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    These cupcakes are from scratch, no cake mixes involved. I have adapted a recipe from My daughter wanted to make some rainbow cupcakes for a friend who was hit by a car. She had made them before using a cake mix & I wasn't really happy with the end result. This is what we came up with. You can use paper liners, silicone cupcake liners or grease your muffin tins. If you use silicone liners or grease your tins the colours show very nicely. The cupcakes are not too sweet & the olive oil makes them nice & moist. Frost with plain buttercream, cream cheese frosting or strawberry cream frosting. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. I ended up with 24 cupcakes & 1 small loaf when I made these. I might try using frozen fruit juice concentrates to colour the batter another time to see if it is possible to avoid using food colouring.

    Recipe #487867

    This is my version of buttermilk biscuits. I had looked at lots of different recipes, took what I liked from them & came up with this. I used my food processor, but you could also cut the butter into them by hand if you wanted to. You can use either a cookie cutter or cut these into squares with a knife. Make sure you do not twist the biscuit cutter while cutting the dough. If you do you will glue the edges of the biscuits together & they will not have the flaky splits on the sides. Here is a trick if you want a really smooth top on your biscuit, turn it upside down when you put it on the cookie sheet. They go well with either sweet or savory toppings & fillings. I hope you enjoy them.

    Recipe #451170

    The website I found this on gives credit to chard, who posted it on the KAF Baking Circle. I used my discard sourdough starter when I was feeding it. My starter was still quite young, so I am sure an aged starter will only improve these english muffins. I made them with sugar this time, but will try honey next time. Please note the recipe uses all purpose white flour. If you wish to use whole wheat you may need to add some yeast. I cooked these with the temperature on my griddle set at 300. I did not grease it, although the recipe says you should. I had cut my muffins & had to go out, so they were covered & left to rise for about 3 hours & were fine. I made egg m_muffins with them this morning. My picky daughter gave them her thumbs up!

    Recipe #450097

    1 Reviews |  By Demelza

    This is adapted from one of Canadian LIving's Best Recipes Ever. It is a lot faster to make than some of the slow cooked glazed carrot recipes. We had these for dinner one night with rice, peas and sweet & sour ribs. They would be great to serve dinner guests. They will think you spent ages working on the dish, when in reality you only need to stir them several times near the end of cooking. If you have children who will look at the carrots & say "What are those funny leaves in there? I AM NOT EATING THAT" just leave the thyme out. You could use dried thyme leaves or ground thyme if you want to, just reduce the amount to about 1/2 tsp ground, or 3/4 - 1 tsp dried leaves. I think this would be great with some lemon thyme in the summer. If you use fresh thyme, garnish your serving dish with a whole sprig of thyme. I hope you enjoy them.

    Recipe #449992

    1 Reviews |  By Demelza

    I saw a recipe for a caramel apple upsidedown cake one day and thought why not top a nice hot bowl of oatmeal with caramel & apples. A great idea was born. You can use whatever type of apple you prefer, we usually have Macs in the house. If you can get a HoneyCrisp apple it is fabulous. I prefer to eat this without milk. I will top it with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt some days. You could use table cream or half & half instead of heavy cream if you want to cut the fat content down.

    Recipe #449597

    My Mom used to make these cookies for my daughter, without the chopped nuts. They are her favorite cookie. The original recipe used shortening, I use butter and add 1 tsp of instant clearjel per cup of flour to stop the cookies from spreading. If you don't have any instant clearjel make sure to chill your cookies prior to baking. I usually only make half a recipe. You can freeze the cookies before baking, just add a couple of minutes to the baking time if using frozen dough.

    Recipe #449419

    A friend of mine gave me this recipe years ago. It makes a wonderful soft chewy ginger cookie. You could add some finely chopped candied ginger to it if you wanted. I don't flatten these, but I use my KitchenAid stand mixer, so the dough is softer. I do chill the cookies about 10 minutes before baking them. This is another cookie that would be great to use for an icecream sandwich.

    Recipe #449413

    3 Reviews |  By Demelza

    This is a sugar cookie that you don't have to roll and cut. I always use a cookie scoop when making these. The last time I made them I had some organic cane sugar that I used to roll them in, it really seemed to add some extra sparkle to the finished cookies. The note my Mom had on the recipe is DO NOT double or flatten the cookies. The cookies will turn out slightly differently if you use a hand mixer or a big stand mixer. I use my KitchenAid stand mixer & bake the cookies for 10 minutes. They turn out flatter, slightly soft & chewy, just the way I like them. If you use a stand mixer you could chill your dough or add 2 tsp of instant clearjeI to it to stop the cookies from spreading as much. I think they would make a wonderful icecream sandwich.

    Recipe #449406

    3 Reviews |  By Demelza

    This recipe is adapted from one in Baking A Common Sense Guide. I have made a few minor changes to it. I bake it in a greased 8" silicone bundt pan, but the original recipe said to bake it in an 8" round cake pan. You can mix this up with just a whisk & silicone or rubber spatula. Dust it lightly with some powdered sugar or drizzle an orange glaze over it. I served it with a spoonful of whipped cream & some fresh blackberries. It would be nice with blueberries or strawberries as well. I hope you enjoy it.

    Recipe #449348

    1 Reviews |  By Demelza

    A friend gave us this recipe quite a number of years ago. It just happens to be my son's favorite way to have corn. It is good reheated & the recipe doubles very well. Make sure to bake it long enough, it should be completely set & puffed up a bit. As with any dish that contains cheese, a nice old cheddar will give it more flavour. I bake this in a pyrex loaf pan when I make a single recipe.

