Johnny Cake

When my sister and I were growing up our father worked out of town a lot. We only got to see him a couple times a year usually but when we did it was always a special treat. One of my fondest memories growing up was one morning waking up to the smell of some kind of corn bread wafting through the house. I came downstairs and my dad had made something called Johnny Cake for breakfast. What? Cake for breakfast? I was sold.

Now on some of those rare mornings I have time I throw together this simple recipe and then smother it with butter and maple syrup for an amazing breakfast treat.

If you ever feel like something other than pancakes and waffles definitely try this recipe out, eat it warm, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup oil

Sift all the dry ingredients together, make a well in the centre. Blend all the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl and then add to the dry ingredients. Fold together only until clear. Put into greased 13×9 inch pan and bake for about 25 minutes at 425F. You could also add cheese, sweet corn, or even sausage if you so please.

Serve warm with pure maple syrup and some butter and you have cake for breakfast!

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Koek (Dutch Spice cake)

Kruidkoek or Koek as I grew up calling, it is a dutch spice loaf. Literally translated ‘koek’ means ‘cake’ and is usually it is served as a teatime snack. The recipe that I have here I got from my grandma, after much research I believe it is a variation of Kruidkoek.

I find that it is best after a day or so of being wrapped up because the top of the loaf becomes soft and syrupy(not the best word, but I don’t know how else to describe it) anyways its delicious!

Before starting to mix, preheat your oven to 350 F.

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To start off you need to mix your dry ingredients together. So your flour, spices, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well and set it aside.

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Next you mix together in a separate bowl the sugar, syrup(I usually use either Aunt Jemima’s or just corn syrup) and then add your lukewarm water. Stir to dissolve as best as possible.

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Now that you have your two mixtures, add the dry to the wet and mix everything together to make a smooth, homogeneous batter. It may take a little bit for the flour to mix into the water mixture. It acts like cocoa and water. But don’t worry it will incorporate and once it starts it wont take long after that.

Next, grease your desired pans. I just use regular loaf pans and I grease them with butter.

Pour your batter into the pan. I doubled the recipe so it made two loaves. The recipe below is good for one regular sized loaf.

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Put your pan in the oven and bake for about 30-45 min until a toothpick comes out clean

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Allow to cool until the pan can be handled easily without gloves, then take out of the pan and continue cooling upside-down for another few minutes before wrapping or eating.

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1 cup sugar

1/2 cup syrup

1 cup lukewarm water

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp allspice

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Enjoy!

Baking Vegan

Lactose intolerant? Allergic to eggs? Looking at going vegan? This post is for you.

Vegan baking is baking without the use of any animal products or byproducts. When you think of baked goods some of the very first ingredients that pop into your mind are most likely animal based…Eggs, milk, butter. But today I will tell you some other options to help with your preferences or allergies.

img_7225Because of the growing trend in veganism and the growing awareness of allergies more and more options have been popping up in local grocery stores. Some options being the vegan Becel butter substitute, Veggemo milk which is a vegetable based milk substitute, So Nice soy beverage, and Earth Balance soy free butter substitute. All of these options found at a Save On grocery store here in Edmonton. As for egg substitutes you can use what you most likely already have in your house, baking soda and vinegar. Use 1tsp baking soda to 1 tbsp vinegar per egg. There are also many egg replacers which can often be found in the baking section of local grocery stores or organic shops.

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Lets bake a vegan red velvet cake! What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup soy milk (can also use other milk substitute or even water)
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • red dye (until desired colour)

Sift all dry ingredients together and put into mixing bowl, add wet ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is incorporated. Bake at 350F for about 45-60 minutes. (Depending on size of cake).

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Vegan ‘butter’cream!:

  • 2 cups vegan Becel butter
  • 8 cups icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy milk or other milk substitute
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt

Mix together until fluffy consistency. Now decorate however you please!

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Nutella Cheesecake

A few years back I was discussing baking with my cousin when she told me about recipe that she had found. Its a recipe for a peanut butter cheesecake but she had discovered that it tasted delicious when you used Nutella instead of the peanut butter. Since then I have used this recipe a lot.

Nutella Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs or oreo crumbs

3/4 cup Butter

3 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese

3/4 cup Nutella

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons All purpose flour

1 teaspoon Vanilla

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup Cream (half and half)

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F

Step 1: The Crust

Melt the butter and add to the chosen crumbs until combined. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9″ springform pan (I used 4 miniature 3-4″ springform pans and had lots leftover to use in just muffin liners)

Step 2: The Filling

Soften the room temperature Cream cheese in a mixer, add sugar

Step 3

Next add the Nutella and the Vanilla

Step 4

Add the flour. Scrape down the bowl

Step 5

Add the eggs all at once. Make sure you scrape down the bowl after adding the eggs

Step 6

Add the cream and once it is combined add the chocolate chips

Step 7

Pour the filling into the pan. Place pan in a tub of  hot water

Step 8

Bake in the tub of water for 45 min – 1 1/2 hours

When you take out the cheesecakes allow to cool in the tub of water

Chill and serve this decadent masterpiece to all your friends!