Sour Cherry, Oat and White Chocolate Biscuits

I’ve made treats and shared them with colleagues for as long as I’ve been working. There doesn’t always need to be an occasion, but it’s a motivating factor. For our quarterly Hack Days, I decided to make some cookies to snack on while hacking.

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Roasted Strawberry and Lime Cheesecake

It’s not truly summer for me until the season’s first local strawberries are in the markets. This past weekend, we picked up a flat (that’s six quarts) of berries at a great price, and have already made a batch of our favourite strawberry ice cream. For a backyard barbeque with neighbours, I decided to make a cheesecake.

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Rainbow Ice Cream Cake

For my daughter’s birthday, she asked me to make her a rainbow cake. This gave me pause because most of the rainbow cakes you see on Pinterest are made with artificial food coloring, but I try to avoid that whenever possible. The natural colorings made from fruit or vegetable purees, come out pastel at best. Things were made considerably easier when she amended her request to be an ice cream cake. Now, my job was made much simpler.

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Bacon Kimchi Cheese Pullman Loaf

When this bread first appeared in the Saturday Globe, I wanted to make it. Immediately. A savoury babka with bacon, cheese, scallions, sesame, and kimchi! But my dream of instant gratification needed to be put on hold, as I lacked a Pullman pan.

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Pineapple Coconut Upside-Down Cake

Around this time of year, I scan Twitter and other baking sites for desserts that don’t use any flour, as potential candidates for Passover desserts. Depending on your family beliefs, adherence to kashrut, and other “reasons”, some ingredients, such as cornstarch, may not be allowed for the holidays. Sometimes, a few tiny adjustments, to either the recipe or your taste expectations, is all that’s needed to make a dessert Pesach-friendly. Such was the case with this pineapple cake, which turned out wonderfully.

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