There are few things as civilized as a slice of cake with your afternoon tea or coffee. A momentary escape from the stresses of the day to sit in leisure with a steamy cuppa and sweet treat. Sure, some raw veg and hummus or a piece of straight-up fruit may be slightly more appropriate for an afternoon energy boost than a crumbly, ginger-scented slice of apple cake but DANG – you work hard and deserve to shower yourself with love and cake every so often, right? Yer darn right….
HEY GUYS. I am stoked to be kicking off the re-launch week of BAKED with these tremendously talented women and sharing fresh content each day to celebrate. We’re back and ready to heat things up for the long cold Canadian winter that’s around the corner.
We decided the re-launch would be themed around party food in whatever way rang truest to each of us. And to be perfectly honest, BIG parties get me a bit tipsy-turvy in my gut. I much prefer a modest dinner party, like the ones we often host in our little home in downtown Ottawa. We generally offer to make the main course and have friends fill in the sides and desserts, but for these teeny Brown Butter and Roasted Squash Bread Puddings I imagined myself as the guest and tried to make something that would travel well and could be made in advance.
As I prepare to welcome a baby any day now, I’ve tasked myself with filling my freezer with easy-to-grab and easier-to-eat foods. From homemade blueberry-rye bagels, pre-sliced for extra laziness, to chicken/bean burritos, zucchini-oat loaf and everything in between. Anything that I can cram in my gob while wrangling a squirmy, squishy little babe.
These hand pies have been on my mind since I saw something similar in Bon Appetit magazine. I loved the idea of the ham but wanted to keep these vegetarian as I have so many meat options already. The bright and earthy pea puree pairs beautifully with the creamy, nutty cheese and rich labneh. They take a bit of time to come together but are well worth the effort. You might even want to double the batch so you can eat half now and freeze half for later. They make the perfect one-handed snack (though perhaps a bit indulgent for some) to fill your tummy during a busy day.
It’s the most cookie-full time of the year! That’s right. It’s December guys, can you believe it?! The countdown to freaking out about the things you didn’t accomplish this year has started…wait a second debbie downer! Let’s instead start a countdown to celebrate the raddest moments of the year, yes? Much better.
Over here at Baked we decided to put together a roundup of amazingly delicious cookies to help you celebrate the season (though, these cookies are good during any season!).
We have a little something for everyone; sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey, decadent, you name it! Go ahead and browse all the recipes, pick your favourite(s) and get baked with family and friends. Nothing beats a good baked party filled with cookies. And while you’re munching on these, we’ll be taking a holiday break. But don’t worry, we’ll be back in the new year with some fresh baking to start the new year off right! Happy, happy holidays from all of us at BAKED!! xo
Get all the recipes after the jump!