Canada Day Desserts

Happy early Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians out there! To celebrate the occasion, I have put together a round-up of some amazing Canada Day desserts and other sweet recipes from some unreal Canadian bloggers. This country has some great talent and there are simply too many to choose from, so this is just a taste of what Canada’s food scene has to offer! Enjoy and I hope you have a fabulous day spending time with those you love most.

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The Dunbar, courtesy of Isabelle over at Crumb. It’s based on a recipe from a bakery in Vancouver.

– This Canadian take on Baklava from Dan of Dan’s Good Side, chalked full of apples and cranberries.

– Nothing says summer in Canada like stone fruit and berries. Julie from Dinner with Julie definitely know what’s up.

– We love our camping up here in the Great White North and that means one thing – s’mores. Wanda from Bakers Beans has you covered!

Blueberry pie is pretty traditional but not when you add spruce tips like Bernice from Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen did. Too pretty!

– These strawberry cloud bars from Regina at Leelalicious are red and white, just like our flag. Sounds about right for Canada day!

– When you are hiking in the mountains you need some trail mix – or trail mix cookie balls like these ones from Stephanie over at Global Dish.

– Anna Olson is as quintessentially Canadian as it gets. Check out her chocolate chip cookies on Stephanie’s blog (a different Stephanie), Clockwork Lemon.

– Ok it’s technically not dessert but it’s still sweet. The honey brew beer cocktail over at Eat North that is.

– If you have any rhubarb left it must go into making this tart from Melissa at Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach. It must.

– Does the top of this soufflé from Medha of Farm on Plate not look like our flag too? Except in chocolate form which is even better!

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– We may not grow tropical fruits in Canada but we do have some wicked blueberries. Mixing them into cheesecake ice cream is genius! Thanks to Nancy from Gotta Get Baked for this.

– Amy of Simple Bites makes a wicked looking fresh strawberry pie. Heck yeah.

– This country makes some gooood ice wine. Why not try it in a gelée like this one courtesy of Tara from Seven Spoons?

– Cool off with this frozen berry tart from Emily, the blogger at This Rawsome Vegan Life.

– What dainty little muffins from Jo-Anna at A Pretty Like in the Suburbs. Pretty indeed!

– Start off the day with these strawberry crepes from Janice at Kitchen Heals Soul.

– Maple syrup and blueberries. Check and check. This cake from Dessert by Candy looks awesome and super simple too!

– If there is anyone who deserves recognition on Canada Day it is Valerie from A Canadian Foodie. She has started up such projects as the Canadian Food Experience Project and basically dedicates her site to all things Canadian. It seems fitting to end things with Valerie’s grandmother’s angel food cake. Traditions are what make this country what it is and there are nothing better than food traditions. Happy Canada Day to all!

Friday Link Love – Holiday Baking Edition

I’m behind, I have barely started my 2013 Christmas baking. I know, I know, I better get on it. I have finished my Christmas shopping though so I guess it balances out. That being said, the fact that I haven’t really baked anything gives me more time to scour the interweb for delicious recipe inspiration. Here’s a sample of what I have came across thus far!

Vegan Fruit and Nut Ginger Cookies

Cookies

Linzer Cookies from A Canadian Foodie
Turtle Cookies from A Pretty Like in the Suburbs
Sparkling Toffee Cookies from Jelly Toast
Chocolate Drop Cookies from Kitchen Heals Soul
Christmas Card Cookies from The Simple, Sweet Life
Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from Kitchen Treaty
Masala Chai Snickerdoodles from Oh Ladycakes
Chocolate Toffee Pecan Cookies from Clockwork Lemon
Gluten Free Lace Cookies from Wheat Free Mom
Merry Cherry Icebox Cookies from Bakersbeans

Bars/Squares

Holiday Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Kitchen Magpie
Salted Caramel Swirl Brownies from What’s Gaby Cooking
Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Oat Cereal Bars from Bake or Break
Nanaimo Bars from Warm Vanilla Sugar
Toffee Triangles from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
Dolce de Leche Bars from Buttered Up
Cookie Butter Oatmeal Bars from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Cranberry Almond Brown Butter Cereal Bars from Lovely Little Kitchen
Cranberry Cheesecake Brownies from Eat Good 4 Life
Raspberry Almond Streusel Bars from TasteFood

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers

Other

Gingerbread marshmallows from Joy the Baker
Creamy Crockpot Cocoa from Barefeet in the Kitchen
Chocolate Caramel Tart with Sea Salt from Eats Well with Others
Spiced Nuts from Dinner with Julie
Raspberry Nanaimo Pops from SugarHero!
Buckeye Bark from Chocolate Chocolate and More
Kransekake from Kumquat
Gingerbread Train from Sweet Explorations
Seven Layer Chocolate Truffles from the Kitchn
The Best Almond Brittle from Say Yes to Hoboken

