Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

nanaimo bars
Nanaimo Bar – sweetenuf.ca

Happy 2019!

Time for another sweet treat.  No, No, you say!  You have eaten and drank so much it’s time for one of those crazy green juice fasts or, I know, you’re off coffee, sugar, dairy and gluten.

But really, how long will that craziness last?  Everything in moderation and you will be fine.  Not ready for another sweet just yet.  No worries, keep this recipe on the back burner for an upcoming get together or family event.  Extras can be frozen.  Oh, and they still are great right out of the freezer, just in case!

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Baking Tip:  No custard powder?  You can sub in an equal amount of cornstarch in a pinch and I’d up the vanilla by another 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.  It is a popular ingredient in recipes for the U.K. or Australia.

Nanaimo Bars

Lightly grease a 9×9-inch pan and line with parchment paper.

Ingredients:

2 cups grahm wafer crumbs

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

Filling Ingredients:

1/2cup butter, room temperature

2 cups icing sugar

1 tablespoon custard powder

2 tablespoons milk or cream

Topping:

1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon butter

Method

In a large bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts and chocolate chips.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and add in sugar and cocoa.  Mix until well combined and remove from heat.  Allow to cool until warm and add the egg and vanilla and combine.

Add the graham cracker mixture to the saucepan and mix well.  Press evenly into prepared pan and set aside.

For the filling, using a mixer, cream the butter, icing sugar and custard powder until mixed well.  Add in the milk or cream and mix on medium speed until light in colour.

Spread filing evenly over crust and put in fridge to chill.

For topping, either in a double boiler or in microwave, combine the chocolate chips and butter and melt together, stirring until smooth.  Spread evenly over the chilled bars and let set .

For easy cutting, remove the bars from the pan and using a large knife, warmed under running water, slice into 16 even bars.  Run knife under hot water and wipe off as needed.

Enjoy!

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Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Once per year we have a statutory holiday to give thanks, spend time with family and/or friends and expand our waistlines.  I do hope everyone reading this has an opportunity to hug or be hugged by someone they care about whether it’s a friend, co-worker, family member or a loved pet.

For me, baking is my hug to everyone.  Hopefully you will pass on a hug by giving today’s recipe a try and sharing it!

Use real lemons not bottled lemon juice for this recipe for the freshest flavours.  Room temperature lemons will provide more juice than those straight from the fridge.  When zesting make sure to only grate the yellow not the bitter white (the pith) underneath.  If you have lemons you won’t use up quickly, zest them and put the zest in a ziploc bag in the freezer and squeeze out the juice for future use.

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

 Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Preheat oven to 350F.  Makes 2 9×5-inch loaf pans.  Grease and flour loaf pans and set aside.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup buttermilk

Zest of 2 lemons

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups sugar

5 eggs

Lemon Glaze:

Mix approximately 1/3 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice with 1 cup of icing sugar until pourable consistency.  Add a bit more lemon juice or icing sugar until desired consistency reached. Drizzle over cooled loafs.

Method:

In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine buttermilk, lemon zest and lemon juice.

In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated after each.

Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture, using 3 flour additions and 2 buttermilk additions.  Don’t overmix just beat on low until smooth and combined.

 

Divide batter evenly between pans and smooth tops.  Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted centre comes out clean.  Cool cakes about 15 minutes and then remove from pans to cool completely on a rack.

If desired, when cool, drizzle with lemon glaze.

Caramel Pecan Cake

Caramel Pecan Cake

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Caramel Pecan Cake – Getting Started!

In the brilliant book BakeClass they refer to today’s recipe as a ‘cake’, perhaps becuase it is so light and airy, but I’d classify it as more of a loaf or bread.  Mostly because it bakes in a loaf pan and has a drizzling of icing not a layer of icing piled on top.

Looking for quick, easy and minimal dishes plus light, moist and sweet, here is a winner.  No mixer required and you can make it at the last minute and not worry about room temperature butter since you use a saucepan!  Yup, a saucepan!

If you have self-rising flour in your pantry you won’t even need a measuring spoon.  No self-rising flour??  No worries, measure 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt into a dry 1-cup measure and top with all-purpose flour.  Make sure to give a good mix before adding to the recipe.

This comes together quickly so make sure your oven is preheated to 325F and your 9×5-inch loaf pan is greased and lined with parchment paper (with an overhang for easy removal).

Pecans would be my first preference for this loaf but walnuts would work great or a combination of pecans and walnuts.  Just bake it up next time you require a simple tea cake or a suppliment with your afternoon coffee.  Oven’s on you say?!  Then let’s get started!

