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Homemade Toaster Strudel

Sometimes we get a hankering for toaster strudel, but it isn’t something we can find in the frozen food section at the grocery store.  Ready-made puff pastry to the rescue!  With this and a bit of jam (or curd, conserve, or fruit), we can make wonderful strudel ourselves.  In fact, we can make just about any variety – far more than the limited flavour variations available in the US. Betty Crocker vanilla frosting in a can is the closest thing we’ve found to the original topping.  Just microwave a couple of tablespoons of frosting for a few seconds and drizzle it over the baked pastries. Homemade Toaster Strudel: 1 package ready-made puff pastry 1 jar of jam or conserve (you won’t need all of it) 1 can of prepared vanilla frosting (again, you won’t need much of this) 1 egg, beaten Unroll the pastry and cut into 8 equal pieces.  Spoon about a tablespoon of jam onto one side of the cut pastry and then brush around the edges with the egg (see picture above). …


Our fruit trees have been good to us this year. We’ve had buckets of plums, apples, and even a few pears. To make use of everything, I’ve been making jam and baking cakes. I hope to have enough apples for a small batch of apple butter.


This doesn’t mean I’ve fallen off the healthy-eating wagon. While I do like to eat cupcakes, I enjoying baking them even more. There is something therapeutic about creating perfect little bundles of deliciousness. Taking pictures of them is quite fun, too!


I’m hosting a small tea today for two business associates who are driving up from Yorkshire. Of course, no tea party would be complete without cupcakes, so I’ve made coffee, vanilla, lime & coconut, and white chocolate with macadamia.

Cake Truffles

What a week! And it’s only Wednesday. I’m still blundering about, but with less-disastrous results so far. If I make it to the weekend, I’ll be making cake truffles. They’re perfect for comfort eating and impossible to get wrong. 1 Box of cake mix 1 Can of cake frosting 200g Good-quality chocolate Prepare the cake according to the instructions on the box. Once it’s cooled, place it in a bowl and mash it with 1/2 the can of frosting. Roll the cake/frosting mixture into balls, place them on a baking sheet, and pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes. Melt the chocolate in short bursts of medium heat in the microwave, taking care not to let it burn. Remove the cake balls from the fridge and then carefully dip them – one at a time – in the melted chocolate. Once they’re well coated, place on a baking sheet to harden. You can top them with sprinkles if you like. (I do!)