Snickerdoodles

The first time I told Keith I was making Snickerdoodles, he thought that I’d just made up a word. Somehow, both of us had made it 30+ years without eating (or even hearing of!) snickerdoodles. Then I had one, and ohhhh boy was I hooked. There was something about the strange, subtle bite that the…

The Litibaker’s Chocolate & Pumpkin Cheesecake (Bites)

(I may have been trying slightly too hard with the picture, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere!) A couple of facts about these… Fact 1: Everything is better when associated with shortbread. Fact 2: “(Bites)” is in (  ) because this works just as well as an actual cheesecake, and as cheesecake squares/bites. I…

The Great Canadian Baking Show

I am a contestant on Season 1 of the Great Canadian Baking Show! Welp, the cake is out of the bag! That’s how the saying goes, right? As an enormous fan of the The Great British Bake Off, I am SO FREAKING EXCITED to FIIIIINALLY be able to tell you that I’m a contestant on…

Sourdough additions, two ways

A good, artisan bread, with its thick crust and its chewy and strong crumb, is like a blank canvas ready to take on whatever flavours you throw at it. This week I threw two very different flavours at my basic sourdough. Both turned out great. These breads start with my basic pain au levain (from…

And now for something completely different

As you may have noticed, I bake a bit of bread. Bread works particularly well for me because the timing is fairly forgiving. No matter if I’m in Court all week, with meetings in the evening and more work afterwards, bread is forgiving. A good wild yeast artisan dough will last in the fridge anywhere…

Roasted Garlic, Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia

The lightness of fresh-out-of-the-oven french bread combined with the herbaceous crispy crackliness of hand-tossed and well-oiled pizza crust. What could be better? This part-time baker can’t think of anything. That’s why we’ve got focaccia. This panned focaccia is filled with roasted garlic (4 whole bulbs!), which was added to the dough after a brief autolyse,…

A Yom Kippur Challah

Anyone who has had a good Challah knows that you don’t need an excuse for a pillow-y soft, eggy slice of the cake-like bread. But if there’s one thing us Jews knows, it’s food, and how to create holidays based around food (or the absence thereof). Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish New Year…