Tag Archives: desserts

La Boulangerie – Bakery Cafe

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Pastries and coffee, La Boulangerie on 4th Street.

 

I have meant to try La Boulangerie for a long, long time! So when our friends suggested it for brunch, I was very excited! This is the type of cafe we should have every other block, including those dreadful suburbs. Then I’d finally be happy with Calgary (though I can’t promise I’d stop complaining about it!).

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Easy snack: raspberry parfait

Well, not a real parfait, but there’s no need to be fussy over names… This little beauty is sweet, tasty and healthy. Really, can you ask for more?

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Fresh raspberries parfait.

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Banana Muffins

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Banana muffin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 – 6 bananas, smashed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda (add a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to activate)
  • pinch of salt
  • walnuts
  • cacao nibs
  • goji berries
  • rum

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix butter and bananas (use a mixer or a hand masher).
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, then add them to the banana mixture.
  3. Incorporate flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Add walnuts, goji berries, cacao nibs and a bit of rum (around 2 Tbsp).
  5. Bake in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes or until golden.

Makes around 14 small muffins.

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Blueberry Pie with Puff Pastry

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Blueberry pie with puff pastry.

I made this delicious blueberry dessert a few days ago. It was so good, that I’m making the second round already! The puff pastry that you can find in the frozen foods section at Superstore will make your life so much easier!

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Fresh pineapple cake

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Pineapple cake.

This delicious, light pineapple cake came from another food blog – Taste of Beirut. I used less sugar than recommended, but the cake was just as yummy.

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Strawberry mousse

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Strawberries mousse.

This dessert is as good as the strawberries you use. Which means that here, in Calgary, you’ll have to go for the most rotten strawberries in the store and then add some sugar. On the plus side, this dessert takes 10 minutes to prepare and can be frozen if needed.

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All you wanted to know about chocolate

Well, not all, but at least how they put centers in chocolates. I recently stumbled across this National Film Board short (4:50 min) movie presenting the process through which chocolates are mass manufactured. I still think my raw almond cocoa truffles are better, but the short movie is worth watching.

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Almond Cocoa Truffles

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Cocoa and almond, no sugar and 5 minutes prep time. Can you resist it? These ‘truffles’ are delicious and it’s easy to have the ingredients in your household at all times. This is what you need (I got everything in the organic section at Superstore):

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Who knew cocoa pudding is so easy to make?

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Hard to believe, but this beauty took around 20 minutes to make! Needless to say, it will become a staple in my household (chocolaty taste in under half an hour, yeah!).

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Quick apple snack

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You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. If you have an apple and you want to try something new, here’s a great idea for a quick snack. My mom used to make it for me when I was a kid, and I remembered about it a few days ago:
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