Classic Oatmeal Cookies

These classic oatmeal cookies are made with large flake oats, for lots of texture and greek yogurt for extra protein. They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. If you are a purist you bake them as is, but if you are Team Raisin, you can add raisins; Team Chocolate Chip, you can add chocolate chips!

Classic Oatmeal Cookies

In a large bowl, cream together:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening

When the fats are creamy, beat in:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Then mix in:

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened greek yogurt (equal to 2 eggs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Then add in dry ingredients:

  • 3 cups large flake oats
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix until combined. Scoop out into large balls onto a parchment lined cookie pan and flatten with a fork. I use a large cookie scoop, equal to 2 and 1/2 tablespoons. These large cookies take 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees F until the bottoms are lightly golden brown. Makes 20 large cookies. If you make smaller cookies, reduce the baking time.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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This is a delicious sweet bread that usually contains eggs. In this bread I use flaxseed and plain yogurt as the egg replacement to help keep the dough nice and soft. I also use honey in the bread itself. This was my first attempt at a swirl bread but I have made other types of bread before. There is a bit of extra work involved but you are rewarded with a pretty design when you slice the loaf.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

In a small pot, heat together until the butter is just melted:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter

Let the milk mixture cool until lukewarm.

In a large mixing bowl combine:

  • 2 tbsp yeast and 1/2 cup warm water

Let the yeast activate for 15 minutes until nice and foamy.

When the milk mixture is cooled down and the yeast and water are activated, pour the milk mixture into the large mixing bowl with the yeast and water.

Add in:

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix with a dough hook in a stand mixer or by hand with a wooden spoon. Slowly add in up to:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour

You want to dough to be soft and slightly sticky but not so sticky you cannot handle it. Mix for several minutes to activate the gluten or knead by hand for several minutes. Once you have a nice dough, coat in vegetable oil or dust lightly with flour and return to the large mixing bowl to rise. Cover the bowl.

Leave the dough to rise for 1 to 2 hours depending on the humidity, until twice the size.

On a clean surface, sprinkle some flour and roll out half of the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Try to keep the width only as long as the loaf pan you are going to bake the loaf in. You will end up with a fairly long, narrow rectangle. Mine ended up a bit too wide but you can always trim it to fit your pan.

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Sprinkle the dough with:

  • cinnamon (approximately 1 and 1/2 tsp)
  • brown sugar (approximately 1/3 cup packed)

Roll tightly and place in a greased loaf pan. Repeat with the other half of the dough. Let the loaves rise for another hour.

Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 40-45 minutes until golden brown and baked through. Take out of pans to cool. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Cake

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My daughter decided she wanted a strawberry cake filled with vanilla ice cream for her birthday and decorated with meringue cookies. A tall order but I am always up for a birthday cake challenge! The recipe for the meringue cookies is here: https://myegglessworld.com/2016/11/21/meringue-cookies/ I added food colouring before the final whipping to make them pink. You should make these the day before.

Strawberry Cake

Cream together butter, sugar and then add the oil and mix well:

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 and 3/4 cups sugar

Then mix in:

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (equal to 2 eggs)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups pureed strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Alternate dry ingredients into the batter with the milk mixture:

  • 1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 tsp vinegar

Bake at 350 degrees F in 2 parchment-lined 9 inch cake pans for 30 -35 minutes. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool.

Once cool, take the bottom layer of cake, use slightly soft 1 and 1/2 litres of vanilla ice cream sliced or scooped and smooth it out to cover the bottom layer. It is easier if you set the cake layer back in the pan and then put the ice cream on top. Then top with the second layer of cake. Wrap well with plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer for 2-3 hours.

Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 cups icing sugar (more if needed)

Beat the ingredients together until light and fluffy.

Crumb coat the frozen cake with the icing. You may need to do this a couple of times. Sometimes the ice cream and the frosting do not want to stick together the first time, so once you get a layer of frosting on wrap it again and freeze. Whipped cream is much easier to work with than the icing, so if you want you can just frost the cake with whip cream before you want to eat it.

After the icing has a chance to set in the freezer, take it out again and do another layer. I had to do this 3 times before it smoothed and stopped leaking ice cream.

Decorate the cake with meringues and strawberries.

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Honey Cake

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I received a cook book this Christmas by Ina Garten, called Cooking for Jeffrey. There are lots of yummy recipes in the book and one caught my eye. It is a Bourbon Honey Cake. I don’t have any bourbon in the house so the one I made today is a Honey Cake. This is my version of the cake in her cookbook. I did make a couple of changes including replacing the 3 eggs with yogurt, substituting some of the spices I didn’t have on hand and I also had reduced some of the sugar and honey. I eliminated the sliced almonds but added a glaze. If you have bourbon, you can substitute the water for bourbon.

