Eggnog Christmas Cookies

Eggnog Christmas Cookies

So who doesn’t like the sweet eggnog flavour, reminiscent of the holiday spirit? As it turns out, a lot of people really dislike it, for some its the “egg” flavour or it is “too milky” or it does not have “enough spike”. Enter these scrumptious eggnog christmas cookies, one bite and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with them. Not to mention, your entire house will be smelling like christmas!

Eggnog Christmas Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 cinnamon
  • 2 tsp rum
  • 1 egg yolk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. Whisk together all of your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg), set aside.
  3. Grab a handful of your dry ingredients blend and coat your raisins in it (this will ensure that your raisins don’t sink to the bottom of your cookies).
  4. In a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, or with a handheld mixer, beat the butter and the brown sugar until it reaches a light color and a fluffy consistency.
  5. Reduce speed and add the wet ingredients, one at a time (egg yolk, eggnog, rum).
  6. Slowly add the flour blend until combined, making sure you don’t overmix.
  7. Slowly, with the use of a spatula, fold in the raisins..
  8. Refrigerate your cookie dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Portion your cookie dough with the use of an ice cream scoop. I used 1 1/2 tbs of dough for each cookie.
  10. Bake for approx. 9-12 min, or until the edges are golden.
  11. Transfer to cooling racks and let them cool completely.

Eggnog Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs rum
  • 2tbs eggnog

Directions

  • Mix in all of the ingredients.
  • If the mixture is too runny, add more powdered sugar, one tbs at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Place your glaze in a piping bag and drizzle onto your cooled cookies.
  • Enjoy!

If you try this recipe, drop a comment down below and let me know how they turned out!

Carrot Pineapple Bundt Cake Recipe

Carrot Pineapple Bundt Cake Recipe

Fall couldn’t get here any faster, and, although this is a household favorite year-round recipe, it is particularly perfect for the cooler, fall days ahead. What I love the most about this Carrot Pineapple Bundt Cake recipe is that the cake is spongy with just the right amount of moist, and it is not overly sweet. The carrot and the pineapple really complement each other well in terms of flavour, and the walnuts give it just the right amount of crunch (not to mention that they are a fall staple ingredient). I know I’ve repeated myself a lot, but just picture yourself in a big, cozy sweater, under a fluffy blanket, drinking your first cup of coffee and having this cake for breakfast – really what fall dreams are made of, amiright?

So, without further ado, lets dive into this recipe so you can enjoy a piece of cake as soon as possible!

Ingredients:

Carrot Pineapple batter

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1.5 tsps baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups of vegetable oil (canola oil should work just as well)
  • 2.5 cups of grated carrots
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple (make sure you strain as much juice out of the pineapples as possible)
  • 2 cups of walnuts – optional (you can use pecans or the nuts of your choice)

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350C. While the oven is pre-heating, grease and flour a bundt pan and set aside.
  2. Sift all of the dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, baking powder).
  3. Mix in the brown sugar and add eggs and vegetable oil. Mix until combined.
  4. Add in your grated carrots, walnuts and crushed pineapple. Make sure you remove as much juice from your grated pineapples as possible. You can do this by using a sieve or paper towel to squeeze the juice out.
  5. Pour your batter into the previously greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 45-55min or until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out dry.
  6. To remove, turn the bundt pan upside down onto a cooling rack.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. Beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Place the mixture into a microwave safe container and warm up in the microwave for 30s to a minute (depending on your microwave’s power). The glaze should be fairly liquid.
  3. Pour onto your cooled cake, serve and enjoy!

If you end up trying this recipe, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear your experience!

Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

Easy Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am not a huge fan of cooking. It’s all the prep work, the time it takes, the clean up… I feel that I spend hours making a meal that will be devoured in less than 15 minutes. Not to mention that I am not really creative when it comes to ingredients. I have never really had it in me to “whip something up” with whatever ingredients are in the fridge. The flavour talent simply eludes me.

That being said, I do have my favorite go-to recipes that I know I can nail every single time, and that are just absolutely yummy. One of my personal favorites is my shrimp ceviche recipe. I am one to eat ceviche even in the winter time, but I find that this recipe pairs perfectly with the nice, hot summer weather, and maybe a glass of white or prosecco. Perfect for the beach, or poolside, and the best part is that you can serve it as an appetizer or main meal.

This recipe requires minimal ingredients and it is extremely easy to make. Trust me, if I can make it, so can you!

