Saturday, 14 May 2016

Cookies, Cakes & Catch-Ups: Chocolate Gold and All Pink Everything!






Alright, stop.


Collaborate and listen.


New cakes and cookies on Feeding my ADDICTION!


Did that work? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Fun Fact...I don't know how to spell collaborate, apparently. Thanks spellcheck!


In terms of catching up -- following me on social media is probably easier than bogging you down with my life story in this post. BUT as per tradition, I like to show you what I have been up to every so often.


ALSO PLEASE MAKE MY NEW DONUT RECIPE! They are seriously too good to pass up. I promise.


Orders at www.theperfectbitebakeshoppe.com have been bumpin' lately! I need to hire someone to re-do both sites but.. WHO HAS THE TIME!


You can tell that I have been having a HUGE love affair with chocolate and gold.







And maybe peanut butter, too? Just an FYI my peanut butter cakes are also full of Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Reese's Cups ;)













I have also been obsessed with MINI cakes. Only 4 inches in diameter but still enough cake for 5-6 people. They're the cutest stinkin' little cute things EVER!








Oh. Let's look at... more chocolate and gold? OH, ALRIGHT!



Monday, 25 April 2016

Gluten Free Lemon Coconut Donuts



Hellooooo.


It's me.


I've been wondering when I'd have time to type up something..



If you didn't already know based on my lunatic-like ramblings on social media than earlier this year I decided to 'open' The Perfect Bite Bake Shoppe which has taken time away from my poor little blog. On top of working full time it's just been a weensy teensy tiny bit stressful.


And I am still weightlifting/crossfitting and most of the time my arms feel like they're going to fall off then I have to go pipe frosting on cakes and cookies. I feel a lot like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. 







Yes that seems about right. This week involved my first ticket, crying on the highway, dropping my phone in BCAAS. My work laptop breaking. Dropping an entire bottle of acetone in my room. Having a test for asthma which triggered an attack...OH and almost getting run over.


Honestly I am having a great time.









Rabbit hole... donut hole...


AH YES!


The reason I am here, today, typing to you. Would be donuts, obvously.


If you didn't know this and I have shocked you than I apologize my friend. I am sorry and I know you do-nut want me to do this ever again.








The kind folks at Mary Macleod's  sent me some goodies to try and I kept racking my brain trying to figure out how I was going to use them.






First of all, the tiny shortbread cookies are INSANELY DELICIOUS! It's the most perfect shortbread I have ever had. And they are so tiny -- so...how could you possibly feel bad about delicate tiny cookies with chocolate chunks in them? I often get questions about my pricing and get defensive because I put a lot of time and effort into what I make. You can taste when something is made with love, I swear! These cookies are some QUALITY cookies. And I'm not much of a dessert person lately (shocking, I know!) because I am around it all the time. But I wanted to eat all of these :(


I think they would look adorable on top of cupcakes -- but to be honest I don't think they will last long around here now that they've been opened. Sigh.


I used to butterscotch shortbread crumbs on the donuts -- and if you do the cream cheese variation of the glaze you're basically having a coconut lemon cheesecake donut. And ...it's bomb.









The crumbs are finely crushed but occasionally you get a little chunk and...well let's just say I live for those moments.


You can also use these as a base for a cheesecake or as a crumble topping OR YOU CAN EAT THEM WITH A SPOON BECAUSE OMG THEY ARE AMAZING. So buttery and sweet and...ugh. I just can't talk about it right now. I am too fragile. 







Now understandably because they aren't gluten free, if you have celiac or a severe intolerance you should buy gluten free cookies and use those instead! Crumbling them in the food processor is super easy and you can keep the remainders in an airtight container for cheesecake crusts or dessert toppings, too!





But if you AREN'T and are just a quasi gluten-consumer like me then....oh boy. These are unreal. I feel so thankful that I was allowed to try these and I will definitely keep my eyes open for more of their products because my family loved the cookies so much!


Alas. Enough with the jibber jabber and onto the recipe!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Healthy Chocolate Macaroons




I am fairly certain bunnies don't lay eggs.


Chickens do. So do snakes, and I think turtles and platypuses. So I guess the Easter bunny is a super niche-market thief and this somehow became associated with Easter as a religious holiday.

To be frank the foggy details of the Easter bunny have never bothered me because on this earth, for this very holiday, God created...mini eggs.


As a child all sorts of Easter chocolate was appealing (and I know, I didn't celebrate the holiday so shhhh). White chocolate rabbits with crunchy candy eyes? I'll have 3. Chocolate eggs of unknown brand wrapped in various shades of blue/pink/yellow/green foil? 1 yellow netted sack full, please. Marshmallow bunny rabbits? UH DUH. Marshmallow chickadees covered in SPRINKLES? Peeps, please. 



But the most wonderful. The most magical, the most AMAZING. Are Cadbury's Easter chocolates. This creates two camps of people, quite frankly. Or maybe 3 for the indecisive amongst us. Cadbury Mini Egg lovers versus Cadbury CREME Egg aficionados.








If you read the title of the post then you probably figured out that I belong to the correct team. Team Mini Egg.


While Cadbury Creme Eggs are equally as nostalgic the overly sweet fondant centre makes my teeth sting. That McDonald's chose to make their McFlurry for Easter a CREME EGG MCFLURRY and not the correct MINI EGG version was, to say the least, abhorrent and devastating behaviour. 








