Archive of ‘Desserts’ category

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I’m doing something a little different with this recipe. All of these photos come from my Instagram app on my iPhone. Instagram is a photo editing app that allows you to manipulate a photo either before or after taking it. You can use it to apply filters to give your photos an artsy feel to them. Personally my favourite photo out of the bunch is the one above. Doesn’t that just look cool? Also the shadows from the blinds in our kitchen just make it perfect. One of my personal struggles with blogging are the photos. I tried using my husband’s fancy Canon and failed. I look at other bloggers’ posts and they look stunning. I then have to remind myself that I’m a newbie at this. Other bloggers admit to starting out taking pictures with point and shoot cameras or their iPhones. It’s ok! I’ll get there one day.

In the end what matters most is that I bring you guys delicious recipes, right? Well trust me, these ones are good. Mr. Ketchup said “These are the most delicious ‘healthy things’ that I have ever tasted!”. So that’s good right?

I had meant to bake these on the weekend and use them as snacks for lunches the rest of the week. Yes I make both of our lunches….if I don’t Mr. Ketchup would buy his and that would not only cost more but it would be less healthy for him. Yes, he is pretty lucky. What was I saying again? Oh yes, the majority of these were gone the first day. These only made it to lunches on the Monday, and Mr. Ketchup got the last one on Tuesday. Oh and no I didn’t take a bite of that wrapper too before I snapped the above pic. It tore when I tried to remove it. This recipe is kind of sticky so even if you use wrappers you need to spray them….trust me!

So what are your thoughts on my Instagram pics? I won’t be taking pics this way all the time as I need to learn how to use a regular camera but I think it creates a fun effect.

Vanilla Bean Meringues

You know what’s funny? I’m not a huge fan of store bought meringues. They always just seemed way too crunchy and too sweet and I don’t know….just not my style. I’d prefer chocolate over store bought meringues any day. But recently I saw some blog posts about meringues and they just looked so adorable, easy and a great way to use up a bunch of egg whites. Speaking of egg whites, did you know that you can actually freeze eggs? If a recipe calls for just egg whites or yolks and you have some leftover, just toss them in a dish and in the freezer. They turn out just fine, even for delicate stuff like these meringues. You can actually pipe these out and get pretty little swirls, but I think they look great when you just use a spoon and dollop the batter too like I did.

Ok, lets get back to my point, shall we? Homemade meringues are amazing! I’d even go as far to say that they are amazeballs. I mean, it’s all about how long you bake them for but these babies were crunchy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. They were very sweet but not overpoweringly so. Oh man they were good.

I actually made these for a co-worker who was leaving (if you are reading this, we miss you!) and it was hard for me to let them go! I just had to remind myself that I could easy make more. In fact, I will be making more because my best friends from back home will be visiting shortly and one of my girlfriends loves meringues. Don’t worry hun, I will make some more of these for you (oh who am I kidding, for me too). Mr. Ketchup actually didn’t really like these as he doesn’t like meringue based treats (although he loves lemon meringue pie…. see he’s weird, just like me!) which is fine by me, because then I can have more!

Because these are so delicate, you definitely don’t want to brown or over bake them. The best way to do this is start this at night, bake them on low, and then prop open the oven and let the heat cure them over night (see above. Yes that’s my oven. I cannot wait until we are able to renovate our kitchen and I can get a nicer oven!).

And the best part about these is that you can change up the flavors, dip them, whatever you want!

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Bailey’s Icing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I hope you all are partying it up and having green beer and some Bailey’s Irish Cream or Irish Whisky. Although, not at the same time because that would be really gross and you’d probably get sick. You can also celebrate St. Patty’s by making these cupcakes!

I ran into a few problems when making these little guys. First, no store was selling anything baking gear for St. Patty’s. None! I mean, really? Not even cupcake liners?? So instead I got the closest thing, some napkins and sprinkles. I thought that Micheal’s would at least have some on clearance, but there was absolutely nothing. My second problem was that my gel food colouring had leaked everywhere and it totally stained my hands. 3rd, my cat threw up on my shoes in the middle of me making these and I had to stop to clean up. Don’t worry guys, I did wash my hands afterwards. I definitely didn’t have the luck of the Irish today. Oh and these look brown in the pics but in person they are a nice dark green. You will need a lot of gel food colouring. Basically, the more cocoa you put in, the more food colouring you will need.

Thank goodness these turned out amazing because I would have been pretty upset if I had a recipe fail on top of everything!

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Sauce

Happy 1st Birthday to Please Pass the Ketchup!!!!!!!

This cake was made yesterday in celebration. It occurred to me, while I was baking it, that I have made a lot of rich, chocolatey stuff lately. Yay! You can probably tell, but I like chocolate. I loooooove chocolate. If I could I would probably not marry it but I would be BFFs with chocolate.

The perfect accompaniment was the chocolate sauce. This cake is very rich, and full out icing would have been wayyyy too overwhelming. A bit of sauce adds just a bit of an extra kick to it, and makes it completely irresistible.

So the recipe for the sauce comes from Mr. David Lebovitz himself, the king of chocolate. Well maybe the king is a bit of an exaggeration but he has a chocolate book. So make sure you check out the links I have posted here because his recipes are fantastic.

 

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