Mother’s Day Brunch Souffle

I invited my mom for Mother’s Day brunch.  My brother and niece came from out of town for the day to help celebrate.  I knew I wanted to make cheese souffle.  It has been one of mom’s favourite things that I make for a long time and I haven’t made it for years.  Pain au chocolat has been on my list of things I want to make for a while.  The last time I made my own puff pastry was in cooking school.  It was a group project and we had machines to roll out the dough.  I didn’t get a chance to get hands on experience as much as I would have liked, so I’m going to say I’ve never made it before.  It is time consuming, but not at all difficult.  It’s probably because Julie made the instructions so simple.  They turned out wonderfully! Continue reading “Mother’s Day Brunch Souffle”

PB&J Cupcakes

Yup, you read that right.  Your favourite sandwich can now be a cupcake.

I’m a big fan of The Chew.  I record it and watch it almost daily.  When Carla Hall made these, I waited for an occasion to make them.  I’m bringing these to a party I’ve been invited to.  Since I don’t know how many people are attending I’m making mini cupcakes.

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Orange Bundt Cake

I got some oranges because they were leftover from a function at work.  So I decided to make a bundt cake.  I haven’t used the bundt pan of my dreams often enough.  I found a recipe that looked like a good start.  First, I doubled the recipe, then I cut the butter in half and replaced the remaining butter with plain yogurt.  I also cut the sugar in half.  Since I was using yogurt, I felt free to eliminate the milk and replace it with orange juice.  This will add some natural sweetness and bump up the orange flavour.  That’s a lot of math, but it’s ok because I did it for you.  You’re welcome.

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The church community that I’m a part of is hosting an African themed potluck lunch.  It’s part of a larger event to raise awareness and money for our friend who is living and working in Uganda.  My friend, Nicole, loves Melktert and a few years ago she requested that I make this pie.  I wanted to make Melktert for this event in honour of my friend, but I don’t like bringing pie to a potluck.  At a potluck you want to try a little taste of everything and pie is best served in a pie sized piece.  When you try to shave a sliver of pie off it just doesn’t do the pie justice.

Then I had an idea; I could make it on a graham crust and cut it into squares!  So I made a shortbread graham crust.  It’s a morph of a graham crust and a shortbread crust but either would work.  The original recipe is to put the filling in puff pastry (you could make your own or bake some from frozen) and the last time I made it in my regular piecrust.

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