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Maple “Turtle”Cheesecake

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Maple Turtle Cheesecake

It is the time of year again when all sorts of maple goodies start to show up in the shops, following a season in the sugar woods and all those great pancake dinners.  There are a few places near by where I live where you can purchase maple products right where they are produced, but they’re also available pretty much anywhere.  Maple syrup seems to stick around for a longer time frame, but the maple cream and maple butters seem to have a shorter appearance (although the MPANS website states you can freeze maple butter).

So for this recipe, I wanted to make use of a tub of maple butter I had picked up Hunter’s maple products in Springhill, to create a kind of turtle cheesecake, substituting it for the caramel in the recipe.  This is the stuff you’re looking for (and good stuff it is!):

Maple Butter

On to the recipe!

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Fig and Anise Toffee


Years ago when I was still living in Newfoundland and increasing my interest in all things cooking and baking, one of my friends and taste-testers came over for dinner and along with that dinner I made a loaf of fig and fennel bread out of some Martha Stewart mag.  I thought I was so fancy, lol. I don’t think she was overly fond of it and it was probably like a door-stopper, what with my bread-baking luck.  Thankfully we are still good friends.  That little dinner for some reason popped into my head as I was thinking up a new holiday toffee recipe, so this one goes out to that good friend.


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Cranberry Almond Crumble Toffee


Cranberry Almond Crumble Toffee

Happy holidays to you all !  And happy holidays to me as well, because I FINALLY got myself some Christmas baking spirit these past few days, and have been into the candy making as well.  I like to try a few new things each year, so I have two new toffee recipes coming up in addition to the other lovely recipes I’ve found (round-up to come!).

This recipe features a combination of cranberries, almonds, and spice cookies nestled in a buttery toffee, topped with creamy white chocolate.  The result was very Christmas-y, I thought.  Check it out for yourself !

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Cookie Butter Clusters

Cookie Butter ClustersThese sweets are super easy to whip up and make a bunch.  If you can melt chocolate, you are good to go.

I have made a few variations on these (like my apple raisin slowpokes), but it is the holiday season and time for warm spices! And so these were a new addition to my candy platter this year.

This recipe uses cookie butter made from Speculoos cookies.  I used Cookinotti brand that was easy to find at the grocery store.  It is GOOD stuff.  I also used it in a cheesecake recipe this past year that I entered into a contest, so if you are looking for a more elaborate dessert, check it out !  Read the rest of this entry

Cherry Blossom Bundt Cake

Cherry Blossom Bundt CakeThis rich chocolate cake, packed with peanuts and coconut, hides a tunnel of cream cheese and maraschino cherries and was inspired by, you guessed it, the candy bar of the same name.  This one went to a bake sale in aid of a Christmas families program we have at work, so while filling a few bellies, it also went towards a good cause.  Doubly sweet !   Read the rest of this entry

Rum Runner Molasses Cookies

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Historically, the economy of Newfoundland included a vibrant trade of the then plentiful salt cod stocks with other countries who in turn, provided us with their exports of sugar, dry fruits and nuts, coffee, molasses and rum.  And so, in turn for providing the world with the basis of many wonderful Bacalao variations, my ancestors in Newfoundland were able to bake up many ‘lassy filled treats, studded with nuts and fruits and flavored with many wonderful things. Read the rest of this entry

Black Forest Cheesecake Crepes

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If you have been reading my blog this past week or so, you can probably figure out what the secret ingredient is in this rich dessert, but if you taste it, you would never know.  Yep, these crepes have lentils in them, for a little extra protein and fibre in your dessert !


These are fairly easy to whip up, and the components can be made ahead of time and assembled just before serving.  Who doesn’t like a little extra help when you have guests over, right?  Read the rest of this entry