Raisin Pie, Again

July 9, 2014



I have not posted in quite some time, not because I have not been baking but because I was without my laptop!  Man, that was rough!  It is amazing how much I rely on this thing.  Anyways, all back up and running and excited to post what I have made.

We have been experiencing some ridiculously hot weather of late, 35ºC+ and I do not have air conditioning, makes for a hot house when baking.  Luckily it cooled down for a few days and I was able to make a few treats.

I asked my Poppa what he would like and he requested his favourite (and mine), raisin pie.  As mentioned in the initial Raisin Pie post, the recipe is secret, but I tried something new with the crust so I posted again.

Now that I am good at making crust I don’t mind making pies at all, in fact it is kind of fun, it is a whole new world for me.

As nice as it looks I strongly dislike doing a lattice top on my pie.  Cutting all the strips the same, weaving and lining up…blah.  In an attempt to make it look nice and still have the ventilation needed I used a cookie cutter and just placed the dough randomly on top.  I made it close to Canada day so I went with the Maple Leaf.


I also made a few tarts.  I wanted some of the pie, but hate giving away a pie with a few pieces out of it, just looks tacky, haha.  This seemed like a good solution.


I love how it still bubbles right out of the oven


Looks pretty good


Tarts came out pretty good as well


Filling was perfect


Oh my goodness these were delicious!  The crust was bang on, tender and flaky.

Looking forward to the fresh fruit season, the pie possibilities are endless!!!

Butter Tart Tour – Cravings Bakery and Market

July 9, 2014



Stop # 17 on the Butter Tart Tour brought me to Cravings Bakery and Market, in Peterborough.  Cravings recently relocated to the north end of town.  I had been to their first location downtown, which was more of a bakery/cafe.  Their new location appears to be more of a local market with local produce, meets and dairies.  It was a nice little store but I was disappointed to see that the tarts were all ready prepackaged in groups of 2 or 6.

Sorry about the picture,
Mom had a bite in the car before I got the picture, haha


The Tart

First Impressions - looks delicious, crust had a nice colour



The Verdict

- crust was tough and a little undercooked
- not very sweet
- not much filling
- filling tasted very corn syrupy
- 4/10

I was not a fan of these tarts.  Not to say others wouldn’t like them, just not what I look for in a butter tart.

Ontario’s Butter Tart Festivial

June 16, 2014

No surprise here, Doo Doo’s wins the Ontario Butter Tart Festival in Midland this past weekend!!!



Previous post about how good Doo Doo’s Tarts are…

Butter Tart Tour

Maple Bacon Butter Tarts

Kawartha Northumberland Butter Tart Taste Off

Maple Bacon Butter Tarts…Again!

Congratulations Doo Doo’s!!!!

I think this will be adding this Tart Festival to my Bucket List!

S’mores Cups

June 12, 2014



These little fells are delicious!

I will confess, to most people disbelief, I have never had a s’more.  Perhaps because I want nothing to do with camping and that is where they would usually be made.

I was introduced to these last weekend at the Relay for Life, a 12 hour, over night walk for cancer.  Everyone usually brings something to share to keep us awake and energized.  This year we had a new member on our team and she brought these!  Having never had a s’more, I have nothing to compare them to but they were quite delicious!  They almost reminded me of the Chocolate Marshmallow Squares of my Nana’s, that Dad always requests.  When I asked about the recipe She said she got it on Pinterest.  So that is where I headed and found this recipe.

S’more Cups

Adapted from Texas Cottage

1 cup graham crackers crumbs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 bars (1.55 oz each) milk chocolate candy, divided
12 large marshmallows

*I halved the recipe and it made 9

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and butter in a small bowl.
3. Place 1 tablespoon of crumb mixture in each cup of a mini muffin pan.
4. Firmly press crumbs to form shallow cups.  I used a teaspoon to push and make the cup
  5. Bake 4-5 minutes or until edges are bubbling.They seem to spread quite a bit and have a pool of butter.  I scooped out as much butter as I could and reshaped
6. Break two of the candy bars into rectangles. ** I did not have any so I used chocolate chips
7. Cut marshmallows in half crosswise using scissors.
8. Place one marshmallow half, cut-side down, into each cup.
9. Return to oven 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly softened. Remove pans from oven to cooling rack; cool 15 minutes.
10. Carefully remove cups from pan. Cool completely. I set them on paper towel because they were ridiculously greasy, it soaked up a lot of the excess.  Next time I will use less butter
Break remaining candy bars (or chocolate chips) and place in small microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds. Dip the top of each marshmallow in melted chocolate. Turn top-side up and let stand 40 to 60 minutes or until set. Makes 24 cups.
These were delicious and very easy to make.  Will definitely be making these again.
***sorry about the all jumbled together look of this post.  I can’t seem to get the spacing to work.

Butter Tart Tour – The Dutch Oven

June 11, 2014


Stop #16 on the Butter Tart Tour is The Dutch Oven in Cobourg.  We had tried to go here before but it was a long weekend and they were closed.

The Tart

First Impressions – I cringe when I see the individual foil tart shell



The Verdict

- crust looked and tasted like pre-made kind of chewy
- filling was like thick date jam
- one bite was enough
- 1/10

*not to say others wouldn’t like them, just not what I look for in a Butter Tart

Butter Tart Tour – Pastry Peddler

June 11, 2014


Stop #15 on the Butter Tart Tour was at The Pastry Peddler in Millbrook.  I was first introduced to the Pastry Peddler when they started coming to the Peterborough Farmers Market a few years ago.  Since then they have opened their shop in Millbrook, today was my first time there.

The Tart

First Impressions -  good size, crust looked good


ACK! there was nuts in it!!!  Instantly turned off. I didn’t ask for one with nuts, nor was I informed that there was nuts!


After picking the nuts out! Nut much left


The Verdict

- crust was quite nice, good flavour and flakey
- filling could have been good if there was more of it, just coated the crust, fill it up with that runny centre and I’m in!
- nuts were a turn off
- would not have another
- 5/10



25th Anniversary Cake

June 10, 2014


I was asked to make a replica of a wedding cake for a 25th Wedding Anniversary.  The cake was very 90′s it was 4 tiers, glass pillars and all!  They didn’t want to make it exact just a small 2 tier made to look like the “second layer” of the original cake.  Turned out almost exact.  They were happy :)


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