Caramel Pecan Cake
Caramel Pecan Cake – sweetenuf.ca

 

Caramel Pecan Cake

Preheat oven to 325F.  Grease and line 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 3/4 ounces butter, cubed

1/2 cup milk

1 egg, room temperature

3/4 cup, rough chopped pecans

1 cup self-rising flour

1/4 toasted whole pecans – for garnish

1 tbsp golden corn syrup – for garnish to drizzle

Caramel Icing:

Mix together: 1 tbsp water, 2 tbsp golden corn syrup and 1 1/2 cups icing sugar until thick but pourable.  Add a little more water if necessary.  Set aside for cooled cake.

Method:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt together the butter, brown sugar and milk, until the butter just melts.  Make sure it is not too hot.  Remove from heat and let cool if necessary.

With a wooden spoon or whisk, stir in the egg and pecans.  Add the flour and stir until just combined.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and smooth the surface with offset spatula or back of spoon  Bake approximatley 35 minutes or until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan.  Once cool, spoon on with Caramel Icing then drizzle on syrup and garnish with remaining pecans.

 

 

White Chocolate Orange Scones

White Chocolate Orange Scones

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White Chocolate Orange Scones

White Chocolate Orange Scones

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) cold butter, cut into small pieces

4 ounces white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate

Method:

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a 2nd baking sheet under lined sheet.  (This helps to prevent the bottom from over baking.)

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, orange zest and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, orange juice, vanilla and egg.

Add the butter to the dry ingredients and use a pastry blender or 2 knives to cut the cold butter in.  Pieces should be the size of peas OR use a box grater and grate the butter into the flour mixture and toss lightly until butter pieces are coated with the flour mixture.

Add the wet ingredients and fold in until just combined.  Fold in the chocolate.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead (adding flour as necessary) until it comes together.  Pat dough into a square and then roll it out to a 12-inch square.  Now fold it together in thirds (it will resemble a letter) and then fold into thirds again, (now it will look like a nice little square pacakge) adding flour as necessary to prevent sticking.  Put on alightly floured plate and freeze for about 10 minutes.

Put dough on lightly floured surface and roll out to a large circle about 1/2 thick and score into 8 portions.

If desired, brush to tops with a little cream and sprinkle with sugar.

Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for approximately 18-25 minutes until golden brown on top and bottom.

Best eaten day of baking but wrap well and microwave for 5-10 seconds on the second day IF there are any leftovers.

Butterscotch Cupcakes

Butterscotch Cupcakes

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Butterscotch Cupcakes…sweetenuf.ca

The butterscotch flavour comes from the brown sugar and butter in these moist sweet cupcakes.  Did you know both butterscotch and toffee are part of the caramel family.  Butterscotch tastes similar to caramel but is sweeter and more butterty in taste which is most likely why I thought they were fantastic.

It is amazing the baking books I discover when I go on the hunt for a particular recipe!  I start looking for one thing and suddenly come across a recipe book or magazine tucked away (usually under several other baking related books or papers) and most often several pages are flagged with post-it notes awaiting a ‘bake-up’.

I’ve probably had this particular book “Caramel” by Carole Bloom for about 5 years and I guess this week it was time for Butterscotch Cupcakes so here you go!

Oh, a couple of things….this recipe calls for Cake & Pastry Flour which I didn’t have on hand.  You can substitite all-purpose flour BUT for every cup of all-purpose flour you use REMOVE 2 tbsp.  Alternately, if you had a recipe calling for all-purpose flour and you only had cake and pastry flour you would need to ADD 2 tbsp for each cup used.  For the batch I made I got 21 cupcakes not 16.  And I used my regular icing recipe and added some already prepared butterscotch sauce to it.  You could add some Dulce de Leche or use a plain vanilla icing.  These are definitely sweet treats but I bet you’ll be adding this to your recipe file.  Happy baking!

Butterscotch Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350F.  Paper line or grease 2 12-cup muffin tins.  Yield: approx. 16

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 large egg yolks

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups cake flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher or fine-grained sea salt

2/3 cup sour cream

Method:

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Gradually add the brown sugar and beat until creamy.

In a small bowl, using a fork, lightly beat the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla together.  Add to the butter mixture in 2 stages, beating well after each addition. Stop and scrap down sides and bottom of bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure well mixed.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt to blend.  Add half of this dry mixture to the butter/sugar/egg mixure and combine thoroughly.  Add the sour cream and blend until smooth and then add the remaining dry ingredients and blend thoroughly.