Honey Cake

In a large mixing bowl, combine:

  • 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (equal to 3 eggs)
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl, sift together:

  • 3 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Alternate the dry ingredients into the oil and sugar mixture with:

  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water

Optional: Top with sliced almonds

Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 45-50 minutes in a greased and floured tube pan. Let cool.

Glaze:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.

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Christmas Yule Log

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This is my attempt at a Christmas Yule Log. I saw some being made on a cooking competition last Christmas and was anxious to try an eggless version! My first couple of tries last year flopped. This past year I discovered the vegan world was using aquafaba, aka bean juice, for egg replacement and since then I have made meringues with it. https://myegglessworld.com/2016/11/21/meringue-cookies/.  To make a traditional sponge for a yule log, it requires beaten egg whites so I was hoping the aquafaba would work. My theory was correct and this recipe turned out great!

Sponge

Sift together dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

In a large mixing bowl, beat together until frothy and opaque but not glossy:

  • 1 and 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup aquafaba (juice from unsalted canned white beans or chick peas) whipped with the sugar until frothy and slightly thickened

It will look like this:

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Then fold in the dry ingredients into the aquafaba mixture until incorporated.

Then, mix in:

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt

 

When the yogurt is mixed in thoroughly, the sponge mixture will still be thick. Scoop out onto a parchment-lined 12 by 17 inch jelly roll pan. Dip a large spreader in a class of hot water and patiently spread the cake, dipping the spreader in the hot water as needed until the batter is evenly spread.

It will look like this when spread:

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Bake 13-15 minutes at 350 F degrees. Let cool in pan for 2 minutes. Sprinkle the top lightly with sugar and flip onto another pan lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean towel and let cool for another 2 minutes. Trim the edges  and roll up into the parchment paper while still very warm. Let cool while rolled up.

Filling

Whip together:

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar

You want the cream to be fairly beaten but not butter. Too runny and it will not hold up inside the roll. Carefully unroll the cooled sponge and fill with the cream and gently roll back up. Refrigerate for half an hour.

Whipped ganache

In a small saucepan heat until simmering:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups heavy cream

Remove form heat and whisk in:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chill in the fridge until cold. Then whip until a frosting-like consistency.

To assemble: Cut a section of the filled yule log on an angle and position on the side of the main log. Frost with the whipped ganache. Run a fork through the ganache and sprinkle with icing sugar.

 

 

Caramel Latte Cake

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This cake is my version of a caramel latte that you can find at your local coffee shop. I have used my chocolate chip layer cake recipe as the base for this cake, omitted the chocolate chips and added espresso powder. The frosting recipe is one I have used for other cupcakes and cakes with added espresso powder.

Caramel Latte Cake

Cream together:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar

Then add in and mix well:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil

Then mix in:

  • 3/4 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (equal to 3 eggs)
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp espresso powder

In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Alternate mixing in dry ingredients and the milk mixture into the batter:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups milk with 1 tbsp vinegar

Divide the batter between 2 parchment lined 9 inch cake pans. Bake 350 degrees F for approximately 35 minutes. Cool.

Frosting

Caramel Espresso Frosting

Melt butter in a small saucepan and then add in the brown sugar, cream and salt:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream (35%)
  • pinch of salt

Make sure the sugar and the salt is dissolved and bring to a boil on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp espresso powder

Allow to cool to room temperature (reserve a 1/3 cup for drizzle) and then gradually beat in the icing sugar until the consistency you want:

  • 4-5 cups icing sugar

When the cake is cool, fill and frost the top. Drizzle the reserved caramel on top.

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Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Loaf

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Nova Scotia is renowned for its blueberries and I love all things blueberry as does my family. That includes muffins, cakes, crisps, and fresh blueberries with cream! They are all delicious! I wrote this recipe to take on a camping trip. This recipe makes 2 loaves and will transport and keep nicely for a couple days, if they last that long!

Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Loaf

In a large mixing bowl, cream together:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 pkg room temperature cream cheese (250g)
  • 1 and 3/4 cups sugar

Then add in:

  • 1 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (equal to 4 eggs)
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons (about 1/3 cup)

Then add in sifted dry ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Mix until combined and then add in:

  • 1/4 cup milk

After the batter is just mixed, fold in:

  • 3 cups blueberries, dusted with flour

Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 70 minutes, in two parchment lined loaf pans. This makes 2 large loaves.

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