Friday Link Love

For a week that was only composed of 2 school days for me, it sure took a long time to get to Friday! 
Monday and Tuesday were Reading Days due to the fact that it was Remembrance Day. A lot of time was spent reading (maybe more blog reading than academic reading though). Then I had a midterm Wednesday night and have another one coming up this afternoon. So I should probably read some notes within the next couple of hours.
It was funny, I was sitting in my social psychology class the other day and she started talking about the Halloween study. I found that kind of ironic considering I had already researched it on my own time. What a keener. 
Anyways, with a lot of blog reading comes a lot of great recipe finds. Here are some of my favourites from the week!
Gingerbread and lime, rather than gingerbread and orange? Yes please!
– This is just brilliance putting coconut panna cotta in pumpkin soup so that it melts into the hot liquid. If you follow me on Facebook you know how much I have been gushing about Medha’s photography and style. She’s my new fave! 
– I would totally omit the sausage from this and make it vegetarian. 
– Homemade vanilla is everywhere lately! Chocolate, chocolate and more made it and I just saw vanilla extract and vanilla salt on Joy the Baker. Trend of the season perhaps? 
– I am all over this naan pizza thing!
– Ok, how cool are these waffles?
– I love the combination of cherries and chocolate.
– What a way to use cauliflower!
– Regardless of the fact that it is getting colder and colder, I want gelato. Always. 
– I am crazy for cookies lately. No idea why but they are basically the only thing I want to bake. Especially when they contain my favourite ingredient (which may or may not be chocolate, I will let you decide).
– These nachos win for most creative recipe of the week. 
– But speaking of brie and cranberries, I can’t forget this bread. I think I am going to bake some sort of pull-apart bread this weekend!
Happy weekend everyone! 

Friday Link Love

What I’ve been baking and eating this past week!
Maureen’s humour is priceless. I don’t know if she is a food blogger or a comedian in disguise.
A blog after my own heart. Basically it sums up my diet in three words.
– The only thing better than a chocolate cookie, are multiple chocolate cookies.
More chocolate, why not?
– I’m not sure I would actually drink this but the idea is what counts. So creative! I might try it with Swedish Berries instead!
– I have a pomegranate sitting in my fridge. Perhaps this will be it’s fate.
– More likely though, I will make a version of these pomegranate brownies.
– These turtle bars do look magic. And so simple to make too!
– Have cookies on the brain but don’t want to bake them? Cookie dough bites it is.
– I eat white mushrooms raw so I guess I am set.
– This week I started contributing to MumRx. Doesn’t this cocktail look good?
– My weekend baking project. Well in theory, who knows if I will have time for it. It is appropriate considering Halloween is coming up though.
Have a great weekend everyone! xoxo

 

Friday Link Love – Thanksgiving Edition!

As it is Canadian Thanksgiving this Monday, today I wanted to share some amazing Thanksgiving inspired recipes to try out this weekend. And they are all courtesy of my fellow Canadian bloggers out there. If there is one thing I am thankful for, it is definitely all of the support I have received from readers and others in the food blogging community. Because I Like Chocolate wouldn’t be what it is without all of the love from people like you! So thank you for motivating me to put my best foot, or perhaps my “best bite” forward, each and every day. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding
Pumpkin Sticky Toffee Pudding

Wondering what to put on your Thanksgiving table? Here’s a list of amazing recipes from sides to desserts!

– Why not put these out as a little snacky snack, courtesy of Bite by Michelle?

Glazed carrots sound like a side dish to me, thanks to Jo-Anna at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs!

– Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without some homemade bread. Or homemade pesto bread from Clockwork Lemon. Or the cutest rolls I have ever seen in my life at Dessert by Candy!

Mac n Cheese, always another valid side, courtesy of The Fig Tree Blog.

– Ok, ok, even as a vegetarian, I probably should not neglect to give you a turkey recipe from Simple Bites. Is it hypocritical that as the resident cook in my family I still end up roasting the turkey, even though I don’t eat it? Probably but are we really going to argue about that at Thanksgiving?

– Naturally you need a soup recipe for the turkey leftovers. The recipe comes from Valerie at A Canadian Foodie.

– I don’t eat the turkey but there’s no reason why you can’t eat cranberry sauce from Nutmeg Disrupted all by itself. Step things up a notch and make cranberry pepper jelly instead! Great idea from Janice at Kitchen Heals Soul!

Pickled beets are a must-have. Clearly Karlynn at the Kitchen Magpie knows that!

Pumpkin Butter you say? I’m intrigued, Oh She Glows.

– An alternative dessert to pumpkin pie, chocolate pumpkin cake. What immaculately piped icing Grace’s Sweet Life!

– I can’t think of anything more Canadian than MAPLE caramel sauce, thanks for sharing Let Them Eat Cake. Note to self; why haven’t I done this before?

– You could make this cranberry bread pudding for dessert, but I mean, what’s wrong with eating it for breakfast? It’s got fruit and bread; that’s basically like toast with jam. Thanks Peaches and Cream!

– Last one. I have to stop because this could go on forever! Here’s one more dessert, pumpkin bundt cake from Melissa at Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach, complete with orange glaze.

Looks like it’s time to get cooking!

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I just had to share this picture of the sunrises lately. They have been absolutely unreal!