Graveyard Brownie Bites

Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.
Graveyard Brownie Bites
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    Servings Prep Time
    36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    12 minutes 60 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    12 minutes 60 minutes
    Graveyard Brownie Bites resting on crumbled cookie dirt scattered with sculls and bones.
    Graveyard Brownie Bites
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      12 minutes 60 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      36 mini brownies 60-80 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      12 minutes 60 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: mini brownies
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
      2. Prep 36 non-stick mini muffin tin cups by either spraying generously with non-stick spray or greasing and flouring. See note.
      3. Chop the semi-sweet chocolate and measure out 4 ounces. In a large bowl combine the 4 ounces of chocolate with the butter and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted, stirring often.
      4. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fully combined.
      5. Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt directly into the bowl. Whisk to combine just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
      6. Scoop the batter into prepared mini muffin cups using a level 2 tbsp scoop.
      7. Bake on the centre rack for 12 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely in the pan.
      8. Meanwhile, prepare the tombstones but slicing each cookie wafer into thirds, tapering the bottom slightly inward toward the center piece to create a tombstone shape. Reserve the side pieces that have been cut off.
      9. Crush reserved cookie wafers that have been cut off the sides to a fine crumb that resembles dirt and set aside.
      10. Dust each tombstone piece with a small amount of powdered sugar by rubbing the sugar lightly onto the cookie wafer.
      11. Melt the remaining 3 ounces of chopped chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave using 30 second intervals and stirring often until melted.
      12. Remove brownie bites from the pan and spread the tops with a small teaspoon of melted chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with crumbled cookie wafers and press lightly to adhere.
      13. Push a tombstone wafer into each brownie bite, cutting a small slit in the brownie if needed to push in far enough to hold in place.
      14. Decorate with candy bones, spiders, or worms as desired. Drizzle with red decorating gel to mimic blood. Serve and enjoy!
      Recipe Notes

      - I have used both pan preparation methods with similar results.  The key is to allow the brownie bites to cool completely in the pan before trying to remove them.  Loosen the tops from the pan with a sharp knife if necessary. Twist the brownie lightly to loosen and the brownie should pop out.

      Parsnip Spice Cake

      Parsnip Spice Cake
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        Servings
        16-18
        Servings
        16-18
        Parsnip Spice Cake
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          Servings
          16-18
          Servings
          16-18
          Ingredients
          Cake
          Simple Syrup
          Cream Cheese Icing
          Servings:
          Instructions
          Cake
          1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cake pans as per option 1 or option 2 below.
          2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt.
          3. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Stir in parsnips.
          4. Option 1: Line the bottoms of 3 - 8" round cake pans with parchment and spray sides with non-stick spray. Divide batter evenly into each pan and spread out with a spatula (about 13 ounces per pan). Bake on centre rack for 17-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
          5. Remove cake from pans and peel off parchment. Brush each layer with the simple syrup. Arrange one layer on a serving plate and spread with approximately 1/4 of icing. Top with another layer and repeat with icing and top with the remaining cake layer. Ice the top, reserving a small amount of icing to fill in the layer sides. Run a bench scraper or long straight edge spatula around the outside of the cake to smear and flatten the icing into a "naked cake" look. Dust the top with cinnamon and cut into desired wedges.
          6. Option 2: Spray a 9"x13" pan with non-stick spray. Pour batter into the pan and spread out evenly with a spatula. Bake on centre rack for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Brush with simple syrup and spread evenly with frosting. Cut into desired squares and serve.
          Simple Syrup
          1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once at a boil, allow syrup to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in brandy. Allow to cool completely before brushing on the cake.
          Cream Cheese Icing
          1. Beat butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, spices and vanilla. Beat until just combined. Frost cake as desired.

          Frozen Yogurt Strawberry Cake

          Frozen Yogurt Strawberry Cake
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            Servings Prep Time
            12-16 slices 60 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            46 minutes 6+ hours
            Servings Prep Time
            12-16 slices 60 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            46 minutes 6+ hours
            Frozen Yogurt Strawberry Cake
            Print Recipe
              Servings Prep Time
              12-16 slices 60 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              46 minutes 6+ hours
              Servings Prep Time
              12-16 slices 60 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              46 minutes 6+ hours
              Ingredients
              Pretzel crust
              Cake filling
              Servings: slices
              Instructions
              Pretzel crust
              1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
              2. Using a food processor, blend pretzels and sugar until you have a fine crumb. Add melted butter and pulse until combined.
              3. Press crumbs evenly into a 10" springform pan. Bake for 6 minutes, remove and allow to cool to room temperature while preparing the filling.
              Cake filling
              1. Increase oven to 400°F.
              2. Hull strawberries and cut in quarters. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Flip strawberries and continue to roast for 20 minutes. Strawberries will be soft and jammy. Allow them to cool to room temperature.
              3. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Beat in yogurt, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar and vanilla. Keep chilled until ready to proceed.
              4. Whip heavy cream and the remaining 1/4 cup of powdered sugar until stiff. Keep chilled until ready to proceed.
              5. Once strawberries have cooled, combine with the granulated sugar in a food processor or blender and blend until pureed and combined.
              6. Stir strawberry mixture into the cream cheese/yogurt mixture until completed combined. Fold in whipped cream and pour over cooled pretzel crust. Smooth out top and place in freezer for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
              7. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and remove outer springform ring at least 20 minutes prior to serving. Cut into wedges and serve garnished with additional whipped cream and fresh macerated strawberries if desired.
              Recipe Notes

              -strawberries can be roasted and chilled one day ahead.

