Cherry Almond Yoghurt Bundt Cake

Cherry Yoghurt Bundt Almond Crumble Cake - Candy Coated Culinista

Cherry Yoghurt Bundt Almond Crumble Cake – Candy Coated Culinista

I just love a quick and tasty last minute recipe in a quirky Bundt pan.

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Cake
• 1 cup all purpose flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ¼ tsp sea salt
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• 1 egg
• 1/3 tsp vanilla paste
• Cherry Greek yoghurt (3 oz)
Almond Crumble
• ¼ cup sliced almonds
• ¾ tsp granulated sugar
• 1/3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Glaze
• 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
• ¼ tsp vanilla paste
• ¾ tbsp milk

Assembly
Cake
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. Grease a Bundt pan.
3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
4. Using an electric mixer on medium speed with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add egg and vanilla paste.
6. Toss cherries in the flour mixture and set aside.
7. Slowly add in the flour mixture along with the yoghurt and mix until just blended.
8. Stir cherries into the batter slowly.
Almond Crumble
1. Using a small bowl, stir together the sliced almonds, sugar and butter.
2. Pour and spread into the bottom of the Bundt pan.
3. Pour batter into pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
4. Let cool for 15-20 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Glaze
1. Mix the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla paste and milk together until smooth.
2. Drizzle over top of the cooled cake.
3. Cut into slices and serve.


Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I can now add another recipe to my last minute recipe list. It looks like it took more time than it really did, which is great. Friends and family will think you went that extra mile when in actuality it took you no time at all.

Avocado Buns ….. What in the world!

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Avocado Bun – Candy Coated Culinista

Has the mighty avocado just jumped the shark? I saw the weirdest thing the other day which is all the buzz and the latest fad. Avocados are now being used as a substitute for a bun; hmmm, now I love avocado and can have one every day but as a bun? This is a great gluten free option; but lets get real here it is not a burger bun. It looks visually striking and interesting but this can only be just a fad right? I did a few food experiments to see if this is a viable option.
Here are some of my test recipes.

Smoked Salmon on a Sesame seeds Avocado Bun

Ingredients
• Avocado, cut in half and skinned peeled away also slice a piece off the bottom bun so it won’t tip
• Tomato slice
• Spinach
• Smoked salmon
• Red onion, sliced
• Sesame seeds, sprinkled on top of avocado
• Olives, top of the avocado bun
• Sweet pickles, top of the avocado bun

Assembly
1. Top ingredients on to avocado and serve.

Bacon & Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients
• Avocado, cut in half and skinned peeled away also slice a piece off the bottom bun so it won’t tip
• Sharp cheddar cheese, sliced
• Green bell pepper, sliced
• Bacon
• Fried, slightly runny
• Poppy seeds, sprinkled on top of avocado

Assembly
1. Top ingredients on to avocado and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Both these were delicious; but to me nothing beats eating an avocado with a little salt and lemon cut in half and using the shell as a bowl. Sometimes simplicity is the best and honestly you can’t eat this like a true burger with an avocado bun; unless you’re used to eating your burgers with a knife and fork regularly. I may secretly enjoy this at home deconstructed or when I just don’t want a bun; but to truly use the avocado like a bun is near impossible. It’s still delicious but very impractical as a bun and calling this a bun is an enormous stretch to say the least.

Avocado Bun  - Candy Coated Culinista

Avocado Bun – Candy Coated Culinista

Cranberry Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins

Cranberry Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins - Candy Coated Culinista

Cranberry Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins – Candy Coated Culinista

I’m always the person friends and family ask “do you have this” to which I reply yes give me a second. I was never a Girl Guide but I’m always prepared for any eventuality. This includes a day trip out of town I brought healthy snacks and well of course I brought too many and my bananas started to look a little too ripe for me by the end of our day. With over ripe bananas on hand I had no choice but to bake something and a new recipe at that.

