Fluffy Apple Walnut Muffins

A seriously fluffy muffin filled with apple, toasted walnuts and a good dash of cinnamon.  I’m a bit of a muffin hoarder. (“A what?”) A muffin hoarder. You know, someone who stashes a serious supply of muffins in their freezer so they can pull one out whenever they are craving a muffin (which is oftenRead more

Baking Powder vs Baking Soda

Baking powder vs baking soda

All the baking secrets you need to know about these two chemical leaveners… “What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda?” I am often asked this question and for good reason too. They both look the same and seem to do the same thing right? Well, not quite. This is where baking getsRead more

Almond Cupcakes with Royal Icing

After having just finished an incredible road trip around the UK where I was treated to a variety of British sweet food, I couldn’t resist bringing a taste or two back with me to Brno. Today’s recipe is inspired by the little town of Bakewell and their famous Bakewell tarts. Kevin and I enjoyed eatingRead more

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

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