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A Favourite Christmas Cake

It took me a while, but I finally narrowed my Christmas cake choices to a few recipes in each of 6 different books.... then 3, and finally to just two recipes.  Now that the first batch is in the oven,... Continue Reading →

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Lemon Snaps

I made Lemon Snaps to take to work.  They sounded amazing... tart, refreshing, and unusual.  The reality was a little  disappointing, but they were pretty good.  The dough did actually live up to my expectations, and I kept nibbling bits... Continue Reading →

Mincemeat – Just in Time for the Holidays!

Since mentioning Dad's delicious mincemeat in a previous post, a number of people have asked me for his recipe.  I've decided to post several, so that people wanting to make mincemeat have some options. Dad uses the Mincemeat Without Suet... Continue Reading →

Gingerbread Waffles

This morning I made Gingerbread waffles for breakfast.  Something I'd never made before, but I love gingerbread, so figured it was worth a try.  These waffles are dark, flavourful and delicious, and made my whole kitchen smell wonderful!  When they... Continue Reading →

Potato Yeast Bread

Why potato yeast bread?  According to one of the recipes in the 1915 Five Roses Cook Book, it was especially helpful to rural housewives in the winter since recipes requiring overnight rising could easily get too cold.  I'm not actually... Continue Reading →

Several Editions of the Five Roses Cookbook

A little bit about the classic Five Roses Flour cookbooks, which are personal favourites of mine.

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