Fill prepared cups 2/3 full and bake about 22 minutes, until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack for about 5-10 minutes then remove cupcakes to cool completely before icing.  Now share!!

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Sprinkle topped Butterscotch Cupcakes…recipe on sweetenuf.ca

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is one of those vegetables that doesn’t do much for me.  Truth be told, no vegetable really does that much for me but I know I need to consume them.  Other than potatoes that have been deepfried and I’m not sure I should count that?!  Zucchini does redeem itself fantastically when grated into a loaf or muffin and this recipe from ‘Bake Class’, a terrific baking book by Anneka Manning, is wonderfully simple, quick, moist and speckled with zucchini.

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I made it the first time using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Flour and it turned out great.  It didn’t rise as high as the ones made with all-purpose flour/whole wheat flour but the delicious taste and moistness was still there.  The gluten-free version was also a little denser but it was still all eaten within 48 hours!

A note to those of you purchasing the Red Mill Gluten Free Flour…I purchased the 1:1 bag which already has the addition of zanthem gum to it.  It is more expensive than their other gluten free flour, by about $3 where I purchased it, but you just measure and substitue in your recipes without having to fuss with additional ingredients.  A winner for this recipe anyway!

I skipped the pistachio’s in my bread as I didn’t have any on hand but feel free to add in some pecans or walnuts or even a few butterscotch chips.  Scumptious, moist and packed with flecks of zucchini the only improvement I made was slathering my slices with some sweet butter.  Mmmm Mmmm, fabulous with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.

Oh, a few more things…this recipe has no salt so ‘no’, I didn’t forget it; I used regular brown sugar instead of raw sugar and once I was short about 1/2 cup of zucchini so I added in some ripe banana and it was great.  Give this recipe a try and feel free to message me!

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Where’s the Butter?

Happy Baking.

Zucchini & Pistachio Loaf

Preheat oven to 325F.  Parchment line a 5 x 9 1/2 with parchment paper to make sling for easy removal.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 cup raw sugar

2/3 cup sunflower or light olive oil

Grated zest of 1 orange

2 1/4 cups coarsely grated zucchini

1/2 cup (approx.) unsalted shelled pistachios

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole-wheat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

Method:

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, oil and zest.  Stir in zucchini and pistachios.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and cinnamon.  Add to the the zucchini mixture and stir with a spatula or large spoon just until combined.

Spoon into the prepared loaf pan and smooth top evenly,

Bake for approximately 50-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Let cool about 5 minues and remove from pan to cool completely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine Day Cupcakes (Peanut Butter)


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Peanut Butter Cupcakes w Raspberry Icing…sweetenufblog

Chocolate seems to be the flavour of choice for Valentine’s Day but if you’re looking to switch things up this year bake up a batch of PB & J cupcakes.  Peanut butter cupcakes topped with a raspberry icing are a great way to show your love.

The scent alone of these peanut butter cupcakes will have your mouth watering!  You could enjoy one sans the icing as they are wonderfully moist but why anyone would miss an opportunity for raspberry flavoured icing is beyond me.

This delicious and easy to make recipe is from “Salty Sweets” by Christie Matheson.  It bakes up a perfect 12 cupcakes and I’ll bet you already have everything you need at home.  So, don’t waste time as Valentine Day is fast approaching.  Be your own Valentine and bake up a batch just for yourself.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Raspberry Icing

Preheat oven to 350F.  Paper line a 12-cup muffin tin.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

3/4 creamy peanut butter (not natural)

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup whole milk

Method:

In small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

In the bowl of a mix master cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and creamy.  Scrape down bowl.  Add in egg and vanilla and beat together for about 30 seconds.

With mixer on low add in 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the milk, then 1/3 of the flour, then remaining milk and last 1/3 of flour, mixing until just combined after each addition.  Don’t overmix.

Divide batter evenly between the 12 cups and bake for about 20 minutes until tops spring back lightly and a tooth pick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Remove and let cool completely before icing.

Raspberry Icing:

Beat together 1/2 cup softened butter and 4 cups icing sugar.  Add in a tablespoon of cream or milk one at a time until you have a firm icing.  Add in 1 tsp of vanilla and mix.  Add in a couple tablespoonfuls of seedless strawberry jam and mix together well.  If icing is too thin add in a few tablespoons more of icing sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Peanut Butter Cupcake w Raspberry Icing
Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Raspberry Icing…sweetenufblog