Shrimp Ceviche

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of raw shrimp (deveined and without a tail)
  • 1-2 red onions
  • 1 1/2 cups of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Cilantro (about a cup – or more depending on your taste)
  • Olive oil
  • Spices: salt, peper, cumin, cayenne pepper (or tabasco sauce)
  • To serve (optional): avocado, tortilla chips or plantain chips, or saltines or toasted slices of baguette bread

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil – make sure you have enough water for the amount of shrimp.
  2. While your water is boiling, finely slice your onions – thin slices about 1-1.5in long.
  3. Cut shrimp into cubes – depending on the size of your shrimp, cut each shrimp into halves or thirds.
  4. Once the water starts boiling, remove the pot from the heat and place your cut, raw shrimp in the pot for about 8-10 seconds – you want your shrimp to achieve a very pale pink color, but not cook your shrimp completely.
  5. Strain shrimp and place in a bowl. Add the lime juice 1 cup at a time, making sure the shrimp is covered completely with lime juice.
  6. Add the sliced onions and cilantro and mix.
  7. Season with cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  8. Remove from the fridge and drizzle with olive oil to taste – this will help cut out some of the acidity of the lime juice.
  9. Serve with your choice of tortilla chips, plantain chips, saltines or baguette and enjoy!

Tips

  • When placing your shrimp in boiling water, keep in mind that the goal is not to cook the shrimp. If you leave it in the water for too long, your shrimp will overcook and it will become chewy.
  • Let your shrimp “cook” in the lime juice, in the fridge, for at least 2 hours. The longer, the better.
  • Add enough olive oil to cut the acidity from the lime juice, but keep in mind that ceviche is supposed to be more on the acid side.
  • Serve cold – whatever you do, do not heat up your ceviche! Ceviche is a cold dish. Serve it as an appetizer or main meal.

If you decide to try this recipe, please do let me know in the comments section below.

Baby Friendly Smash Cake Recipe

Baby Friendly Smash Cake Recipe

In my cake baking days, I received so many “healthy” smash cake requests, and I remember thinking to myself ” A cake is a cake and it’s not meant to be healthy. Nothing will happen to the baby if they try a bit of sugar”. Now fast forward to today, that I am actually a mom, I was scouring the internet looking for healthy recipes because God forbid I give Hazel a bit of sugar… the irony doesn’t elude me, I have to say.

I am extremely picky when it comes to certain ingredients, mainly shredded coconut and coconut milk, I can’t stand the taste. So I was looking for options that didn’t call for coconut. I also wanted something with as few ingredients as possible. I saw quite a few recipes that called for 3 or 4 different types of flour and all sorts of ingredients that are not pantry staples at my house. Everything I found online had either all sorts of uncommon ingredients, or coconut. I was about to just stick to regular cake, but, as luck may have it, a mom friend of mine shared a healthy muffin recipe that was just perfect. It contains no added sugar and uses fruits and dates as natural sweeteners.

I tweaked the recipe a bit to make it my own and here is what I came up with:

Orange & Date Cake (or muffins)

Yields: 24 muffins or three 5 inch cakes

Storage: 3-4 days in the refrigerator or 2 months in the freezer

Ingredients:

Batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 of cup of finely chopped dates
  • The zest of one orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbs canola oil
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups of baby cereal (I used Gerber’s organic oatmeal cereal – use the cereal of your choice
  • 2 tsps baking powder

Frosting

  • 1 cup of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of greek yogurt
  • 3 tbs maple syrup or, if baby is over 12mo, pure honey

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F
  2. Line a 24 muffin pan with paper liners or grease three 5 inch round pans
  3. In a blender or food processor, blend together the orange juice, water, chopped dates, eggs, oil and orange zest
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Slowly add the wet ingredients until the mixture is fully incorporated. You can use a wodden spoon, spatula or hand held mixer to do this.
  5. Pour the batter into the muffin pan, making sure you fill each mold 3/4 up to the line. If you are baking a cake, divide the batter into three equal parts and pour into your cake pans.
    • For muffins: bake from 12- 15 min
    • For 5 inch cake pans: bake approximately 30-35mins
  6. Once baked, remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack before frosting.

Frosting

  1. With the use of a hand held mixer or a whisk (whisk attachment on a stand mixer), beat together the greek yogurt, cream cheese and maple syrup.
  2. Frost or pipe as desired.

To decorate the cake, I made a #1 cake topper using pale pink fondant. I added a few little fondant flowers and used Fancy Sprinkles Prism Powder to add a touch of shimmer. I also sprinkled a bit of Fancy Sugar to add a dainty touch of color.

Now tell me, are you team healthy cake or do you prefer a more traditional, sugar full cake for a smash cake? No judgement here, I am strong advocate of “everything in moderation”!