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Category Archives: Cakes, Cheesecakes, Cupcakes and Muffins

Will You Be Mine?

Written on February 14, 2007 at 8:43 am, by

I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. I know many people don’t enjoy this day, viewing it as a hugely commercial event, one that is a purely made-up celebration to sell overpriced roses and sappy cards. While that may be the case, as the day nears, I can’t help but think pink, heart-shaped thoughts. This isn’t  Continue Reading »

Because Sometimes You Just Need a Little Colour …

Written on February 12, 2007 at 9:21 pm, by

Sometime, one needs to bring some colour into one’s wintry life. Don’t get me wrong. I love the winter. Mostly. I love the feeling of being tightly ensconced in the house, with nothing to do but make gurgling, hearty soups and puffy muffins that you have no choice but to slather in butter. I don’t  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Falls in Love!

Written on January 23, 2007 at 9:04 pm, by

Not with a man. Not with a Cream Puff. With a book! I am working on a review of the cookbook Essence of Chocolate:  Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate by Robert Steinberg and John Scharffenberger. The review isn’t ready yet, but I just had to tell you about it and give you  Continue Reading »

Feasting on Nigella

Written on January 19, 2007 at 10:06 pm, by

It’s difficult not to like Nigella Lawson. You’d have to be hard-hearted indeed not to fall prey to the charms of this intelligent, witty and yes – gorgeous – woman. As a television personality, her presence is infectious. Don’t we all wish we could look so good throwing egg shells into the sink?! I own  Continue Reading »

Food Blog Awards and the Flavour of the Month!

Written on January 4, 2007 at 8:30 pm, by

The nominees for the 2006 Food Blog Awards have been released and to my great surprise, I have been nominated for the Best Food Blog – Writing category! When I started this blog in December 2005, I did it so that I could have a place to share my passion for baking and cooking. And  Continue Reading »

A Merry Christmas To All!

Written on December 25, 2006 at 10:00 am, by

Cream Puff and her family would like to wish all of you a wonderful and happy Christmas! Buon Natale a tutti … Merry Christmas to all! Ciao!

The Travelling Cream Puff Returns

Written on December 21, 2006 at 5:14 am, by

My friends, I have returned! My trip to Berlin, Prague and Vienna was unbelievable and surpassed all my expectations. Time and time again, I was amazed by the history, sights, food and people of these three great cities. Berlin opened my eyes. Prague gave me goose bumps. And Vienna … Vienna melted my Cream Puff  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Hands Out Homework: Name That Cupcake

Written on December 8, 2006 at 6:28 am, by

Well, my bags are packed, I’ve got my travel guides in hand, and I am ready to go! By this time tomorrow I will be in Berlin practicing my very poor German. Once again I want to thank all of you for your advice and encouragement. I promise to come back from Berlin, Prague and  Continue Reading »

Mind Your Bananas!

Written on November 29, 2006 at 8:22 am, by

When I bid adieu to the October 2006 Flavour of the Month, I promised that you’d be seeing Tish Boyle’s book on this blog again and again. So far, I’ve tried about a third of the recipes from the book and they have all been winners. To be sure, some were more winning than others  Continue Reading »

Bon Weekend!

Written on November 24, 2006 at 9:39 pm, by

It’s Friday evening and I for one am seeking refuge from this cold Autumn night with a cup of hot tea and a weekend’s reading worth of holiday magazines. But wait. Something is missing. Is it chocolate? No, I have that. Is it my favourite blankie? No, I have that. Is it Daniel Craig? Just  Continue Reading »

Confessions of a Coffee Cake Eater

Written on November 10, 2006 at 10:57 pm, by

Is it wrong to eat an entire raised almond coffee cake all on your own? No? Phew! I was worried there for a second. Ciao! Raised Almond Coffee Cake Adapted from Wanda’s Pie in the Sky by Wanda Beaver. For the coffee cake dough: 1 envelope active dry yeast 4 tbsp. sugar 2 to 3  Continue Reading »

Farewell, October!

Written on October 31, 2006 at 9:42 pm, by

The tricks and treats are done. Plenty of mini pumpkins, princesses, ghosts and goblins came to my door this evening, one cuter than the next! And now that the candy is all gone, it’s hard to believe that October comes to an end this evening. My favourite month of the year, it arrives with so  Continue Reading »

A Very Pumpkiny Cheesecake!

Written on October 26, 2006 at 9:11 am, by

  October’s trip through Tish Boyle’s The Cake Book has been most enjoyable. I’ve rarely come across a cookbook where virtually every recipe begs to be tried as soon as possible. The fun intensified when I discovered that my dear friends Kate of Pie in the Sky, Mary of Alpineberry and Peabody of Culinary Concoctions  Continue Reading »

Busy Days and Sweet Nights

Written on October 12, 2006 at 10:25 pm, by

These are busy days, my friends. Work is overwhelming at times. And on the personal front, family commitments and baking class seem to take up any extra time I have. Sometimes it’s all a bit much. I suspect this is why I have been enjoying baking again so much. I survived without an oven during  Continue Reading »

The Apple of My Eye

Written on October 10, 2006 at 9:09 pm, by

    At this time of year, I’m sure I could bake an apple-based dessert every day of the week and not come close to trying even a fraction of the recipes for apple desserts out there. Everywhere I turn I see recipes for apple pie, apple cake, apple muffins, apple cookies … and the  Continue Reading »

Chocolate Friday

Written on October 6, 2006 at 8:34 pm, by

Over a month ago, I was in despair after Black Friday and the realization that I wouldn’t be able to bake for quite awhile. How the times have changed! Our new oven is a blessing and we are looking forward to putting it through its paces this coming Thanksgiving weekend. I have many wonderful things  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Bakes Again!

