Chocolate Cherry Loaf

Chocolate Cherry Loaf
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Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
55-65 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
55-65 minutes
Chocolate Cherry Loaf
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
55-65 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time
55-65 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Combine cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat to a simmer over medium heat. Stir water and cornstarch together in a small bowl and add to cherries, stirring constantly until combine and mixture returns to a full simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool to slightly warm or room temperature. Continue with recipe as cherries cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350℉ and prepare a 9"x5"x3"loaf pan by spraying with non stick spray or lightly greasing with butter and lining with parchment that overhangs the long edges.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt until combined.
  4. Beat together butter, cream cheese and sugar until smooth, scraping the bowl once or twice. Add eggs one at a time, scraping bowl and beating after each until incorporated. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Pour in half the milk and half the flour and beat until just combined. Repeat with remaining milk and flour. Scrape the bowl and add chocolate chips and mix to combine.
  5. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and spread smooth. Top with half the cherry sauce, remaining batter and cherry sauce again on the top. Using a table knife, swirl batter in a figure eight pattern two or three times to create nice swirls of cherry sauce. No need to over swirl.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan prior to lifting out and slicing.

Blueberry French Toast Bake

Blueberry French Toast Bake
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Blueberry French Toast Bake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Ingredients
Blueberry French Toast Bake
Balsamic Blueberry Sauce
Servings: people
Instructions
Blueberry French Toast Bake
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Generously butter an 8"x8" pan. Spread half the bread cubes evenly in pan and dot with half of the cream cheese chunks. Sprinkle with 1/2 the blueberries. Repeat with remaining bread, cream cheese and blueberries. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375℉. Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes until golden and set in the centre. Remove from oven and serve with balsamic blueberry sauce.
Balsamic Blueberry Sauce
  1. In a medium sauce pan combine blueberries, sugar, and 4 tbsp of water. Cook over medium heat until simmering and sugar has dissolved, approximately 10 minutes. Stir together cornstarch and remaining 2 tbsp of water. Stir into blueberries and heat to a full simmer. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and blueberry balsamic vinegar. Serve warm with french toast.
Recipe Notes

Balsamic Blueberry Sauce can be made a day ahead with the french toast and rewarmed for serving, or cooked while the Blueberry French Toast  is baking. I made the french toast in muffin tins for presentation, however they were fussy to assemble and difficult to remove from tins.  A single 8"x8" pan is recommended.

Parsnip Spice Muffins

Parsnip Spice Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Parsnip Spice Muffins
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Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 muffins 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 12 muffin tins with parchment or muffin liners. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating after each. Whisk in applesauce, milk and vanilla to combine. Whisk in flour mixture and parsnips until just combined. Stir in pecans.
  3. Divide batter equally between prepared muffin tins using a generous 1/4 cup of batter each. Bake in preheated oven for 25-28 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. In a small bowl stir together cream cheese, icing sugar, milk and vanilla to form a smooth texture. Drizzle or spread onto cooled muffins.

Fresh Asparagus Toast


Fresh Asparagus Toast
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Servings Prep Time
8 toasts 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 toasts 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Fresh Asparagus Toast
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Servings Prep Time
8 toasts 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 toasts 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: toasts
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mash feta and cream cheese together using a fork until well combined but some little bits remain of the feta. Set aside. (avocado is added at the end to avoid oxidization)
  2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, shallots, salt and pepper. Set aside. Peel asparagus into thin strips by holding the bottom woody portion of the spear and using a vegetable peeler, peel towards the tip in one motion. Continue to peel off thin strips until the spear is too flat and the peeler won't dig in. Turn what's left of the spear onto its side and continue to peel once or twice. You should be left with 1-2" of woody stem that was used as the handle. Discard this unused portion. In a medium size bowl toss together shaved asparagus and dressing. Set aside.
  3. Turn oven to broil and position oven rack to 8" from the top. Brush each bread slice with olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet. Broil for 2-3 minutes until just starting to turn golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes. While toast is cooling, mash avocado into cheese until incorporated. For each piece of bread, spread with a generous 2 tbsp of cheese spread, top with 1/4 cup of asparagus, top with your favourite sprouts or micro greens and a sprinkle of pine nuts. Add freshly cracked pepper if desired and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Toast pine nuts in a single layer in a 350℉ oven for 10-12 minutes.  Can omit or substitute in toasted almond slices if desired.

Peanut Butter Tarts


Peanut Butter Tarts
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 80 minutes
Peanut Butter Tarts
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Servings Prep Time
8 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 minutes 80 minutes
Ingredients
Tart Shells
Ganache
Filling
Servings: people
Instructions
Tart Shells
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a food processor pulse together Nilla wafers, peanuts and sugar until you have a course uniform crumb. Drizzle in melted butter and pulse a few times to combine. Using 8, 4" mini tart pans with removable bottoms add 1/4 cup of crumb mixture to tart pan and evenly spread over the bottom and up the sides, pressing lightly to compact. Place prepared tart shells on a large baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool at room temperature.
Ganache
  1. Heat heavy cream in a small sauce pan or microwave until hot. Pour over chopped chocolate and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes to melt. Add sweetened condensed milk and whisk until smooth. Scoop 1tbsp of ganache into cooled tart shells and spread out evenly over the bottom. Reserve remaining ganache for drizzling. Refrigerate tart shells for 15-20 minutes to firm up ganache.
Filling
  1. Beat cream cheese and peanut butter together until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Beat until combined and smooth.
  2. Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into peanut butter mixture. Scoop a full 1/4 cup of filling into each tart shell, smooth out the top as desired. Chill for at least an hour. Drizzle remaining ganache over tarts and garnish with shaved chocolate and/or chopped peanuts and serve.
Recipe Notes

You may need to warm the reserved ganache for drizzling.  Simply microwave under medium power, whisking at 10 second intervals.