marks (deadlines) and then wait. For months. You watch the clock, the calendar and your nails...

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