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What are you baking these days? October 2014 Edition, Part One

I just took a tray of ccc out of the oven. The last of my cookie stash from the freezer.
Later today I will be making oatmeal cookies with a mix of dried fruit for my daughter to take to a school meeting - no chocolate or nuts allowed!
This weekend my youngest is having a class party and celebrating her birthday. I'll be making chocolate cupcakes for the kids to decorate at the party and a small chocolate cake for her birthday.

1 day ago
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"Naturally" GLUTEN FREE baking/dessert recipes, without weird ingredients

These are my favourite peanut butter cookies, from the back of the Kraft peanut butter jar.

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg

Mix ingredients. Roll into 24 balls and place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Flatten with fork tines. Bake at 325 for 12-15 minutes.
I prefer to put them in mini muffin tins and bake approx the same amount of time. When they come out of the oven I press a Hershey's kiss into the middle of each one. Makes about 15.
I have never made these with natural peanut butter.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

They do. I found them on one visit to Warden, it seemed to be the end of their stock. Just a few stuck in with the Nutella packs. Haven't seen them on my last coupe of visits.

What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I made maple apple scones for a breakfast treat this morning. A nice use of the great apples that are available this time of year.

Sep 21, 2014
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Recipes Using Prepared Caramel Sauce

Just saw this recipe, which I now have bookmarked, and thought of this thread.
http://americanheritagecooking.com/20...

Sep 20, 2014
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Recipes Using Prepared Caramel Sauce

I would just drizzle the caramel over until the pan is covered to your liking.

Sep 19, 2014
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Recipes Using Prepared Caramel Sauce

Can't wait to hear what you think!
You guys are spurring me on, but I don't think I will get a chance to make these until Sunday.

Sep 19, 2014
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Recipes Using Prepared Caramel Sauce

I've been looking for an excuse to make this recipe. The bonus for you - no need yo unwrap all those caramels!
http://pinchofyum.com/chocolate-caram...

Sep 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2! [old]

I made Chow's recipe for Banana Bread but baked it in a bundt pan. Oh, and I added some mini chocolate chips, because everything is better with chocolate.

Sep 14, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Sounds good to me!
Since you are thinking of making them, based on my experience yesterday I would suggest chopping the apples fairly small (1/2 inch dice) and mixing them into the cream cheese mixture.

Sep 10, 2014
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Apple picking suggestions please?

The past few years we have been going to Applewood Winery. If you time it right you can pick raspberries too. They have a lot of varieties available for picking. There are wagon rides and a corn maze. And there is also a small wine shop with tastings. They make a raspberry cider that I enjoy as well as a few wines including some fruit wines.

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Made these apple cream cheese bars today. I halved the recipe and baked them in a 8x8 pan, ended up with nice thick bars. I used Galas instead of Granny Smith, because that's what I had and I prefer an apple that cooks down. I had a small taste while they are still warm. I will serve them later, cooled, after dinner. Based on the warm bars next time I would add cinnamon to the topping, in addition to what is in the apples and also add another tablespoon of sugar to the cream cheese mixture.
http://therecipecritic.com/2013/10/ca...
They are very yummy and I will be making them again.

Sep 09, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Glad they were at hit at your house. They are in my kids' lunchboxes today too!

Sep 09, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Your welcome. Mine just came out of the oven. I just baked one tray and am freezing the rest of the dough. Fresh baked cookies are the best!

Sep 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Here is another suggestion for your unused biscoff spread. My kids aren't fans of the spread on it's own but they love these cookies. In fact I think I will make a batch today! Lovely flavours and spices for this fall day.

Oops, here's the link http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/bis...

Sep 08, 2014
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Cotton Candy Grapes?

This article was linked in a discussion on the General Topics board.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013...

Cotton Candy Grapes?

I got some around this time last year at Longo's. They were quite good and the kids went crazy for them.

The Cabbagetown is becoming the new Ossington

And don't forget Cafe Olya for their fabulous coffee and amazing baked goods.

Mashed potato recipes

I like mine made half Yukon gold and half sweet potatoes, add the usual milk and butter.
For a decadent version I add boursin cheese and cream to get it to the desired consistency.

Sep 05, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I didn't buy them this time - too many tarts and too little will power! Maybe the next time I have friends coming over or family in town visiting.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Very strange indeed! I can vouch for their mini tarts at the Warden location, but as far as the other locations go I'm just going by the info on their website.

Chocolate marble birthday cake for MIL recommendations?

If she would be happy with a bundt cake, this recipe from Carole Walter's Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More is great.
http://www.cookingbythebook.com/recip...

Sep 05, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

These were Grandmother's Bake Shoppe tarts, but they were an assortment of minis. I find the Grandmother's site a little difficult to get retail location info off of, but after a few different searches it seems that the 12 packs of full size tarts are available at a number of Costcos, among them Mississauga Central, Ajax and Oshawa.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

There was mention on the latest butter tart thread of Grandmothers tart. At Warden today I saw a pack of 24 asset mini tarts - plain, pecan, raspberry and lemon. I think the price was around $7.

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Only if the kids aren't around!

Sep 04, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I love this recipe http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2013...
I also love it stewed with a few strawberries thrown in, along with toast it is the perfect breakfast, also great slightly warmed and served over ice cream.

Sep 04, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I picked up one of these sauce pans at Warden this morning for $19.97. Probably about 12-15 left in stock. I have already used it and am happy with it. Love the size (just need to figure out where I will store it) and can see it coming in very handy for "one pot" meals.

2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

Thanks for the heads up. I have tried buttertarts from both places and while both are really good I prefer Doo Doo's. They were sweeter and had a runnier filling than Betty's. At the shop they have plain, raisin or pecan, possibly a few other tarts too. Betty's has a great crust and I would definitely stop there again, but for a pie next time.
Maid's Cottage still tops my list as best buttertart, but these are both good contenders.

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I am not a fan of pumpkin pie, but DH is. The first time I made this pie I was really hoping that we would both like it and I would never have to see another pumpkin pie in my life. Alas, I love it and while he certainly enjoys it it is no substitute for his beloved pumpkin pie. His b-day is on or at least close to Canadian Thanksgiving and he often requests pp over cake.
You can definitely taste the squash and I would say this pie is sweeter than any pp I have ever had and not as much pie spice flavour.

Sep 02, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

While not a bread, if you are looking for baked goods utilizing squash this recipe is amazing. http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/br...
I always use butternut squash. I think I will need to make one of these next month to take to Thanksgiving at my parents place - it is a favourite for me and my mom.

Sep 02, 2014
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