Peach Puff Crumble

So it was sunday morning, the best morning for baking, and some of my family had stayed overnight and I thought it would be nice to surprise them with a yummy morning pastry. We had a delicious basket of peaches sitting on the counter which were starting to go bad so they were my first choice of ingredients. I knew we had some puff pastry in the fridge so I thought that would work well with them. I also saw some cinnamon creamed honey on the counter and decided that would be a delicious match for the peaches. So I started off by rolling out the puff pastry dough. Next I mixed the cinnamon honey with some soft cream cheese and spread it over the puff dough. Then I chopped the peaches and tossed them on top. I also made some brown sugar crumble topping with oats and butter and sprinkled that on top. Next it was in to the oven for 20 minutes and 400f. cool and ENJOY!

Mini cupcakes

These are some miniature cupcakes for a recent wedding shower we held at our house. They were orange, pineapple, coconut cake with yummy vanilla buttercream. I finished them off with cute purple gumpaste flowers. 

Blueberry Nectarine Cheesecake Blondie squares

Yesterday one of my best friends had a pot luck and of course I have offered to bring dessert. Wondering what I should make, I decided to use the best of this seasons fruit: blueberries and nectarines. This was a tasty creation and I would definitely make it again!

As I often do when experimenting with flavours, I didn't use a recipe so I can't provide one, but once I perfect the recipe I will post it!

Step one: creating the blondie base. MMMM buttery brown sugary goodness!

Step two: spread in the bottom of a pan.

Step three: add nectarines.

Step four: add cheesecake batter.

Step five: add blueberries and bake.

Step six: Remove from oven, cool, ENJOY!!

Monkey Muffins

Sunday morning after a sleepover always calls for a breakfast creation. One of my best friends had slept over and we decided to bake breakfast before we went to church. We decided on a healthy recipe from the back of a ground flax seed bag. I called them monkey muffins because of the monkey peeler who did such a good job peeling the carrots. This muffin recipe is from BOB'S Red Mill whole ground flaxseed meal and has no oil or butter. I added a dried apricot on top of each muffin.
Bran Flax Muffins
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
3/4 cup flaxseed meal
3/4 cup Oat Bran cereal
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups finely shredded apples
1/2 cups raisins (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together flour, Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal, oat bran, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in carrots, apples, raisins (if desired), and nuts. Combine milk, beaten eggs, and vanilla. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are moistened. DO NOT OVER MIX. Fill muffin cups 3/4 cup full. Bake at 350f for 15-20 minutes. Yield: 15 muffins.

Blackforrest Cream Puff Tower

This was made for another friend at work who also celebrated a big birthday this July. She is German so I thought what better then a Blackforrest inspired birthday creation! I tried to do something creative and different so I made chocolate cream puffs, filled them with cherries and whipped cream. The tower was held together with dark chocolate and then drizzled with it as well. It was dusted with icing sugar to finish it off. 

Birthday cake

Happy Birthday to youuuuu!! This cake was made for a very great friend of mine who recently had a big birthday. The cake was three different flavours and about 10 layers. Orange, lemon, and lime cake with pastry cream and candied peel as the filling between layers. I decided to do citrus flavours because Lynn is British and so of course enjoys them. The best part of this cake was when it was cut into, sadly there is no picture but it was fun with the bright coloured layers. The flower was a personal creation made out of gumpaste. 

Wedding cake of butterflies

This was made for a friends friend. The wedding was at Jump bar in Toronto on July 25th. The bride asked for a vanilla cake with chocolate filling with purple buttercream and a light green boarder. The butterflies were paper in purple, green, white, and cream and the cake was inspired by a creation by Martha Stewart. This was fun and slightly stressful to make. Everything went well until delivery, there was a slight shift in the middle layer which took some fixing once I arrived for set up, but it was easily fixed and the end result was very satisfying.