Yesterday I spent trying to catch up on 3 weeks of minimal cleaning ☹. Ask me how much fun that was, or how much my head liked it lol… but the house is now clean again which means I can play again!!!
For now I thought I would share/repost one of our favourite fall/winter “comfort” desserts! 😊
I make this dessert a lot in the winter. It is warm, chocolatey, gooey and just an all round delicious dessert. I know it isn’t winter yet but it is fairly cool our right now so it seemed as good a time as any to make it again!
We were having company on Sunday, a nice visit with my brother-in-law and nephew. I made a huge pan of lasagna, French bread, Caesar salad and then this cheesecake for dessert. You can never go wrong with cheesecake… am I right lol?
Cheesecake is a favourite around here… this one being about 2nd or 3rd on the list of favourites! It is easy to make and well worth the time it takes to make it… which really isn’t that bad either!
The cheesecake was delicious even though it cracked a bit through the middle. It certainly didn’t affect the taste… just the aesthetics of the cheesecake. Since no one was grading me on the appearance of it, it was a great success for dessert.
My oven is finally repaired!!!! I know in the past I have broken more than a handful of hand mixers from over use (before I got my Kitchen-aid) but never an oven from over use lol! The repair man wanted to accumulate all the parts for any reason my oven stopped heating up to save another trip and he replaced the element.
I ended up using frozen strawberries this time because we ended up eating the first batch of fresh berries waiting for my oven to be fixed. I didn’t know exactly when it would be fixed and I knew Chris was just dying for some of this pie.
Making your own pie filling is really quite easy…. made even more so by the fact that I use the microwave to cook it. I find it not only cooks faster but there is no, or at least a much less, chance of burning the bottom of your favourite pot!
And here is the results of my binge baking…. Chris had me take a picture to send to one of his friends to tease him lol. Not that I don’t send enough for him to share. I had been expecting some hate mail texts from the guys at work when my oven was on the fritz because there wasn’t any fresh baking in Chris’ lunch box for them to scavenge lol!
I really wanted to make something different for dessert the other night. I had seen various recipes for the bar cake online and in some of my old recipes and knew it was something I hadn’t made in ages…. and ages.
I remember this cake being called “Spanish Bar Cake” at grocery stores around where I grew up. I have an uncle who used to be a baker at the A&P/Dominion grocery stores and this cake was always around because of it. This is my version of the bar cake, modified to take advantage of the microwave… making it even easier to make. I hope everyone enjoys it!
Let me say before I get too far… because this cake is baked as a 9 x 13 slab cake and then cut to form the bar shape of the final cake…. it makes a rather large cake… so be prepared to share or as I am going to do…. freeze half of it for a last minute dessert when needed!
This is the week I do my big order for Cookie Grams that I make every year before Christmas. My mother-in-law hands them out to her clients each year and they look forward to it every Christmas. She always hears…. Where is my Cookie lol!
Knowing it is going to be a busy week I wanted to have some sort of dessert ready so I only had to cut off a quick slice to serve it this week.
This cake fit the bill… with it’s nice orange flavour and glaze, it is a delicious change from the norm of chocolate or vanilla cake…. and it’s easy to make! It is delicious with the orange glaze but next time I might try a chocolate glaze on it for a change!
Saturday I went to town and got to enjoy the evening babysitting my granddaughter! But when I got home I had to get started on an order to make 8 dozen tarts to have ready for the coming weekend! 8 Dozen Tarts!!! I told them I would need to make them ahead and freeze them because there is no way I can make them all in one day right now. That wasn’t a problem… what was a problem was my non-cooperative brain! The first two batches of butter tarts I not only forgot to put an egg in the filling, I also decided to listen to Chris who said I should try to make the pastry thinner for a bigger ratio of filling to pastry. Needless to say I had to start over. The batch with no egg was a big runny mess of garbage and the batch with the thinner pastry shrunk to half size. Chris is enjoying the “rejects” as I dubbed them. Needless to say I have barely managed to get anything else done the past few days
I ended up having some pastry leftover so I thought I would make a galette with some frozen berries I hadn’t used yet. It is a nice, unstructured pie dessert that tastes delicious and is easy to make!