Strawberry Ice Cream — Dairy Free (Coconut Milk)

I finally got around to making some homemade ice cream for the summer and this new strawberry ice cream I came up with does not disappoint! It is creamy and absolutely delicious. The flavor is not like your typical strawberry ice cream. I definitely believe the custard base I use is what brings this ice cream to the next level. My husband's eyes popped right out of his head after he tasted it. This homemade ice cream is more than worth the effort. I made this ice cream with a custard base that has to be cooked because it has…

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Homemade Strawberry Jam–No Pectin Needed

My husband and I went berry picking last weekend to get the last of the strawberries before they went out of season. They were so red and ripe, I couldn't wait to get home and make some fresh jam with them. This was only my second time making jam and the result was quite successful! I made two batches with differing amounts of sugar and they came out a tad different, both equally good though. If you go on the internet and search jam recipes, the variation in the amounts of sugar that is  put into different recipes amazes me.…

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Almond Butter Cookies — Gluten & Dairy Free

These almond butter cookies are the product of my recent liking to almond butter! I am a huge peanut butter fan, so I never thought to try alternate nut butters, but I am super happy I did because almond butter is healthier than peanut butter and it's pretty darn yummy!  So I decided on developing a almond butter cookie recipe that was allergy free. These super yummy almond butter cookies are chewy and delicious with added chocolate chips and pecans.  I love baking, it's one of my favorite things, but I have never tried to make my own recipes. I…

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Classic British Treacle Tart (Vegan Option!)

My next bake is so British I couldn’t even get all my ingredients at the super market, I had to order one ingredient online! You might recall this dessert mentioned in Harry Potter... Treacle Tart! I had no idea what to expect from this, let alone the taste.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LWsb2TS_cI Treacle Tart is actually a super easy, yummy recipe that I will turn to if I need to make a dessert on the fly. I even keep Golden Syrup stocked in my cabinet now just for it. The taste is lemony and sweet, and the consistency is mushy and delicious. I…

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Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two

If you couldn't tell by now I love chocolate. So when I came across Smitten Kitchen's Chocolate Lava Cake recipe meant for two, I jumped on it. These lava cakes have an intense chocolate flavor and a lovely gooey center. This recipe is my stand-by for a yummy, elegant looking dessert that's quick to whip up. It's so easy, my husband even helps me make it sometimes (he loves eating a lot more than cooking).  Lava Cakes: Make the Batter The batter is only six ingredients! And the best part is you should already have everything in your pantry. It's…

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Banana Nut Muffins — Gluten & Dairy Free

My mom has a lot of food allergies to deal with, she can't have wheat, soy, or dairy, so when I found these banana nut muffins, I thought I would try the recipe. It did not disappoint! These muffins are super moist and chock-full of nuts and chocolate chips for plenty of flavor and crunchy goodness. Besides the fact that they are free of everything my mom is allergic to, they are also refined sugar free! So they are pretty darn healthy if you ask me. The recipe is from a lovely blog I have started following called The Toasted…

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Apple Pear Tarte Tatin (Vegan!)

If you keep up to date on my posts, you know I like to bake things that are on the Great British Baking Show. I never heard of tarte tatin until I watched it on the show. I am so glad I discovered it thought and decided to bake an apple pear tarte tatin because it is delicious! This is also the first time I’ve made rough puff pastry and caramel sauce from scratch. This tart is three elements: the puff pastry, caramel, and fruit. The traditional tarte tatin is made with apples and according to Wikipedia was named after the…

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Homemade Bagels

I thought bagels would be a lot harder to make, but it turns out they really aren't all that difficult. I feel like most people have this preconceived notion that bagels are hard to make for some reason, so no one every tries to make them at home. It’s also really convenient to just go buy a dozen down the road instead of slaving away in the kitchen, but homemade is always better! I did have some pitfalls, but they still ended up pretty tasty! I had to make savory and sweet bagels for the showstopper challenge so first is…

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Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic recipe that everyone should have on hand. I found this recipe on Pinch of Yum blog and I've never gone back. It's that good. I'm more of soft cookie person, rather than crunchy and these are super soft chocolate chip cookies. That feeling when you bite into a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven when the chips inside are still melty...heaven. Chocolate chip cookies are also one of the easiest recipes to make at home from scratch. I know everyone needs a quick fix once in a while, but why go out…

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Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Buns

My brother and I have always had a weakness for cinnamon buns, especially the ooey gooey kind. My mom would buy the Pillsbury cinnamon buns in a can on weekends or special occasions and we would have them for breakfast. We would fight over who would get the last one, they were so good!  As we grew up, my mom realized my brother and I had food allergies so we had to find dairy free alternatives for everything we loved. We ate a ton of Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Buns after that which are dairy and soy free. It's a great…

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