Jul 1, 2012
What a fun week!! It started out sadly though – my most treasured pie plate (and of course the only one I brought with me) smashed to the floor with a beautiful chicken pot pie in it. I am not a crier and I swear I almost shed a tear over this. It was about 40 years old, snagged from a friend who brought it to my house in Toronto about 5 years ago with a peanut butter cup cake in it. The nostalgic part of this story is that the cake she brought was her entry into our annual bake off for my sister’s birthday and she lost but about a year later we found out the entry that beat her was a store bought cheat!. I lifted my spirits with these cinnamon buns though. Then I made my very first Battenberg Cake for Daring Bakers, it was hard but totally worth it!
-We have a Stone Cold Creamery across the street and it’s become a weekly treat for the kids to get a small bowl and I am uber proud of myself that I haven’t caved in over a month!
-Strawberry cake makes me extremely happy and yes I snack on strawberries while I bake it!
-Nothing is more fun than a random tutu!
-We went to the pool every weekday this week and man were the kids happy about that (I’ve never been so tan in my whole life)
-Butter Tarts for Canada Day
-Canada Day dinner of Peameal Bacon on a Kaiser with Poutine and a Moosehead
Mar 8, 2012
This is one of those recipes that’s hardly even a recipe. If you use chocolate chips instead of making your own chocolate sauce, it’s even less of a recipe! Like most kids, mine will eat ice cream anytime – when it’s snowing, in the middle of a heat wave, when it’s raining, whenever. So this after school treat in March in Canada should not be surprising.
The reason I went with making my own syrup instead of using chocolate was only because I wanted to try out some vegan chocolate recipes – and this one was amazing.
|Vegan Chocolate Sauce via Happy Herbivore
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp cornstarch
|Ice Cream Bites via This Chick Cooks
chocolate for melted (or chocolate syrup)
To make the syrup all you do is mix the cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water and set it aside. Then whisk the cocoa and the water together, stir in the agave and the cornstarch mixture. Bring it to a boil and keep stirring till it’s thick enough to set up but thin enough to coat the ice cream sandwiches (OR you can just melt about a cup of chocolate chips and add a teeny bit of oil). Then assemble your little sandwiches! I cut each vanilla wafter in 3 pieces and used about a tablespoon or so of ice cream.
Now coat the little sandwiches with the chocolate syrup and pop in the fridge for a few hours till it’s set up. So so so good and such a fun surprise for the kids after school.