Written on October 3, 2006 at 8:54 am, by

Hello, Autumn! Hello multi-coloured leaves and brisk fall days. Hello warm sweaters and tea by the fire. Hello rosy cheeks and scarves. Hello hockey. Hello apples and chestnuts. Hello Flavour of the Month for October 2006:  The Cake Book by Tish Boyle. Hello brand new stove that finally arrived. Hello baking. Hello Vanilla-Flecked Chiffon Cake  Continue Reading »

Blog Day 2006!

Written on August 31, 2006 at 1:34 am, by

Happy Blog Day to bloggers everywhere! I first heard of Blog Day when I read about it on Paz’s site, The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz. The idea is to introduce the world to five new bloggers, all of whom should be new (or at least relatively new) to you. And to help make things  Continue Reading »

Sugar High Monday: Apricot Jam and Apricot Almond Coffee Cake

Written on August 28, 2006 at 11:17 pm, by

I seem to be just a bit late for everything these days. A bit late for work, a bit late for appointments and a bit late for Sugar High Friday! This was supposed to be my entry for Sugar High Friday #22, hosted by Nicky and Oliver of Delicious Days, the theme of which is  Continue Reading »

A Proper Thank You

Written on August 25, 2006 at 4:40 pm, by

In addition to being my entry for the Slashfood birthday contest, my “attempt” at making a White Chocolate Raspberry Almond Cake was supposed to be a very special thank you to Tish Boyle for sending me a copy of her latest cookbook, The Cake Book. It didn’t quite work out so well! But this thank  Continue Reading »

How Not to Bake a White Chocolate Raspberry Almond Cake

Written on August 22, 2006 at 11:12 pm, by

August 19, 8:14 p.m.: Receive e-mail from the lovely Kate, a dear reader from Sacramento. Kate tells Cream Puff about Slashfood’s contest to celebrate its first birthday. Kate recommends that Cream Puff should enter. August 21, 12:23 a.m.:  Cream Puff responds to Kate’s lovely e-mail and thanks Kate for alerting her to Slashfood’s contest and  Continue Reading »

My Strawberry Treat

Written on July 13, 2006 at 9:49 am, by

One of the jokes that circulates most often among Torontonians is that this city has two seasons:  winter and construction. All joking aside, winter is very long in this part of the world and as a result, there is an overwhelming pressure to "enjoy" summer. I was not kidding when I wrote about anxiously awaiting  Continue Reading »

For the Love of Cherries

Written on July 7, 2006 at 11:00 am, by

  Of all the stone fruits, cherries are my very favourite. Come June and July, my thoughts turn to cherries again and again as the anticipation of their arrival builds. Before I know it, I’m enjoying fresh cherries harvested from our own trees or those of family and friends. Growing up, we had a particularly beautiful  Continue Reading »

Berrify Me!

Written on June 26, 2006 at 8:57 pm, by

Finally! Finally the berries are arriving! Winter is but a memory here in Ontario and spring has waved goodbye. Summer is in full swing and with her she brings all the glorious berries that Ontario has to offer. Those plain, uniformly perfect, bland supermarket strawberries are a thing of the past. They’ve been replaced by  Continue Reading »

The Vanilla Flirt

Written on May 26, 2006 at 9:39 pm, by

Sigh. What’s a Cream Puff to do when she’s feeling under the weather on a dreary, rainy day in Cream Puff Land? Well … said Cream Puff could spend the day snoozing and waking periodically to watch The Food Network. Or … she can get herself all dolled up. But what to wear? I began  Continue Reading »

The Best Muffins Ever … Just Please Don’t Sue Me!

Written on May 23, 2006 at 8:16 pm, by

In an earlier post I made reference to a certain muffin recipe in my possession that, in my humble Cream Puff opinion, is the best muffin recipe around. As promised I am now sharing it with all of you! I was raised to be a modest and polite Cream Puff. Timid and quiet, I’m sometimes  Continue Reading »

WCC #5: Tres Leches Cake with Brandied Pineapple

Written on May 15, 2006 at 5:39 pm, by

When Ali of Something So Clever and Sara of I Like to Cook announce a Weekend Cookbook Challenge, I’m usually all over it. This time around, however, I hesitated when it came to participating. The theme for WCC #5 was the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which is widely celebrated in Mexico and the United  Continue Reading »

SHF#17: Mascarpone Cheesecake with Candied Pecans and Dulce de Leche Sauce

Written on March 10, 2006 at 7:11 pm, by

Let me tell you a story. There once was a girl, let’s call her Cream Puff, who had a dream. Her dream was to take part in her very first Sugar High Friday, hosted by spittoonextra. Cream Puff planned long and hard to make her dream come true. She longed for Sugar High Friday #17  Continue Reading »

The Food of Piemonte: Le mele

Written on February 26, 2006 at 5:57 pm, by

Is there a fruit in the world imbued with more significance than the apple? Whether it’s Eve offering a shiny red one to Adam or your mom telling you to eat one a day, apples are more than just a simple fruit. While Piemonte is well-known for its production of rice and wine, did you  Continue Reading »

The Month of Chocolate

Written on February 2, 2006 at 4:33 pm, by

More so than even December, for me, February is the month of chocolate. Maybe it’s because there’s chocolate everywhere. Or because hearts and chocolate seem to go so well together. Or maybe it’s because February just happens to be one of the most stressful months of the year for me at work. Whatever the reason,  Continue Reading »