Anyways I eventually got over it because I remembered I can just go to Shopper's or Wal-Mart and buy a giant bag of them and twirl around my room in a magical romantic stupor popping the creamy sweet chocolate candy-coated-chocolates into my mouth.



This is is why I gotta workout people. Mini eggs. OH GOD THEY'RE SO WONDERFUL. WHY.









Well here is a trick. If you use the mini eggs in recipes like this one and share with your friends and family -- 40 cookies is not a single serving, trust me, I tried -- then you can't eat the whole bag! Look at that. So smahtttt. DJ Khaled would approve.








The cookies fresh are kind of crisp on the outside and cakey on the inside. They aren't a chewy macaroon so they are kind of a macaroon/cakey cookie hybrid.






And you don't have to use mini eggs. You can choose some other INFERIOR item such as other kinds of chocolate eggs. BUT COME ON FOLKS.







Easter as an adult is not as fun because we only get Good Friday off.  LIKE ITS CALLED EASTER MONDAY WHY DON'T WE GET THAT OFF TOO. Adulthood is seriously so disappointing sometimes I don't know how I manage.


Between that and the frustration of tax season I can honestly say these have been very trying times.



Like trying chocolate times, trying pizza times...trying McFlurry times. JUST A  LOT OF TRYING.







For myself and basic b's everywhere. I'm soooo over it. But I am not over these. These are...amazing.


Monday, 22 February 2016

Gluten Free Caramelized Pear and Havarti Pastry





Ahoy hoy!


As I sit here I should probably be packing for training that I have in Toronto tomorrow but... isn't oogling over photos of pastry like wayyyyy more important?!


You're right. It absolutely is. I knew I could count on you to be the voice of reason in this situation.







So the lovely folks at Arla Dofino have been kind enough to allow me to try some of their delicious Havarti cheese. Havarti just sounds fancy doesn't it? Like you're not just regular cheddar. No, sir. You are a legitimately delicious, melty, exquisite fancy cheese that deserves it's own label and beautiful cheese board.




GIVEAWAY ALERT



OMG YES JUST LIKE THAT ONE! 


What's that you say? YOU SMELL A GIVEAWAY AND ALSO DELICIOUS PASTRY!?!


My goodness you really are on fire, aren't you?


So yes. Giveaway details at the end of this post OKAY?!


Moving on to this:






The second I gave my family the green light that this food item had been photographed and was A-OK for public consumption it started to disappear verrrrry quickly.


Not only that but it made the house smell like a darling little rustic cottage house in Tuscany...


Ok. I don't know what that would smell like but THAT WOULD BE WHAT IT'S LIKE IN MY MIND!




Crisp pastry, creamy Havarti and perfectly caramelized pears -- but without all the sugar and unhealthy refined flour of your average pastry.


Yep.







I would never ever believe the person who told me there were health benefits to eating this:





Emotional benefits?


Heck, yes. But why have one when you can have both?!


I think this makes a great appetizer when its cut into charming little triangles. But let's face it -- you could quickly eat enough of this to count as a meal without even meaning to!






Let's check out the recipe!



Friday, 12 February 2016

Valentines Day Recipe Round-Up












OH BOY!





So in the name of honesty, which is usually the tone I write in on this bloggy, I have had 16 major meltdowns probably in just the past two weeks. Two days. Today. OKAY SINCE THIS MORNING.



Now I am sure I can chalk some of that up to hormones and physical stress (weightlifting why you make me cry pls) but a big part of that stress is having no 'ME' time. I look at friends with children and cannot imagine how that would feel. If someone tossed a baby my way right now I would be like..OK baby. It's time to find you a job. You need to be a productive baby because mama is crying about her slowly sloping and melting cake that needs to go out for an order in an hour.


BEFORE 'me' time was usually spent blogging, drafting up new recipes and taking beautiful high quality photos of cupcakes.


Now...It looks more like me trying to find 5 minutes to thread my own eyebrows Saturday morning but mostly it's spent applying concealer to try and convey to the world -- HECK YAH I CAN DO IT ALL - LOOKIT ME -- AWE YEA -- BRIGHT EYED SUMMER IS READY FOR U WORLD. Magically Friday nights turn to Monday mornings and my weightlifting gear is thrown all over the place and my laundry is on my computer chair and I can't remember which office I am supposed to drive to.


WHERE DO I WORK. GET OUT OF MY WAY. WHY ARE YOU DRIVING SO SLOW. WHY ARE YOU TAILGATING ME, I'M NOT DRIVING FAST ENOUGH?! JESUS MARY AND JOSEPH.



Anyways -- the moral of the story is I really wish I had more time to blog and take pretty pictures -- there will be a new recipe SOON as well as a contest that I will be publishing third week-ish of the month so please stay tuned for DAT.


In the mean time I thought I would round up my Valentines Day Recipes for you and your Bae. Or just if you're your one Bae. In my case BAE means Broke, Angry and Emotional. Can I get an amen, pls?








That makes me lolllll out loud. ;)




ONTO DA ROUND UP!












These are super easy to put together but look really impressive. You can also use my World's Healthiest Brownies as the base!






Let's check out the rest of these bad boys before my head explodes because now I am worried about my baby that I don't even have yet.