Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

#BakeWithHeart using Becel Anything Goes Cookie Dough #BecelAd

This post was sponsored by Becel. 
Becel Anything Goes Cookie Dough recipe #BakeWithHeart
During the holidays, I find myself baking and sharing homemade goodies a little more than we usually do during the rest of the year! There's something about the holiday season that inspires me to get creative in the kitchen and bake for my loved ones. So when I heard Becel is helping Canadians #BakewithHeart and Gift with Love this holiday season by offering a single, customizable Becel Anything Goes Cookie Dough recipe that guarantees soft and chewy cookies, I knew I had to get in on the action. I tried this recipe and love the results! It is easy to make and the cookies turn out fabulous, which makes these cookies the perfect homemade gift to give our loved ones. 

When I bake, I find using Becel® margarine instead of butter makes the process faster and the goodies taste delicious. It's easy to replace butter with Becel® margarine 1:1 in any of our favourite holiday baking recipes, but the best part is that it is ready to use straight from the fridge! As an added bonus, it's free from artificial preservatives, flavours and colours and is made from a simple blends of plant and seed oils.

French Toast in a Mug and Holiday Recipes From Egg Farmers of Ontario

French Toast in a Mug
This quick, delicious French Toast was made in a mug, in the microwave and was ready to enjoy in two minutes.

1 tbsp butter
2 to 3 slices of bread cut into cubes
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon
maple syrup or treacle to serve

Brownies with Rice Krispies

Happy Holidays!

These brownies with Rice Krispies are delicious and easy to make.

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal crushed
1/2 cup vanilla flavoured sugar  
1/4 cup flour
1/8 cup cocoa
pinch salt
pinch baking soda
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk

Mix crushed cereal, sugar, flour, cocoa, salt and nuts.  Then add oil, eggs and milk.  Mix until combined and then spread evenly in a greased 8" x 8" baking pan.
Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Do not over bake.  Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.  
Store in a tight covered container at room temperature.  This recipe is slightly adapted from this site.

This holiday season Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal has teamed up withe Lisa Sangeuedolce, a top Canadian cake decorator to create dazzling homemade gift ideas on a tiny budget.  Lisa's signature Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal holiday ornaments put a fancy twist on Rice Krispies square.  Join Kellogg's on Facebook and see a variety of ideas to make delicious treats.

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Holiday gift packaging ideas and festive coffees from Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts packaged coffee will have their new gingerbread cookie flavoured coffee and other seasonal varieties of coffees such as pumpkin spice and mocha mint available for a limited time to celebrate this festive season.
Select bags of Dunkin Donuts seasonal coffees include paper gift tags that make it easy for us to take it as hostess gifts or holiday treats.

Dunkin Donuts has partnered with Cindy Hopper, a craft blogger to come up with these creative gift wrapping ideas.
  • Let the gift and wrapping compliment one another. i.e. place a bag on gingerbread cookie coffee from Dunkin Donuts in a cookie jar, or serve Mocha Mint with a favourite chocolate bar.
  • Make packaging playful and add a small toy i.e. jump rope as ribbon or jingle bells to the top of the gift.
  • Use blown up balloons or colourful tissue paper to make it eye-catching when the recipients open their package.
  • Use palin paper and put prints, or use newspaper comics, wallpaper scraps or even pages from an old atlas or map to make a memorable gift wrap.
  • Add fresh flowers, shells, misletoe when wrapping the gifts.
  • Instead of cardboard box use decorative tins, hat boxes or fruit crates.
  • Focus on the gift tag and use items like recipe cards, lugagae tag or coasters to identify the gift recipients.
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Golden sheet cake with buttercream icing

Eid Mubarak everyone.  Here is a golden sheet cake recipe I made for Eid.  The recipe is adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

12 tbsp (170g) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 3/4 cup (345g) flour
1/4 cup (30g) cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups (300g) sugar *
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ** 
3 large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 cup (355g) buttermilk well shaken

*I measured all ingredients in a weighing scale and reduced the amount of sugar by about 2 to 3 tbsp; just because my family doesn't like cakes that are too sweet.  Next time I will be reducing the butter by a couple of tbsp as well.
** I used vanilla infused sugar and omitted the vanilla extract.

Cream the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy then add vanilla if using.  Add eggs to this mixture one at a time beating well after each addition.  Add the buttermilk until just combined.
Mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a bowl, then sift it before mixing it into the butter sugar mixture in three additions until it is just incorporated. 
Spread the batter evenly in a 9"x13" baking pan prepared with parchment paper that is coated with butter or cooking spray or muffin tray (makes 24).  
Bake at 350F for 30 to 40 minutes until the cake tested with a skewer comes out clean.  Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes then discard the parchment paper and cool completely for about an hour before frosting the cake with buttercream icing.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is written by food blogger, Deb Perelman.  Deb started her kitchen adventure in her tiny kitchen in Manhattan and documented it in her blog Smitten Kitchen.  She has adapted her recipes for the everyday cook, as the recipes use less time to prepare, few  ingredients and costs less.  This cookbook has over 100 recipes that are easy to follow, which is separated into breakfast, salads, sandwich/tart/pizzas, vegetarian dishes, non-vegetarian dishes, sweets and party snacks/ drinks.  
I liked reading the stories that came with each recipe that accompanies delicious pictures.  
I will be having brunch with Deb, the author in the middle of November; so if you have any questions or comments please email me or leave a comment on this post.
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