Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

Bon Anniversaire!

July 29, 2009

Tractor Cake“Gee what is this Peter, you have exams so you bribe us with a picture of a tractor cake?” Why yes that is the case. I was at a birthday party this weekend, and as is my family custom I provided a delicious and creative after party snack.  This is the tractor cake before I added headlights, a candle for a smoke stack, and some chocolate logs. It’s Allis-Chalmers orange because that is apparently important to the recepient, a 65 year old farmer.  If you want to know how I did all this drop me a line and I’ll go into detail.


June 2, 2009

Banana CookiesI haven’t posted a recipe in a long time, and this one is an all-time favourite.  If you’ve got some aging bananas, forget the banana bread, give these cookies a whirl.  You will never go back!

Banana Chocolate Chip Softies

1 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup butter or margarine

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 ripe medium banana mashed

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.  Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in banana, egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture. Beat at low speed until well blended. Stir in chips and walnuts with mixing spoon (dough will be soft).  Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheets for 2 minutes.  Remove to wire racks, cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature. Note: these cookies do not freeze well.

A Chocolate Factory For Your Senses

March 3, 2009

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

You might be wondering where the new podcast is, and I can assure you it is coming. I am actually editing down two hours of material into a couple of episodes, so it is taking longer than usual. To pass the time I offer you the recipe for the cake above. It is among the greatest cakes I have ever eaten, so please head to the kitchen and get baking. You won’t regret it, unless you hate chocolate, in which case you are weird and I’m not sure what to do about you.

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

1 3/4 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cups Cocoa
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Cup Boiling Water

Preheat Oven to 325 Degrees Celsius.

Combine all dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients (except boiling water).  Beat at medium spped for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. The batter will be very thin so don’t be concerned.  Pour into pans and back for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

Melt chocolate and drizzle over for coating shown above. Sprinkle icing sugar for an extra sweet delight!

Just A Spoonful of Sugar (or More)

January 20, 2009

I am the underdog, I am the last in line.

Lisa Loeb


I promised a CBC Radio 2 Concert On Demand review for today, but I am having issues getting it to stream properly. Thus it will have to be put off for a couple of days until I can get it working again.  Instead I am doing yet another “different” post here on the blog.

I have quoted the Lisa Loeb above for 3 reasons. First I have been a big fan of hers for a long time. I was very disappointed when she did her reality show Single Me Out and I found out she only dates guys over 30. But it’s not just about her looks, the songs she writes are often well crafted and highly enjoyable.  The one I’ve used for this post has a great Bruce Cockburn-esque solo in it.  The second reason for her inclusion is the stunning playoff run of the Arizona Cardinals. I don’t think a bigger underdog has ever made it to the Super Bowl. Watch out Steelers.

Finally, I selected a quote from Lisa’s album, Cake and Pie, because those who know me well understand my passion for cooking and baking.  I am often found in the kitchen concocting something delicious.  I am the heir to a vast collection of fantastic recipes, particularly of the cookie variety. My mother is an accomplished amateur baker who has won reknown from friends and strangers for her creativity and the overall quality of her baked goods.  I know most people think their mom’s food is the best, but when it comes to cookies I’d put mine up against anybody.  Competitiveness aside, we in the Snow family like to share and today I am passing on a treasured recipe, the Hamburger Cookie.


The picture above, which you may have mistaken for a real hamburger, is the cookie in action.  They look fantastic, taste great, and are easy to make. Just follow the simple recipe below:

Hamburger Cookies

Vanilla or Chocolate Cookies

½ cup shortening
½ cup butter or margarine
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup cocoa or 2 oz melted chocolate

Heat oven to 350˚ F.  In large bowl, beat shortening, butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa (if making chocolate); mix well. Shape dough into ¾ inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets; flatten balls to make 1/8 inch thick with bottom of glass dipped in flour. Bake at 350˚F for 7 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 minute, remove from cookie sheet.

Butter Frosting (you will need some red and some white)

3 tbsp butter or margarine
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 to 3 tbsp water

Mix together with necessary food colouring until thick.

To assemble cookies

2 batches vanilla cookies
1 batch chocolate cookies
White Frosting
Red Frosting
Coconut tinted green with food colouring
Sesame seeds

Frost the bottom vanilla cookie with white icing (mayonnaise), sprinkle with tinted coconut (lettuce) and put chocolate cookie on top (hamburger).  Frost top of chocolate cookie with red icing (ketchup), put vanilla cookie on top. Heat honey in saucepan until it begins to boil. Brush on top of last cookie and sprinkle with sesame seeds.