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 to 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1/3 cup of margarine, melted
• 1 egg
• 250g yoghurt
• ½ tsp vanilla extract
• 3 ripe bananas, mashed
• 2 carrots, peeled and shredded
• 1/3 cup frozen cranberries, roughly chopped
• 1 cup self-rising flour
• ¼ cups golden brown sugar
• Extra sugar to sprinkle

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place muffin cups in muffin trays and set aside.
3. Over low heat melt butter.
4. In a small bowl whisk together butter, eggs, yoghurt and vanilla extract.
5. In a medium sized bowl mash the bananas and add the shredded carrots and cranberries and set aside.
6. Using a large bowl whisk flour, sugar and add the bananas, carrots and cranberries.
7. Make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients and gently stir; but don’t overmix.
8. Spoon batter into muffin cups two-thirds full and sprinkle with extra sugar.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was a delicious combination, I just found it too sweet for my liking and I have reduced the sugar amount in my recipe above. I combined two types of muffins I enjoy into one and it turned out well. The burst of cranberries with each bite was a great surprise splash of tart.

Pan Roasted Lemon & Thyme Chicken Breast

Pan Roasted Lemon & Thyme Chicken Breast - Candy Coated Culinista

Pan Roasted Lemon & Thyme Chicken Breast – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: approx 14 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• Sea salt
• Black Pepepr
• 4 chicken breast
• 5 cloves garlic
• 4 sticks, bunched thyme
• 1 ½ lemon juice, freshly squeezed from lemon
• 1 tbsp fresh thyme leave
• 4 lemon slices, for garnish

Assembly
1. Using a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat pour in the olive oil.
2. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
3. Once the oil is heated up place in the chicken breasts into the skillet and add in the garlic and thyme sticks.
4. Squeeze the lemon juice over chicken and cook for 7 to 10 minutes.
5. Turn the chicken over and continue to cook for 7 to 10 more minutes on the other side.
6. Sprinkle thyme leaves over the cooked chicken and add lemon slices for garnish.

Tips
• Don’t add in the garlic to early or it will burn.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The aroma coming from this dish was divine. I have never had lemon & thyme chicken before and this will be a new addition to my repertoire.

Crispy Tilapia with Lemon-Herb Mayo and Oven Fries

Crispy Tilapia with Lemon-Herb Mayo and Oven Fries - Candy Coated Culinista

Crispy Tilapia with Lemon-Herb Mayo and Oven Fries – Candy Coated Culinista

I have been wanting to try the Fish & Chips from Len Duckworth’s Fish & Chips; as this has been recommended to be numerous times is a Toronto Foodie institution if you will. I’ve had a bad experience with fish & chips from Pickle Barrel and ever since I just haven’t had the desire to have anythimg resembling deep-fried fish. I found it to be extremely greasy and the batter didn’t stick to the fish so I just never wanted to try it again. Then I found saw this recipe and with fresh fish in hand I thought I’d give it another go and make sure I visit Duckworth in the near future.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

From Canadian Living

Ingredients
Oven Fries
• 2 small yellow potatoes, cut into wedges with skin on
• 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
• Pinch of sea salt
• Pinch of ground black pepper
Crispy Tilapia
• 2 tbsp cornmeal
• ¾ tsp chili powder
• ¾ tsp dried parsley
• 2 tilapia fillets
• 1/8 tsp kosher salt
• 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Lemon-Herb Mayo
• 2 ¾ tsp mayonnaise
• 1 ½ tsp chopped fresh parsley
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• ½ garlic clove, finely grated

Assembly
Oven fries
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Toss potatoes, salt & pepper in a small bowl with extra virgin olive oil.
3. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, turning once and bake for 25 minutes until golden and tender.
Crispy Tilapia
1. In a plate mix the cornmeal, chili powder and parsley.
2. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto fish and dredge in the cornmeal mixture.
3. Using a frying pan, heat half the oil over medium heat.
4. Cook tilapia turning once until fish is cooked, about 8 minutes.

