Monday, October 25, 2010

Cranberry Upside-Downer

I thought that making a cranberry upside-down cake in October would be fitting since Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving during this month and its cranberry season pretty much from now until Christmas. I like making these cakes - always hoping while holding the hot pan that it will flip out nicely.

This cake is a snap to put together. The recipe is straightforward and you end up with a sweet cake topped with tangy berries and walnuts. Yummy all on its own but divine with vanilla ice cream. I made this in a 9-inch round pan and had no problems.

This cake was used as a 'Tuesdays with Dorie' recipe some time ago so you'll find bloggers from all over the singing its praises just like me.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chocolate Gingerbread Pretzels

Recently I have been asked when I'll start baking or blogging again. I haven't really stopped baking but blogging did take a backseat to life. I did miss it but, when posting became more of a chore than a fun pastime, it was time for a break.

However, I hope to start posting with some regularity and maybe treat myself to a new camera. I was in Indigo the other day and saw the new Holiday issue from Canadian Living. I was pumped because it was an all-cookie publication and I love cookies.

My son chose this as the first cookie to make. Be warned that they do take some to make, chill, shape, bake and glaze. Though the process is long, the cookies are yummy - sort of cakey, yet firm. They offer up all the traditional holiday flavours such as gingerbread, cinnamon and molasses and the glaze adds a nice sweetness to the spiciness of the cookie.
Sort of Pfeffernusse-esque. I hope to try out more recipes to share with you. Enjoy!