Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

 

As with many things, I am quite spur of the moment.. meaning.. I just see something in the store or on TV or whatever and just suddenly think “I HAVE TO MAKE THAT!”

And so it was with the key lime pie… walking through Sobey’s the other day and there they were… KEY LIMES! I don’t remember the last time I saw them in a grocery store here! Very unusual! Continue reading

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 Jam

Blueberryjam

For those of you who don’t know, there was a point in my life that I refer to as “when I used to be Martha Stewart…”.  Meaning, I was a stay at home mom, so I often canned – salsa, pickles, different jams, and a kick ass marmalade.  I used to love to can things to give as gifts.  I also sewed clothes and costumes for the kids and made the nieces and nephews teddy bears and pajamas at Christmas time.  Oh, and Christmas stockings for the whole family.

Eventually, I got over this and haven’t busted the sewing machine out for years.  (Oh, I quilted too.) The most “Martha” I get is crafting occasionally (used to be a nearly daily occurrence.  I’m in crafting rehab.)  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

Chocolate Banana Brownies

Chocolate Banana Brownies I swear to you, these are delicious.

One of the things I’m doing with my baking is remaking recipes (sometimes, not all) to be vegetarian or vegan and many of the desserts I’ve modified to be low sugar.

I have a vegetarian niece, a vegan sister, a lactose intolerant daughter and a boyfriend with diabetes.  So, in some recipes I’ve offered modifications.  THIS is the delicious result of modifications… and I must get them out of my house as soon as possible or I will eat them ALL.  Continue reading

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream PieSo the beautiful and talented Katy Warren is not a big cake fan.  She likes pie.  LOVES pie.  For her birthday, I wasn’t sure what kind of pie to make… so I made two.  Also, I use the word “so” a lot.

I wasn’t sure what kind to make.. her favourite is Raspberry Pie, but felt it was the wrong time of year to make it (her birthday is in February) hence I made two pies.  Here’s number one…. Continue reading

Pie Crust

Beth the Baker - PiesAs I’ve mentioned, my Grandmother had a huge influence on my cooking.. But then again, so did my mother.  Particularly the art of the pie crust.

My mother baked pretty much every day when I was growing up as my father had a fondness for dessert with every meal.  He even had one of those triangular Tupperware containers in order to take his “lunch pie”.  Breakfast pie, lunch pie,  then pie for dessert after supper.  Not to mention his evening snack of ice cream…. You think he’d be a large man, but no, he was very active and likely has a great metabolism… which I did not inherit. Continue reading

My Grandmother’s Perogies

Perogies - Beth the BakerAnd here, my lovelies, is my convoluted perogy* post…. Scroll to the end to avoid rambling and just get at ‘er, however the rambling does contain hints….

When I was a kid, important celebrations involved perogies.

I can remember on my birthdays, my grandmother would make for me (and the family), perogies and doughnuts (that will be a different post..).  Perogies were generally only for “special occasions” as they involved a lot of work for my grandmother.  But when it’s your birthday, you get to choose the meal.  And I would always choose perogies.

I’ve seen some people claim that they are not hard – specifically with modern technology and food processors -but they do require a certain amount of expertise.  Back in the day it was all done by hand and took hours to make perogies for the family. Continue reading