What is it about coconut that makes every food that much better? I swear you could put coconut on something gross like, say cilantro, and it would somehow become enjoyable. But when you put coconut on something that’s already delicious, like cookies, then it’s next level. Chewy chocolate cookies are a classic that we all love and the coconut kick just makes it that much better.
When we think of ginger cookies we usually think about Christmas and cute little gingerbread (wo)men standing next to candy-coated houses. But on one sunny August day, I decided to make thick, chewy, spicy ginger cookies and share them with friends. After that day, I had people who had never used an oven (literally) asking me for the recipe. The next time I made them for a different group of friends the same thing happened – I then realized that these cookies were good, better than the regular and at first I had no idea why. What made these cookies better than a buttery chocolate chip cookie or classic oatmeal raisin? It had to be the richness in flavor that came from quality spices. After that I gained a new respect for taste and understanding of people’s appreciation for food having a deep flavor and not just a sweet flavor. Adding spices to my baking and cooking, when appropriate, elevated the meal and took it from bland and so-so to “omg, this is so good”. I’ve been experimenting ever since with spicing up my baking and I’ve been loving the results! When I first starting talking with A Spice Affair I […]
One of the first local food bloggers that I ever came across when I started in this crazy/wonderful blogging world is Jess from Cooking in my Genes. I was always amazed at her stunning photos, well written blog entries and seemingly endless inspiration. We finally met at a blogger meet up a few months ago and instantly hit it off. Naturally we decided that the next step in our friendship would be a baking date! Jess and I met up early in April armed with inspiration and our cameras. I was so fortunate to get to go to her house and meet her amazing husband (aka our recipe tester) and her pup Doug (aka my new BFF) and see her envy-worthy closet of flatlay and photo props. But above all else the best part of hanging with Jess is Jess herself. She is as sweet and nice as she seems on her blog and laugh-out-loud funny with a zest for creating amazing recipes and producing quality content for her followers. We could all use a Jess in our lives! Before we could get down to baking business, I had to first cuddle her dog (obviously) then we headed to the grocery […]
Have you ever been in a situation like this: You make cinnamon buns one random night two years ago. Several months later you attempt to find the recipe, fail, and end up making a different recipe that doesn’t turn out as good. For the following two years you keep thinking about that original recipe and what exactly you googled to find it. Then one seemingly inconspicuous day, completely by accident you find the recipe and rejoice by immediately blogging it so you never lose it again. That’s the story of this post. Despite cinnamon buns being fairly simple to make, finding a recipe that works in the high elevation I live at (3000 ft above sea level), that doesn’t require hours of rising (because I want to eat them now, not in 3 hours), and allows for lots of room for customization is challenging. These simple cinnamon buns require only ingredients you probably only have at home and bake within 15 minutes. Meaning you can eat your cinnamon buns in less than an hour…bonus! These cinnamon buns are soft, flaky and sweet with room for customization with raisins, nuts or anything else you can think of. Ingredients Buns 3 […]
Until a few years ago, scones were this mysterious biscuit/bread/cake thing that was reserved for fancy cafes and high teas at the Fairmont. I finally had my first scone when I was on vacation in San Francisco and I realized that scones may be amazing at high tea but they’re just as great for a quick breakfast. Despite coming to the conclusion that I don’t have to be in my finest outfit to enjoy a scone, I still had no idea where to begin with making them. Frankly, for the last two years I had zero interest. I thought they would be way too difficult and would require some sort of fancy UK baking technique that I was way too amateur to even attempt. Much to my surprise, scones are easy to make. They’re borderline fool proof and remarkably impressive to people who have feared them for years (like me). This Asiago and Black Pepper scone recipe can make made in 15 minutes or less, with one bowl and minimal prep work. They take less than 20 minutes to bake and another 5 to cool and last at least three days if sealed up. They have a sharp taste that […]
Does anyone else find baking to be an amazing way to relax and destress? If you read my last post on When life gets in the way of food, then you’ll know the last few weeks have been exceptionally hectic and busy for me. If you’ve ever had a puppy then you’ll know that despite the cute puppy eyes, 3 month old puppies are a tremendous amount of work and frankly a little stressful. It’s been a while since I last had a chance to dream up a recipe and bake something. So this past weekend I tired out the pooch and got down to business. I wanted a cookie that focused on the softer flavour of coconut and white chocolate, with a hint of the richness that cocoa powder brings. I love this recipe because the cookies are moist without being buttery and super soft. Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 2/3 cup cocoa powder 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 1 1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs at room temperature 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut Steps One – Preheat oven to 325 […]
A bite into this cookie is a pleasant combination of soft, gooey, crunchy and sweet. The classic chocolate cookie acts as a smooth and just sweet enough base for the marshmallow’s sweet kick and chocolate’s rich flavour. The almonds bring in a unique flavour and crunch to the otherwise moist and soft cookie.