Desserts & Pastries

年糕 Nian Gao

Nian Gao

Instant Pot Nian Gao To make this Nian Gao recipe in the Instant Pot, use the exact same recipe. Put the batter in oven safe containers (stainless steel or oven safe glass). Manual pressure cook for 90 minutes. Instant Pressure release when the timer is done. As a kid, I’ve always been told to eat …

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Lebkuchen (Traditional german spiced cookies)


Lebkuchen (pronounced leb-ku-hen in German) is a kind of spiced gingerbread, but not all lebkuchen recipes contain the same spices. This traditional lebkuchen recipe has been passed down from generation to generation in my husband’s family; I had the honour of learning it from my Oma-in-law in November 2014. This year, I did the entire …

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Almond Buttercream

Almond Buttercream

Looking for the perfect buttercream recipe? Look no further. If you live in a hotter climate, increase the ratio of 75% shortening to 25% butter. If you LOVE butter more than shortening, you could do a 25% shortening and 75% butter. Since shortening has got a lower water content, using shortening will help provide the texture and …

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Movember Butter Cookies

Respect the ‘mo! I can’t grow one, but I can bake some moustache cookies. Support the movement to fund men’s health programs. Donate on Movember’s website. My cookie cutters came from; it’s an Edmonton-based Wilton distributor/wholesaler. I have been furiously baking cookies in the past few weeks; if you’re following me on Twitter, you’d probably …

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