Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal

If you’re in need of switching up your breakfast game, give this Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal a go! It’s special while not being fussy, and can be mostly prepared the day before if desired.

I’ve always loved having oats in some form for my breakfast, whether they’re in porridge, granola or overnight oats. But baked oatmeal is a game changer! Packed with nuts, chia seeds and fruit, this breakfast will keep you going and give you lots of energy to go about your day.

I must admit, my first experience with baked oatmeal several years ago was not a good one! I found a recipe for strawberry rhubarb baked oatmeal and followed it exactly as written. Unfortunately, instead of the outside being delightfully toasted with a soft center, my baked oatmeal turned out to be a sloppy mess. There was way too much liquid and juice from the fruit, and I didn’t touch another baked oatmeal recipe for a long time after that! Fortunately, I decided to give it another go and got the consistency right.

Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is bursting with flavour thanks to the spices and molasses. It will make a delicious addition to your holiday spread.

I’ve loved gingerbread ever since I was a kid, devouring as many gingerbread men as I could before the season was over. I couldn’t wait to make it in cake form, to create a cake that’s fluffy, moist and full of spice.

Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Sugar Cookies make an eye-catching and festive display to any Christmas table. A simple sugar cookie recipe is the base for these fun cookies. I got some clear bags and red ribbon to give these cookies out as early Christmas gifts to friends this past week.

Sometimes sugar cookies can be a bit bland, so I added some almond extract to make the flavour more interesting. The almond extract is subtle however, and doesn’t overpower the cookies. Fear not, if you don’t like almond flavors! It simply boosts the sugar cookies flavour, and will have you reaching for a second one. And if you really don’t want to use almond extract, just add another teaspoon of vanilla.

Maple Glazed Snickerdoodles

I’m holding onto Summer for as long as I can, but I’m also excited for all the Fall baking. Like these maple-glazed snickerdoodles! Not only do these cookies have all the cinnamon-sugar goodness, they also have a scrumptious maple glaze.

These cookies are great if you’re looking for something fast to bake: they require zero chill time and are done baking in 10 minutes.

If you’re wondering what the difference is between snickerdoodles and sugar cookies, it’s the cream of tartar. While it’s used in many recipes as a stabiliser, cream of tartar serves to add a distinct tanginess to snickerdoodles. It also causes a chemical reaction with the baking soda, giving the cookie a chewier texture.

Cherry Poppy Seed Loaf

Is anybody else in disbelief that the summer is drawing to an end?! I feel like it only just started. Summer is definitely my favourite of all the seasons. I live for the beach, swimming pools and dining al fresco. I couldn't let the summer pass without baking a cherry recipe. Cherries are one of my most-loved summer fruits and I can never get enough of cherry desserts. I love this cherry poppy seed loaf because it's not overly sweet and has a lovely lemony flavour that goes so well with the poppy seeds. The sugar and lemon zest are rubbed together with your fingers to release the oil in the zest, which in turn gives a richer lemon flavour. This cake is just the thing to use up the last of your summer cherries. If you don't have fresh cherries, you can substitute frozen ones. You could also use different fruits in this recipe, such as plums or raspberries.