              -frozen cake well covered will keep for up to a month in the freezer.

              Cherry Almond Danish

              A slice of Cherry Almond Danish sits on a white plate with a fork to the side. The plate sits on a flowered cloth that is draped over a wooden tray with a cup of black coffee in the upper right corner.
              Cherry Almond Danish
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                Servings Prep Time
                8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
                Cook Time
                25-28 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
                Cook Time
                25-28 minutes
                A slice of Cherry Almond Danish sits on a white plate with a fork to the side. The plate sits on a flowered cloth that is draped over a wooden tray with a cup of black coffee in the upper right corner.
                Cherry Almond Danish
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  25-28 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  25-28 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Danish
                  Glaze
                  Servings: 1 1/2" slices
                  Instructions
                  Danish
                  1. Combine cherries and sugar in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until cherries are soft and syrupy about 10 minutes.
                  2. In a small bowl whisk together 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 tbsp cold water. Stir into cherries and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a full boil.
                  3. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
                  4. Preheat oven to 425℉ and line a heavy baking sheet with parchment.
                  5. In a small bowl cream together cream cheese, 1 tbsp of powdered sugar and vanilla.
                  6. Lay puff pastry sheet on parchment and stretch slightly in width and length to 11-12".
                  7. Using a pastry scraper or knife cut 1" wide fingers on the top and bottom third of pastry (length of fingers will be 3-4") and the centre 4" portion will be uncut (see photo).
                  8. Spread cream cheese evenly along the centre uncut 4" portion of pastry.
                  9. Spread cherry filling evenly on top of the cream cheese filling, leaving the fingers uncovered.
                  10. Pull fingers across filling, alternating sides as you go (it's ok to have some small spaces in the pastry). Tuck any excess pastry underneath.
                  11. In a small bowl whisk together egg and 1 tbsp milk or cream. Brush generously onto pastry.
                  12. Bake in preheated oven for 25-28 minutes until golden and puffed. Remove from oven to a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
                  Glaze
                  1. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk or cream. Drizzle over pastry while warm and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
                  2. Serve warm, cutting into 1 1/2" slices.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -Toast almonds in a preheated 350℉ oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring once.

                  -Using a pastry cutter to cut fingers allows a clean cut without cutting through the parchment.

                  Raspberry Swirl Cake


                  Raspberry Swirl Cake
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    12-16 people 20 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    50-60 minutes 3 hours
                    Servings Prep Time
                    12-16 people 20 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    50-60 minutes 3 hours
                    Raspberry Swirl Cake
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      12-16 people 20 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      50-60 minutes 3 hours
                      Servings Prep Time
                      12-16 people 20 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      50-60 minutes 3 hours
                      Ingredients
                      Raspberry Sauce
                      Cake
                      Mascarpone Whipped Cream
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      Raspberry Sauce
                      1. Combine raspberries and sugar in a small sauce pan and heat on medium until berries have cooked down and mixture is bubbling, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Whisk together water and cornstarch. Add to berries, stirring until combined and mixture returns to a boil. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on solids to extract as much sauce as possible. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Yields approximately 3/4 cup.
                      Cake
                      1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and position rack in centre of oven. Prepare a 9" x 2" or 9" x 3" cake pan by spraying with non stick spray and lining bottom with parchment paper.
                      2. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Beat sugar and oil together using a stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment or an electric hand mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking after each. Beat until light, about 1 minute. Add milk, vanilla and flour mixture. Whisk on medium/high until smooth, scraping bowl once, about 1 minute. With mixer running on low, slowly add water. Increase speed and mix until water is incorporated, scraping the bowl once.
                      3. Pour half the batter into prepared pan and drizzle with 3 tbsp of raspberry sauce. Pour on remaining batter and repeat with another 3 tbsp of raspberry sauce. Using a small knife pushed to the bottom of the pan, make several figure 8's in the batter to swirl the raspberry sauce. Do not swirl or stir in excess as it will muddle the batter. You will have some raspberry sauce remaining on the top of the cake.
                      4. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack and allow to cool completely prior to removing from pan. When cool, invert cake and remove parchment paper, turn back upright and top with mascarpone whipped cream. Serve with extra raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries.
                      Mascarpone Whipped Cream
                      1. Using a stand mixer fitted with a whip or electric hand held mixer, whip cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and vanilla and continue to whip on high until combined and stiff peaks form.
                      Recipe Notes

                      Be sure to use a 9" x 2" or 9" x 3" pan.