Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

I know the combination sounds a little weird but trust me on this one – Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting are amazing. The brown sugar gives that slight hint of caramel to the cupcake and the dark chocolate ensures that the frosting isn’t too sweet. One of the best things about this cupcake recipe is that you will probably have everything you need to whip up a batch in next to no time. I have been looking for a fool-proof simple white cupcake recipe and I think I’ve found it in this one. Now you could just as easily use all white sugar in the recipe but I think the bit of brown sugar just gives that depth of flavour that is sometimes missing in a cupcake.

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Date Squares

Date Squares – the name might make you think of your Grandmother or potluck dinners but for me Date Squares are one of my favourite bar recipes. Dates have been cultivated since ancient times and date palms are one of the oldest fruits. Dates are also a very nutritious food as they contain iron, magnesium and calcium and are also very high in dietary fibre. Then add in oats and Date Squares have to be one of the most healthy desserts ever!

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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting

Today my new flower piping tips arrived so cupcakes were on the horizon. I was in the mood for something lemony – so lemon cupcakes were up to bat. To add to the lemon theme I decided to top them with lemon frosting as well. This recipe for Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting is very simple and sometimes the simpler the recipe the tastier. You will have all of the ingredients in your pantry except maybe the lemons, but then if you were looking at lemon recipes chances are you are in the mood for something lemony!

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies are the perfect cookie treat for the chocolate lover for Valentines Day. These chocolate cookies are like a brownie in cookie form- very chocolaty. Did I already mention they were very chocolaty? They also make a great cookie for making cut-out cookies as the dough firms up nicely once cooled and keeps it’s shape once baked.

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Decadent Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are definitely up there on the favourite list for me. I love the texture and the satisfying feeling of biting into an oatmeal cookie.Whether they are crunchy or soft I appreciate a good oatmeal cookie.  These Decadent Oatmeal Cookies hit all of those targets and way beyond – they have chocolate and toffee bits hidden inside! Plus the smell of freshly baked cookies, there really isn’t much better than that smell. That is why they make candles that smell like that, but then you can’t eat them can you? Much better off with actually making the cookies then you can enjoy both the taste and the smell.


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Best Posts of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close I thought I would look back over the recipes I have posted over the past 12 months. 2016 seems to have gone by in a flash, but once I was looking back some of these posts feel like they were ages ago! Then I started adding them up- 47 posts in 2016. Wow- hard to believe there were that many when some weeks time was flying so fast I hadn’t posted anything at all.

So I hope you enjoyed at least one of my recipes in 2016 and here’s to many more in 2017.

Here is a list of some of our family’s favourites. Click on the name to find the recipe. The Baked Sticky Chicken Wings would make a great New Year’s Eve treat…wink, wink.

Easy Creamy Fudge

Spiced Brown Butter Shortbread

Pumpkin Bars with Brown Sugar Fudge Frosting

Blueberry Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Banana Blueberry Muffins

No-Knead Country Bread

Baked Sticky Chicken Wings

Looking forward to sharing more recipes and stories with you in 2017!

Tammy at Chateau Elma.




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Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Every occasion calls for a beautiful dessert and the holiday season is no different. This holiday season make this rich delicious Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting and wow your guests with a home-made masterpiece. Sometimes the simplest decorations like a little dusting of icing sugar is all you need. Now Chocolate Sour Cream frosting – I know you are wondering, really, sour cream? But yes it really does make a beautiful creamy frosting and you no one will be the wiser that it contains sour cream.

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Easy Creamy Fudge

This fudge recipe is simply the easiest creamiest fudge recipe out there. I have been making this recipe for years now after receiving the recipe from a co-worker about 10 years ago. What makes this  Easy Creamy Fudge recipe almost fool-proof is that you make it in the microwave and there is no candy thermometer required! After trying multiple brown-sugar fudge recipes I still come back to this one. Now some folks will see the white chocolate in the list of ingredients and think it won’t taste like a brown-sugar fudge, but they would be wrong.

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Spiced Brown Butter Shortbread

This week I discovered Spiced Brown Butter in a recipe for  Brown Butter Spice Cake in the December 2016 edition of Food & Drink magazine. I made the cake for dinner with friends and it was a hit and since then (7 days ago) I have browned and spiced 2 pounds of butter! The aroma of this browned butter is incredible- so incredible that I think it would make an amazing scent for a candle. If you want to make your house smell Christmassy just put a pan of this butter on to simmer. Spiced Brown Butter could be used in any recipe as a replacement for regular butter that also calls for similar spices. One of the my co-workers thought it would also be yummy as a spread for fresh muffins or on pancakes…the ideas are endless.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

There have been many posts and recipes about mixing chocolate chip cookie dough and brownie batter but up until today I had never tried the combination. All of this time missing out on this fabulous combination!!!! What was I thinking. Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies are a magical thing- a soft chocolatey bottom with a slightly crunchy cookie topping and very decadent.

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