Addictive Ginger Cookies

Ginger cookies dipped in white chocolate, with crunchy edges and a soft and chewy middle. I think I did it again. I made another irresistible soft and chewy cookie. The kind that have a slight crunchiness on the outer edge then gradually become more and more chewy, fudgy and soft as you bite your wayRead more

Czech Christmas Bread (Vánočka)

Many countries have their own version of a traditional Christmas cake or bread. Germany has Stollen, Italy has panettone, England/New Zealand/Australia has a dried fruit Christmas cake, and the Czech Republic? They have vánočka. What is Vánočka? Vánočka (vah-NAWTCH-kah) is a sweet, braided bread eaten at Christmas time (vanoce) in Czech Republic and Slovakia andRead more

Best Ever Rocky Road

We made this Best Ever Rocky Road in baking class last week (along with mocha meringues and coconut and vanilla macaroons). We packaged them up, ready to give away to friends and family for Christmas gifts (or to eat later ourselves…). My baking students loved this recipe and you are going to love it too.Read more

How to Make a Wedding Cake

Two of the sweetest people I know got married last weekend and I had the daunting job privilege of making their wedding cake. They wanted a winter-themed cake complete with two cute pine cone toppers – one with a top hat and one with a veil and thus chose a naked rustic wedding cake: Chocolate-CoconutRead more

Brno Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

Whether it’s sipping mulled wine to keep the body and soul warm, strolling past the stalls to find trinkets, or being among merry shoppers and passerby’s, Christmas markets are one of my favourite things about a winter Christmas in Europe. The Christmas markets that Kevin and I have visited around Europe have all had similarRead more

Gingerbread Granola

Gingerbread Ganola

The Christmas markets have officially started here in Brno, the city’s Christmas Tree has it’s lights and all the shops are decorated to the brim with Christmas decorations – I think it’s officially the Christmas season. Where has this year gone!? Christmas season to me has always been a mixture of summer and winter celebrations/decorations/food.Read more