Desserts & Treats
PEI Spiced Tartlets

PEI Spiced Tartlets

Seven years ago, my sister Ajit and I travelled to PEI for a friend’s destination wedding. Really though, our whole focus was to honour our unrequited love for everything Anne of Green Gables. We are life-long fanatics for Canada’s darling fable and movies.

During a touristy day trip around Charlottetown, we stopped at PEI Preserve Company for lunch. This well-known island gem is famous for its delicious homemade jams, jellies, and honey. Along with a sandwich, Ajit also ordered a slice of Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie. It was out of this world and made her smack her lips. Refreshing and creamy. The perfect balance of tart and sweet. She was smitten. Even after getting home, she spoke often of the delicious slice of heaven. Wishing she could go back for seconds or thirds.

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Spiced Panna Cotta with Raspberry Pomegranate Jelly

Spiced Panna Cotta with Raspberry Pomegranate Jelly

I’ve worked hard to champion the everyday. To savour and appreciate the little things, like good conversation. Some of my best conversations have included food. But, bringing family and friends —old and new—together over a meal, doesn’t happen as often as it should. With life so chaotic and a constant need to move faster, it’s easy to forget to pause.

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Gingeriest Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gingeriest Ginger Molasses Cookies

Okay, I admit my family, with the exception of my brother, is obsessed with ginger. The base of many dishes, it is pickled, candied, eaten raw, and sometimes infused in our chai tea. If it’s a savoury dish, I assure you, ginger will make an appearance. When it comes to baking, I often sneak ground ginger into muffins, breads, cake, and cookies. It adds a je-ne-sais-quoi flavour that is never detected, even by my brother.

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Jessie’s Incredible Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Icing

Jessie’s Incredible Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Icing

There is something sacramental about eating cake, especially chocolate cake in good company.

Growing up, my sisters and I were on a mission to do just that, but never thought to bake a cake from scratch. It never crossed our minds. We only baked Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines premixed cakes. Chocolate and even German Chocolate were on heavy rotation, along with white, confetti, lemon, orange, and even banana. Alas, there was always wishful thinking, hope even, that the cake would look just like the picture on the box.

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