Archive for the ‘SweetWhimsy Treats’ Category

Pie fries

May 24, 2011

Pie Fries

Whenever I receive my Food Network Magazine I immediately look for that one recipe that I will add to my repertoire. These Pie Fries don’t even need to come with a recipe; if you have frozen pie crust in the freezer just thaw it, slice it, sprinkle it (cinnamon & sugar) and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Ta da!

"Where's my dipping sauce?"

Low maintenance and highly addictive; perfect combination!

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Earl Grey Tea Cookies

February 24, 2011

Earl Grey Tea Cookies

To continue on with my wedding shower planning I tried out a cookie recipe that might just make the menu. These Earl Grey Tea Cookies are more of an adult cookie with a smokey flavor of ground earl grey tea and a hint of citrus. Since I am planning a tea party luncheon for the shower these of course make perfect sense! When I opened the oven after they were done baking there was no way I could miss the aroma of tea and I think they may have just made the menu!

Love my mixer!

Mix…

freeze...

Bake…

Share!!

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Ice-Cream Sandwiches

February 20, 2011

melting

Homemade ice-cream sandwiches have been on my to do list for awhile now. When I read the recipe and realized how easy they were I just needed to carve out time to get them baked off. The best thing is you can assemble them as needed so there isn’t much work after the cookies are out of the oven. This way you can test out different flavours of ice-cream as you go!

Since I made these on my Dad’s Birthday I’m dedicating these to him. Happy Birthday DAD!!!

hand poked holes

Happy B-day Dad

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My Birthday Cake

January 10, 2011

My 28th Bday Cake

I celebrated my birthday on Saturday night with close friends, food and board games (not bored games, Alex.) I wanted to try something different for my cake so I made Chocolate Marshmallow Cake. I received a chocolate recipe book for Christmas and this is the first recipe I choose from it:

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Ingredients
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup superfine sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
85g semisweet chocolate broken into pieces
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cup self rising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

Frosting
175g marshmallows
1 tbsp milk
2 egg whites
2 tbsp superfine sugar

light chocolate for grating

Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then gradually beat in the eggs.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir in the buttermilk gradually until well combined. Let cool slightly.

Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a separate bowl. Add the chocolate and the flour mixtures alternately to the creamed mixture, a little at a time. Spoon the mixture into a greased oven-proof bowl and smooth the surface. Bake in preheated oven, 325 degrees, for 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the frosting. Heat the marshmallows and milk very gently in a small pan until the marshmallows have melted. Remove and let cool. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add the sugar and continue whisking until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cooled marshmallow mixture.

When the cake is cool cover the top and sides with marshmallow mixture and top with grated chocolate!

Have a slice!

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Engagment party

January 4, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all of you! It feels great to be back after a short hiatus from SweetWhimsy. I hope everyone indulged in the things they love over the holidays; I know I did! One of the reasons that I’ve been so busy is that I had the honor to bake the desserts for my best friends engagment party this past Sunday. (Definitely not as busy as her Mom who was cooking for the event ALL night long.) I choose 3 desserts to make: Red velvet truffles, Marbled cupcakes with Cream cheese icing and Sugar cookies with Buttercream icing. I wanted them to look whimsical as always so I got the dessert cards made last minute. This way everyone knew what they were nibbling on and the cards gave it a more professional look. Congrats to the happy couple!

Red Velvet Truffles

Mini cake Sugar Cookies

Bringing in the roast pig for the Pig Ceremony

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S’mores Cookies

December 13, 2010

S'mores Cookies

The best thing about these S’mores Cookies is that they are a non-messy version of the campfire treat. No sticky fingers or burnt marshmallows, just a small bite treat that tastes like the real thing! You don’t need a fire, only a broiler and a watchful eye. These were part of Christmas cookie packages that I gave out to friends (mentioned here) along with Honey Lace cookies made two ways, Red Velvet Truffles and White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. I hope everyone enjoyed their treats!

Don't take your eyes off them!

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Mini Maple Pancake Muffins

December 8, 2010

Maple syrup for dipping

For someone who doesn’t like breakfast food that much I was excited to find this recipe for Mini Maple Pancake Muffins. They are easy to pack for a snack at work (or home) and were a hit last month at our girls brunch. The best part is dipping them into your own mini bowl of maple syrup! You can use the recipe for the regular, made in the frying pan pancakes or leave out the chocolate chips…but why would you?

Mini muffin tins put to good use

almost too cute to eat...almost

Aerial shot

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Red Velvet Truffles

December 1, 2010

Red Velvet Truffles

Everything is better mini, right? These guys are a mixture of red velvet cake and cream cheese icing and covered with melted chocolate (and sprinkles!) Behind the scenes these did not come together too easy. I added too much icing, burnt the first batch of chocolate in the microwave and tried to use white chocolate with no luck. I threw them back in the freezer, took a breather than started again. This recipe is definitely something that I’ll get better at with practice…a lot of practice!

Pink Velvet Cake???

Cake on the inside...

...Whimsy on the outside

Round two I expect them to look like this.

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Cookie Jar

November 25, 2010

My cookie jar

On Tuesday I went on the hunt for a cookie jar to keep all my baking on display. Now I tend to like things a little more whimsical (of course) and tend not to go for the ordinary. What I found is a glass cake dome. Now it does take a little more work to stack the cookies on the plate so they fit under the lid; but at least this way I can use it for more than cookies. Cakes, cupcakes, appetizers or when not in use fill it with Christmas decorations. It works as a dramatic centre piece, even when empty!

Fill with seasonal decorations

Cranberry Oatmeal cookies

On display Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies; much prettier than a Tupperware container. Easy recipe to try.

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Honey Lace Cookies

November 19, 2010

Honey Lace Cookie sandwich


I love when you can make something so delicious with 4 ingredients. These Honey Lace Cookies are thin, sweet and chewy and I have decided that these are my new favorite recipe! There are so many different uses for these and when they come out of the oven hot you can shape them any way you can imagine.
I left a few smaller ones to eat plain or to sandwich with cream. I baked some larger ones and played with the cooking time. I made some a little darker and kept some a little lighter. I can roll them in a cigar shape and either dip in chocolate or fill with cream, shape them into an edible bowl for berries or ice-cream or leave flat and use as a beautiful garnish.

small and thin

Edible bowl

Probably even better with a scoop of ice-cream or raspberry sorbet!

So many possibilities

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