Snickerdoodle Angels

Snickerdoodle cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Angels

Snickerdoodle cupcakes and Snickerdoodle Angels

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I remember my Aunt making Angel Cakes for family occasions. Birthdays, Anniversaries or Sunday post-church gatherings she would present a tupperware container full of fluffy vanilla cupcakes, stuffed with jam and cram and finished with powdered sugar. I’ve taken her tradition and my new-found love of snickerdoodles and kind of smashed them together. It occurred to me that cinnamon, apples and bacon is a marriage made in heaven .. et voilà!!  Snickerdoodle Angels 🙂

Snickerdoodles

Try to resist .. I dare you!!

Try to resist .. I dare you!!

What is a Snickerdoodle you ask? A little puff of cinnamon, sugary bliss. These American classics have a soft, chewy sugar-cookie center with a cinnamon sugar coating, perfect with hot cocoa or just because. They are also ridiculously easy to make ..

“Old Reliable” Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies and Milk, the ultimate comfort food

Cookies and Milk, the ultimate comfort food

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Over the years, I have trialed dozens of recipes for Choc Chip Cookies with varying success.  Most of them are too sweet, many are finicky and unreliable recipes, others too chunky or just the wrong proportion of cookie to “bits”. This is the one I come back to. It produces cookies with a nice crunchy texture that will survive a dunk in fresh milk. The subtle vanilla-peanut flavours are perfect with cocoa or fresh coffee too. What’s not to love?

Of course we all know the true joy of cookies lies in their childhood associations. The smell of them baking, filling the house with delicious smells and anticipation. The guilty pleasure of eating the dough or burning tongue and fingers because we were unable to resist them fresh from the oven. They featured on the menus of tea parties, picnics with friends and solitary midnight snacks. Most of all they eased the pain of skinned knees and broken hearts. I have vivid memories of a sympathetic Dad sharing cookies, cuddles and the odd hanky on these occasions. That makes them the ultimate comfort food for me. On the anniversary of his death, I am feeling the need for a little comfort, so I shall put some Bach on the stereo and whip up a batch to share with the Junior Sorority.

Moroccan Lamb “Tagine”

Moroccan Lamb "Tagine" cooked in a Crockpot

Moroccan Lamb “Tagine” cooked in a Crockpot

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One of our favourite low-fuss recipes for a cold Winter night is adapted from a Northern African dish cooked in a conical earthenware pot called a tagine.  I don’t have a tagine, or the charcoal fire it sits in, but that hasn’t stopped me pressing my crockpot into service to produce a satisfying facsimile. Close your eyes and let the rich aroma carry you off to the kasbah 🙂

Easy Light Pizza Dough

perfect dough for the perfect pizza in under an hour

perfect dough for the perfect pizza in under an hour

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If you have access to activated yeast, bread flour and an oven, you need never buy frozen pizza again. Away with the tasteless cardboard commercial stuff and its hidden chemical nasties, embrace the delectable possibilities this recipe offers. The hardest part of the process is deciding between soft or crunchy base .. plain crust or decadent cheesy, herbed goodness. Don’t save it just for flat pizza either .. this dough makes fantastic cheesy breadsticks, Pizza cups .. even wonderful desserts. Stay tuned and I’ll fill you in on these treats.