Tag Archives: Baking

Baking – Carmelitas

I needed to make a little something sweet for a morning tea date this week I had and thought a slice would be the easiest thing to do, but I was bored by my usual chocolate-y slice repertoire. I did a little googling using the phrase “sweet slice” to see what would come up that wasn’t chocolate based, and ended up on Carmelitas. I had heard of them before, but had never had one. My impression is that they’re more of an American slice bar, but they seemed simple enough to make, and ticked all my non-chocolate requirements: oats, caramel, and just a little bit of chocolate through the middle. They ended up being a tad more involved than I thought they would be, only because I wanted to make the caramel myself, and after using THE WORST RECIPE IN THE WORLD and getting it wrong THREE TIMES, I found a different recipe that was much better and gave it one final shot. It worked thank goodness, because if it didn’t I’m pretty sure I would have burned my kitchen to the ground and walked away to start anew somewhere else. Anyway, here’s my attempt!

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Baking – Jumbo Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies


I don’t make cookies and cakes with nuts in them because my daughter has a nut allergy. But recently I was overtaken by the urge to make a really nice, soft peanut butter cookie. I do have a peanut cookie recipe in my favourite recipe book, but I wanted something super soft and chocolate-y, which… Continue reading ->

Baking – Italian Frappe


If you’ve ever been inside an Italian bakery, chances are you’ve seen and maybe even purchased crostoli. Well, let me introduce you to frappe, crostoli’s far, far superior sibling. Growing up with an Italian grandmother meant we were treated to all kinds of delicious savoury Italian meals – pasta and the best damn sauce I’ve… Continue reading ->

Lately – October Landscape

Uniqlo cardi

I’ve been AWOL here lately, I know. It’s a combination of having a bunch of stuff going on in our new house, being sick all week, and just trying to do a bunch of stuff that I can blog about later (watch movies, read books, catch up on TV). And it’s also been a little… Continue reading ->