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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...

The makings of homemade yolk-only lemon curd by The Messy Baker
Yolk-Only Lemon Curd

I’ll happily orphan an egg white. Want French vanilla ice cream with five, six, even eight yolks? No problem. I’ll just pop the abandoned whites into the freezer and make an angel food cake when the mood strikes. Or maybe some macaroons. But ask me to...

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...

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...

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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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,...

No-Churn Cranberry Ice Cream by The Messy Baker
No-Churn Cranberry Ice Cream + Vitamix Giveaway

No-churn cranberry ice cream. Try saying that three times fast. Or four. Because that’s how often I’ve made this in the past couple of weeks. I’d have gained weight had it not been for my selfless family and friends who came to my waistline’s rescue by grabbing...

Key Ingredients for Lemon, Fig and Lavender Marmalade
Lemon, Fig and Lavender Marmalade with Sarah B Hood

Last year my garden burst with lavender. This spring, only a few leggy plants survived. Too little snow. Too much thawing. Too  much freezing. Or maybe the plants sensed my neediness and fled. I need lavender this summer, and lots of it. For the esthetics,...

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