Lemon-Herb Mayo
1. In a small prep bowl mix the mayo, parsley, lemon juice and garlic.
2. Serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is a light and slightly healthier fried fish option and the fish didn’t taste fishy and was still flakey. The lemon-herb mayo was such a great addition and this will be my new tartar sauce.

Portuguese Custard Tart Diaries: Nova Era Bakery

Nova Era Bakery - Candy Coated Culinista

Nova Era Bakery – Candy Coated Culinista

Location: 770 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 3R1 – (416) 516-1622; Hours: Everyday – 6am – 11:00pm

Walking through Little Portugal & Little Italy of course I’m going to run into many bakeries serving Portuguese Custard Tarts. This however is the exact tart that introduced me and made me love this Portuguese treat. I had my first Portuguese Custard Tart back in 2005… how do I remember this you ask well it was the first year I started working for a new company and the bake sale had tarts from here. I remember the sweet, chewiness off the tart shell and the creaminess of the custard like it was yesterday. From the moment my mouth touched there tarts I was hooked. These Portuguese Custard Tarts taste exactly as they did back in 2005 and I enjoyed them so so much. I also enjoyed an orange tart which was a sweet citrusy treat with coarse sugar bruleed on top.

K is for … Kale & Mango Smoothie

Kale Mango Smoothie - Cady Coated Culinista

Kale Mango Smoothie – Cady Coated Culinista

This is my first green smoothie! I was a little apprehensive in regards to how this would taste, as all my smoothies are fruit based and I haven’t introduced vegetables into them as of yet in such a main role.

Yield/Serving: 1
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: less than a minute
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 packed cup, kale leaves, chopped
• ½ cup fresh pineapple, chopped
• 1 fresh mango, chopped
• ½ cup vanilla flavoured almond milk
• 8 ice cubes

Assembly
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was surprisingly delicious. I’m not going to lie I can taste the kale. It’s hard to get all the kale to be blended up smoothly without little kale pieces or flecks being left behind when I am drinking it; but overall pretty good. I could taste the kale and the sweet and tart notes of the pineapple. The addition of almond milk to this smoothie was a great idea.

Apple Rose Tarts & Rose Bud Tarts

Apple Rose Tarts - Candy Coated Culinista

Apple Rose Tarts – Candy Coated Culinista

I have been eyeing this recipe for about a year now and have wanted to make apple rose tarts so badly. I just didn’t trust my skill level; as I found this to be one of those what I like to call more “cheffy” desserts; which requires a certain amount of skill and finesse that this home cook probably doesn’t have yet. Well when my male co-worker came to work after promising to make these with 24 apple rose tarts in hand believe me it was on. I thought if he can do it I can surely, not because he was a male but because he isn’t a baker by any means. So if that’s the case then what am I afraid of and that weekend I spent a couple of hours squashing my fear.

Yield/Serving: 14-18
Prep Time:
1 hour
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Difficulty level is: Medium, time consuming

Ingredients
• 450g box of butter puff pastry , contains 2 rolls/packages
• 6 royal gala apples, thinly sliced
• Lemon juice
• 1 cup raspberry jam
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp cardamon
• Raspberries, for centre of tart
• Confectioners’ sugar, to decorate

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 360°F.
2. Spray muffin tray with cooking spray.
3. Prepare butter puff pastry as instructed on the box.
4. Work on a marble surface if possible like a pastry board, or otherwise flour your surface.
5. Roll out the puff pastry until thinned and slices sheet into 6 stripes of pastries.
6. In a small bowl mix raspberry jam and cinnamon until combined.
7. Cut apples in half and core.
8. Using a mandoline thinly slice apples and place in a bowl with lemon juice and toss. (so apples don’t brown)
9. Using a microwave safe bowl cook apples for 40 seconds until apple are pliable.
10. Brush entire puff pastry with raspberry jam.
11. Make a dome shape with the apples on the top edge of the puff pastry; letting the apple peak overtop.
12. Overlap the apples until you reach the end of the puff pastry.
13. Turn up the bottom half of the puff pastry to seal the apples in.
14. Roll the pastry tight and place in the muffin tray.
15. Place raspberry in the centre.
16. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until puff pastry is a golden brown.

