Chocolate Chip and Cream Cheese Marble Cupcakes

When it comes to baking, I always have milk, eggs, and chocolate chips available in the kitchen. A rarity is cream cheese. However, during my last grocery run I decided to grab a pack of cream cheese, should I crave tiramisu. Sadly, I have not been in the mood for tiramisu; Instead, I’ve been wanting…

Christmas Fruit Cake

I admit that Christmas Fruit Cake, or Christmas Pudding as they call it in the United Kingdom, is an acquired taste. It’s a dessert I only discovered 10 years ago. To this day, no one in my family eats it with me, and my husband only had his first bite the other day. The origins…

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

I’ve been wanting to make some pumpkin muffins for many years now, but every time I buy a squash or pumpkin puree I end up making a pie. Fast forward to the present and what did I do with half a can of puree from the fridge?–bake some muffins! The name “muffin” was first printed…

Chocolate Pudding Pies

Hostess’ Chocolate Pudding Pies were one of my favorite childhood desserts–or more like snacks. I grew up as a 90s kid–during the times of slip dresses, plaid skirts, plucked eyebrows, lip-liners, and tendrils. Not mention windbreakers, spaghetti straps, hip-hugging flares, platforms, scrunchies and marble hair ties. (See more here) The fashion of the 90s is something…

1940’s Chocolate Cake

During the Second World War, British food supply was cut short by the Germans, who attacked many ships supplying food to Great Britain. Rationing was then introduced by the Ministry of Food to ensure everyone could still have access to the limited food supply; however, each person was given the same amount. Rationing was also…

Mini Pumpkin Pies from Scratch

This sweet custardy pie is most associated with America and Canada’s Thanksgivings, during the fall when pumpkins are ripe and ready to be harvested. However, placing pureed pumpkins or squashes and spices in a pastry shell is not a North American creation. Pumpkin pie–or pumpion pye–first appeared in England in the 17th century. Recipes with…

Soft Braided Pretzels

The history of pretzels is hard to trace, with stories going as far back as the early 600s, but with no written records. The first appearance of pretzels, however, can be found in the crest of a German bakers’ guilds in 1111. The knotted shape, most associated with pretzels, can even be found in a…

Garlic Cheese Buns

Bread-making dates back as far as 300 B.C, when the Ancient Egyptians discovered yeast. Many other groups of people also have their own variation of bread, which are still eaten to this day. These breads can be found steamed, cooked in a dutch oven, baked in a bread oven, and many other way. Today, breads…

Cake Pops

I love cake, and I especially love chocolate cake. Baking cakes from scratch is not my forte, but I do enjoy a box cake mix. And I especially enjoy turning the mix into cake pops. Cake pops sound like a recent creation, but they are actually 10 years old. They were invented by Angie Dudley, also known…

Easy Peasy Cookies

Cookies, along with their many names and variations, have a long history; however for for the U.S., the “cookie” is just as young as the country itself. The name and beginning of the cookie traveled with the Dutch to America in the early 18th century. The Dutch word “koekje” soon became “cookie”, and can be…