Strawberries and Whipped Cream Cake

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Several people in my family really REALLY like vanilla cake with whipped cream and strawberries.. not SHORTCAKE .. true shortcake is an entirely different thing.. more like a biscuit.  I made this one for my niece Madeleine’s birthday this year.  I will say this.. I used some brown sugar in it as I was short on white… (half white half brown…) and it did lend a bit of a caramely taste, but it’s prettier if you use all white. Continue reading

Blueberry Pie

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Well hello there Blueberry pie….

We bought a lot of blueberries, so I made some pie….

Blueberry pie has always been one of my favourites since I was a kid.  I think because it wasn’t a frequent type of pie that we had… my mother made a lot of apple pies…

Anyway.. made some pie.  I had to kind of fool around with this… last time I made a berry pie it was a wee bit runny… my rule of thumb is basically 1 tbsp cornstarch for each cup of berries.. seems to do the trick.  It was delicious. Just saying. Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies (with or without Caramel in the middle)

Chocolate Chip CookiesSo I got into my head re: chocolate chip cookies with caramel in them and this is what happened.

I made the cookies using shortening and margarine and butter.  Because I was filling the cookies with caramel, I used shortening as it has a higher melting point so I thought it would hold the caramel better.  Cookies were good, however…. RE-made with butter and they are much better (because I love butter.)  Use whichever suits you!  I’ve tweaked the recipe… this is the best version yet. Continue reading

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I decided to make some cookies.  For some reason I became somewhat obsessed with putting caramel into cookies and wanted to try some stuff… and… ended up making a boatload of cookies.

These ones are chocolate chocolate chip with caramel inside and sea salt.  I made these using  “golden shortening”… in the States they call it butter flavoured, but in Canada you can’t say that.  Blah blah blah.  Continue reading

Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts - Beth the BakerWhen I was a kid, my mother used to make butter tarts at Christmas.. little tiny fancy tarts which I found quite delicious.  My mother used currants and that is the way I had always had them.

When I met my (former) husband, he mentioned his love of the tarts, so I made attempts to make them the way he liked them.

That said, I have not made butter tarts for years.  I used to make them quite often.  However, once the ex and I split, I just really didn’t bake as often and really had no reason to make them… Continue reading

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie - Beth the BakerHappy PI Day!

Okay, so this is late.  And I’m a nerd.  Pi Day is supposed to be to celebrate the mathematical constant Pi or π.  However, it IS a pretty good excuse to just have pie.  And I WAS in Math Club, so it’s all good.  Although at Math competitions we just got donuts.  No pie.  The heathens!

We celebrated Pi Day with some pretty delicious Coconut Cream Pie.  Enjoy! Continue reading