    Recipe #448973

    1 Reviews |  By Demelza

    This is from Canadian Living's Best Recipes Ever show. It is a great appetizer when you are looking for something a little different. I used the prerolled puff pastry for this, just unroll, and use the parchment to line your baking pan. It can be served warm or chilled.

    Recipe #448821

    I came up with this chili one day when ground turkey was on sale. I soak & cook most of my own beans now. You can use canned beans, just make sure you drain & rinse them before adding them to the crockpot. Adjust the seasoning to your own taste. My family is not big on spicy chili, so I always have some chipotle chili on the table to add to mine. I serve this with my Buttermilk Cornmeal Muffins, Recipe #364044, and a bowl of coleslaw. Make sure to have some grated cheese & a dish of sour cream on the table, so everyone can garnish their own dish as they choose. .

    Recipe #448572

    1 Reviews |  By Demelza

    We were having spaghetti for dinner & I wanted some turkey meatballs as well as beef. I made these up in the morning, browned them & put them in the fridge till dinner time, then finished them in the oven. You could finish them in your sauce instead if you wanted. I used a 1 1/2" meatball maker. If you find that the meatballs start sticking to the maker rinse it under hot water, it works like a charm. You could also make tiny meatballs to use for an appetizer.

    Recipe #448374

    We have a regular Monday night get together for dinner with friends. I try to make a different soup as a starter every week. Sometimes I follow a recipe & others I just sort of throw whatever appeals in the pot. This was last nights soup & it was one of the throw things together. We all agreed that this is a make again soup. I made this in a 1.5 litre slowcooker. It will serve 8 as a starter, 4 as a main course. I used a combination of portabello & white mushrooms, as that is what I had in the fridge. You could add some cooked diced chicken during the last hour of cooking if you wanted to.

    Recipe #448373

    2 Reviews |  By Demelza

    I had seen a similar recipe to this & made a few adjustments to suit our family. I usually make this soup on the stove, but have used a slow cooker for it. We prefer it done on the stove. Adjust the garlic to your own preference, I tend to go on the light side as it can easily overpower the flavours in the soup. I use pot barley, but pearl barley is fine. Use any type of mushrooms you like. Don't leave out the dill weed or the soy sauce, they are an important part of the seasoning in this soup. Serve it with a nice fresh soft or crusty roll or loaf of bread. This will serve 4 as a main course, or about 8 people as a starter.

    Recipe #448063

    2 Reviews |  By Demelza

    I was having company for dinner one bitterly cold day (-40 something with the windchill). I wanted a warming soup to start our meal and this is what I came up with. I used the slowcooker, but you could easily do it in a pot on the stove. I had cooked up a package of small white beans, so had homemade beans to use in the soup. Canned ones would work just as well. The vegetable amounts do not have to be exact. Add other veg as desired, some sliced baby zuchinni added near the end would be good. If you use rice or barley instead of pasta add at the last 45 minutes of cooking time. This is nice served with my Best Ever Focaccia, Recipe #446668. Garnish the soup with a ltitle chopped flat leaf Italian parsley if you have some on hand. This makes enough for 4 people as a main course, or about 8 as a starter. .

    Recipe #448062

    1 Reviews |  By Demelza

    I was watching Steven & Chris on CBC today and Christina Marsigliese ( was on the show making these brownies. They look absolutely delicious, chewy, fudgy, and best of all for a gluten free recipe they use ingredients anyone would have in their pantry. I learned something new about chocolate while watching this episode as well. This recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa solids), you can sub semisweet (54% cocoa solids), but should not go to an unsweetened chocolate. The chemistry of the recipe is dependant on the amount of cocoa butter in the chocolate, if you sub a chocolate with a much higher percentage of cocoa solids your recipe may not turn out. Make sure not to overbake these brownies. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies should come out with some moist crumbs stuck to it. I have not made these yet, but do intend to try them myself. Source:

    Recipe #447836

    We loved the cinnamon rolls we would get at Cinnabon. Unfortunately we no longer have a location here. I had watched them making the cinnamon rolls and they had a cinnamon/sugar/butter mixture already made up that they would spread on the dough. While I am sure they had some "secret" ingredient in there I came up with something that works quite well. I had only used 1 Tbsp of cinnamon in the batch I made for the pictures. I prefer more cinnamon so do use up to 2 Tbsp. I just use my regular bun dough, but you can use a sweeter dough if you prefer. Feel free to frost these with cream cheese icing. Please ignore the stats for this recipe. They have been calculated using 2 lbs of yeast, not 2 lbs of yeast dough. This is not a high fiber or high protein recipe.

    Recipe #447349

    This is the recipe I normally use for buns & cinnamon rolls. You can use either warm or cold liquid. If you use cold it will take a little longer for your dough to rise. I turn the oven light on & let my dough rise in there.You will end up with about 5 lbs of dough. This will be enough to make 40 - 2 oz dinner buns, or 24 - 2 oz dinner buns & a dozen fairly large cinnamon rolls. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer so I don't have to knead the dough. I use a scale when making my buns, then I am assured of getting a uniform size. While this is a bit more time consuming than some recipes, the end results are worth it. This is the dough that I use for my cinnamon rolls Recipe #447349 .

    Recipe #447168

    This really started out as a banana loaf recipe. I made a couple of changes to it & here are the muffins. If you only have 5 bananas that is fine. Add chocolate chips or chopped nuts if desired. Sprinkle tops with coarse sugar before baking for some extra crunch.

    Recipe #446828

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