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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,...

Nut & Seed Brittle by The Messy Baker
Nut & Seed Brittle

I feel this is cheating. Healthy nuts, good-for-you seeds, and a whack load of sugar. This nut and seed brittle recipe was vegetarian chef Nettie Cronish’s compromise with her kids. Nettie is all about healthy eating. Kids? Not so much. I used to beg for store bought...

Mini Icebox Cakes by The Messy Baker
Mini Icebox Cakes

If you’re lucky, TV gives you five minutes. Five short minutes to put together a dish under bright lights and a bit of pressure. These Mini Icebox Cakes are perfect for television cooking -- and for anyone wanting to put together a Mother’s Day treat. I’m on...

Zucchini & Carrot Breakfast Muffins in pan - The Messy Baker
Zucchini & Carrot Breakfast Muffins

People are always asking for foolproof recipes. Well, I played the fool while testing this, and the muffins turned out just fine. As part of today’s Homegrown blog hop (see below for links to other recipes), I test drove Joan Ttooulias’s Zucchini & Carrot Breakfast Muffins. In...

Salted Chocolate Humble Pie by the Messy Baker
Salted Chocolate Humble Pie

Many children sport t-shirts that say, “Mother’s Little Darling.” Mine should have read, “Ruining Christmas Parties Since 1965.” I made a case for myself when I was 2 and disappeared at a Christmas open house. I sent everyone into a panic, only to be found...

Mary Berry’s Ultimate Chocolate Roulade with chocolate curls
Baking with Mary Berry and the Chocolate Roulade

I confess, I’ve been binge watching The Great British Bake Off  on YouTube ever since two friends recommended it earlier this autumn. I bite my fingernails dreading soggy bottoms, split custard, and under-proofed bread. I’m in awe of the homemade strudel dough, the Charlotte Royales,...

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Setting up a Canning Kitchen & Giveaway

In June, Amy Bronee came to town for a book signing at The Bookshelf. If her name is familiar, she’s the author of The Canning Kitchen and writes the Family Feedbag blog. While I had only to stroll a few blocks from my home, several food bloggers drove from out...

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