Tips
• Use one full stripe for a full sized tart and cut pastry strip in half for a mini sized tart.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I have no idea what I was afraid of as these turned out so well and I even did a little recipe variations as I never like to copy a recipe exactly. The dough was flaky with the sweet and tart quality to the apple and raspberry. These went very fast for father’s day and the compliments came in just as fast. This took a lot of time and lots of love was put into this recipe for sure; but it was worth it in the end. People couldn’t believe I made this and frankly I couldn’t either.

Apple Rose Tarts - Candy Coated Culinista

Apple Rose Tarts – Candy Coated Culinista

Apple Rose Tarts - Candy Coated Culinista

Apple Rose Tarts – Candy Coated Culinista

J is for … Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits

Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits - Candy Coated Culinista

Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits – Candy Coated Culinista

Now that I can make shortcakes, biscuits were the next logical step and I will be enjoying and making this fluffy, buttery, crumbly much more. These are such an easy quick accompaniment for dinner.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 15 – 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 cup all purpose flour
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp parsley
• 1 tsp oregano
• 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed
• ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
• ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
• 2 jalapeno thinly sliced and seeded
• ¾ cup 2% milk

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Using a large sized bowl mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt together with a whisk.
4. Using your hands add butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
5. Add cheese and jalapenos.
6. Slowly add milk incorporating until dough is formed.
7. Cut dough and form into a circle and place on parchment paper.
8. Bake for 15-20 min or until golden brown or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.

Tips
• Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray to have muffin shaped biscuits.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
After making the strawberry shortcake I knew I had the basis for a biscuits recipe and I ran with it and it turned out so well. My mixture rose and everything which was an issue for me the last time I made these over a year ago. I made these once and immediately had excellent reviews and these were mentioned for a whole week; so I made these again but this time using a muffin pan to test out shapes. This was a hit and I even halved my second batch so this time I could enjoy the biscuits without the jalapenos.

Cheddar Biscuits - Candy Coated Culinista

Cheddar Biscuits – Candy Coated Culinista

Raspberry Jam & Peach Yoghurt Weeknight Bundt

Raspberry Jam & Peach Yoghurt Weeknight Bundt - Candy Coated Culinista

Raspberry Jam & Peach Yoghurt Weeknight Bundt – Candy Coated Culinista

You’ve just got home from work and you have guests coming over in an hour and a half; what can I prepare that is fast and tasty and fool proof under this time crunch and on the fly with whatever is in the pantry? Well this raspberry jam and peach yoghurt cake fit the bill. I was a little worried as I didn’t have a solidified recipe; but I let my instincts kick in and carried on.

Yield/Serving: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 – 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 cup self-rising flour
• 2 tbsp granulated sugar
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1/3 cup butter, cold and diced
• 1 egg
• 1/3 cup peach yoghurt
• 1/2 cup milk
• ½ cup raspberry jam
Glaze
• ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tbsp water

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 320°F and spray pan with non-stick spray.
2. Sieve flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
3. Using your hands mix the cold butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until the mixture has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
4. In separate bowl whisk together yoghurt, milk, egg and then pour the mixture into the flour and combine using fork until it becomes a dough.
5. Add two-thirds of the marmalade into the dough and incorporate; but don’t overwork.
6. Pour dough into a bundt pan and bake for one hour, or until golden brown on top.
7. In a medium size bowl whisk together the confectioners’ sugar add water and drizzle over top of cake.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Reviews were “this is a surprisingly moist cake” and I couldn’t agree more. I was a little worried with the hour cook time I would have no time to redo or make a new dessert before my guests arrived; but I pulled it off and sent the leftovers home with them.

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