Monday, July 18, 2011

Mixed Berry Trifle

A co-worker and myself went to a BBQ on Saturday July 16th. It was at a co-worker's house. He has a very cute daughter that is about 16 months old. She enjoyed the Trifle as you can see.

Mixed Berry Trifle

1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
1 quart strawberries
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
milk or half and half for pudding mix
250 mil whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
pound cake or angel food cake (used pound cake)


Prepare fruit, remove stems and wash.
Place fruit in a medium sized bowl and sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over fruit.
Let stand to macerate the fruit.

In your mixer add instant pudding and mix to the directions on package.
We used half and half instead of milk when we made the pudding.
Put in medium sized bowl and set aside.

Pour whipping cream into another mixing bowl for your mixer.
Add 1/4 cup sugar and beat until soft peaks form.
Set this aside.

Cut up pound cake into little squares.

In a large glass bowl arrange pound cake on bottom.
Spoon fruit over pound cake with some of the juice.
Add pudding over fruit and gently spread around bowl.
Add whipped cream and gently spread around bowl.
Add another layer of pound cake.
Whipping cream
Top with sliced strawberries.
Keep in frig. for a least 4 hours before serving.

This Sandhill Crane was in a wheat field outside of Brantford.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Maple Syrup Tarts

At Faul Farms Natural Fed Beef I purchased steak and hamburg and Snyder Heritage Farms Maple syrup. The steak was really good, you do have to cook it to a pink stage due to the fact there is less fat in the meat. The hamburg meat was also very good. I will take photos when we have the rest of the meat. The syrup has a bit of a smoke flavor to it. We thought maple tarts might be good so I looked for a recipe and found this one on at Dinner with Julie. Well, what can anyone say.... MORE PLEASE.

Maple Syrup Tarts


2 eggs
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup
2 tbsp. softend butter
pinch salt
1 cup toasted chopped pecans (optional) (did not use in the maple tarts)
Sour Cherry Jam
Peach Jam

Slivered Almonds

Pie Dough Ingredients:

The Perfect Pie Dough

Follow the ingredient list and the directions to make the pie dough. Or the pie dough of your choice.


Preheat oven 400º.
On lightly floured surface roll pastry to 1/4" thick.
Cut circles about 4".
Press into un-greased muffin tins.
Set aside.
In medium sized bowl whisk filling ingredients together.
Fill the prepared tart shells 2/3 full.
Bake for about 20 minutes. I found about 22 minutes worked well.
Let them cool in the pan.
While still warm run a knife around the edges to loosen them.
If they are a little stuck return to oven for a minute to soften again to remove from pan.
Place on cooling rack.
Makes about 24 tarts.

We also made sour cherry and peach with almond tarts. Added Sour Cherry Jam and Peach Jam and topped with slivered almonds. Baked the same as the maple tarts.

Wood Duck on a pond near Cambridge

Monday, July 4, 2011

Peanut Butter and Cornflake Squares

I changed these bars up a bit, added honey nut cheerios. Also added the ganache from the Chocolate Chip Cookies with Ganache Stuffing on top. Loved the additions would make them again for sure.

I have decided to start adding a Photo A Week with my recipe. Hope you all enjoy them.

Peanut Butter and Cornflake Squares


1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
3 cup corn flakes
2 cups honey nut cheerios


4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
5 tbsp. heavy cream
2 1/2 tbsp. light corn syrup
2 tbsp. crème fraîche or sour cream


Combine sugar and syrup in saucepan.
Heat mixture on stove until mixture slightly boils up once.
Remove from stove and add peanut butter, cornflakes, honey nut cheerios.
Mix well, working quickly.
Put into a 9x12-inch pan and press down.
Cut into squares before completely cooled.

Ganache Directions:

Put chocolate in medium bowl.
In a small sauce pan bring cream and corn syrup to a boil; pour over chocolate and let stand for 1 minute.
Whisk until smooth.
Whisk in crème fraîche or sour cream.
Refrigerate for about 1 hour and stir occasionally until thick and spreadable.

Baby Mute Swan

Swan baby on Hamilton Harbour


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