The best pie I’ve ever tasted! (plus a mini bday recap)

For months I’ve spent many minutes drooling over the cookies on the Instagram page of Moo Milk Bar.

I am a huge milk and cookies person, literally every evening is ended with a big glass of milk and a delicious cookie!
So when I discovered this place, it seemed like it was made for me!
They have the most delicious looking cookies, all 15 varieties look amazing!

One glorious day I saw that they also made pies! I saw the ricotta and Nutella pie, two of my most favorite things together in one pie!
I decided at that moment I must have it!

Time passed and I never got the chance to make it to their location to give it a try.
I decided that I wanted it to be my “birthday cake”.
They usually do not make pies at this time of year but they made an exception. (Thank you!!!)
I can’t tell you how happy it made me, or how excited I was knowing that I would finally get to enjoy this delicious looking pie! I was like a little kid on Christmas morning!!

It did not dissapoint!
It was amazing. So creamy, so delicious and everyone loved it!
I can honestly say it was one of the best dessert I’ve ever had!
I want to thank Moo Milk Bar for making my birthday end on the sweetest note possible!

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So yummy!

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Loved it!

If anyone lives in the Toronto area please do yourself a favor and stop into Moo Milk Bar to pick up a little treat! Check out their website for their full menu, address and catering options! http://www.moomilkbar.ca

My delicious pie ended a day that begun with a special delivery of breakfast in bed, along with a beautiful picture!

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Then I headed out with these crazy guys for some lunch and target shopping! (my weakness!)

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When I blew out the candles I honestly couldn’t wish for more. Surrounded by my guys, parents, sisters, neice, nephew and my Inlaws. The best part of the day was knowing I had so many people surrounding me that love me! Who could wish for more?

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xo
Fran

My unbirthday birthday cake.

Exactly one week today will be my 29th birthday…..yay?

I’ve done the normal birthday cake, cupcakes, a cake in the shape of a giant cupcake and even went a little crazy and had an ice cream cake a few times! This year I’ve decided that I absolutely must have a nutella and ricotta cookie pie that a local Toronto bakery makes! (pictures to follow, as long as I can control myself long enough to take one!) I know I know its crazy a pie no way! haha

but seriously after 28 birthdays I think its time for me to do something different. That got me thinking, what are other options you could choose instead of a boring old cake?                                                So there I went to Pinterest as usual. I found a few ideas I thought were pretty cool!

These three ideas are from http://www.tipjunkie.com

The first one is a cake made of fruity pebbles. I think it looks  adorable and so colorful!

 

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Why not donuts?? Yes donuts! who doesn’t love them? Everyone loves them because they are delicious and now also perfect for a birthday!

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Ok I got really excited over this one! this is one of my favorite desserts Cinnamon rolls! I feel like I need this in my life.

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I also thought these cake batter truffles from

www.the-girl-who-ate-everthing.com were super cute and look just as yummy!

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Whatever you choose to have as you celebrate your special day all that truly matters is that you have your loved ones around you helping you celebrate. But hey having a super cool dessert couldn’t hurt….right?

xo                                                                                                                                 Fran

No Fail Banana Bread

banana breadThis weekend was filled with lots of family valentines visits. Our little guy was so excited to hand out his cards and all the pictures he made! In return he was given more candy, cookies and chocolate than any two year old needs!

I know he would be furious to know that I forgot to mention the giant monkey he received. (It’s the same size as he is) It must now sleep in bed with him and his other 8 “friends” he already shares his toddler bed with….
I have no idea how they all fit in there or how he is comfortable, but whatever makes him happy (and bedtime easier) is ok with me!

This week I chose to share my banana bread recipe. It’s the only recipe I’ve tried that has never turned out badly, no matter how many times I’ve made it. It’s easy and lives up it it’s name!

It’s really good on its own, but we’ve tried it warm with butter, or cream cheese. As a layer in your trifle, or even warm with vanilla ice cream on top!
This simple dessert it one of my ultimate comfort foods and a favorite of my little guy!(My big guy likes it too!)

So this week I hope you enjoy this cozy comforting recipe.

No Fail Banana Bread

  • 2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 Cup milk
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil ( you can substitute apple sauce if you like)
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Ripe bananas (mashed)
  • Optional 1 Cup of mix in (chocolate chips, walnuts, banana slices…etc)

directions
preheat oven to 350
Grease a loaf pan

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Then add your wet remaining ingredients and bananas, stir until dry ingredients are moistened. (Plus your optional mix in)
  3. Pour batter into pan, bake 55-60 min,
    until golden brown or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven, wait 5 mins before removing from pan.

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(Shown with chocolate chunks!)

Enjoy
xo,Fran

 

Easy Garlic knots!

So for this weeks Fast Friday I’m sharing a recipe I found a while back on Pinterest!

It’s super fast and easy. You get a yummy result from almost no work!

We were having people over for dinner had no rolls and no time to make any from scratch!

This recipe uses pillsbury biscuits but you would never know.
People were surprised when I told them what they were and how easy they were to make!

They make a quick and delish addition to any dinner, they were especially good at soaking up that extra pasta sauce left at the bottom of my bowl!

Thanks to http://www.tastykitchen.com for posting this recipe.

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Recipe:
ingredients

1 tube refrigerated pillsbury buttermilk biscuits.
1/4 Cup canola oil (I used olive oil)
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder ( I used 2 cloves of fresh garlic which I put into my garlic press)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley

Roll each biscuit into a rope and tie into a knot. Tuck ends under.

Place each knot 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 min or until golden brown.

In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Then brush the warm knots with your mixture.

Makes 10 knots

Enjoy

Fran

My Valentines Day dessert idea!

I’ve finally come up with an idea and what I think is the perfect dessert to serve to my two Valentines on Friday!

I wanted to make sure it wasn’t too complicated since I wont have much time for anything too crazy. I also wanted to make sure it was semi healthy, loading a 2 and a half year old up on chocolate just a few hours before bedtime, not a good idea…

I combined two things my guys love! My banana bread and strawberries.

I went with Strawberry banana bread mini Trifles! The most simple thing I’ve ever made.

I made my own Banana bread but you can use store bought if you want. I took a small carton of whipping cream and added a few drops of vanilla. (I didn’t measure, just went by taste), then whipped until light and fluffy. I then chopped up some strawberries and a piece of banana bread and alternated layering them with the whipped cream.  I topped it off with some banana slices and a heart shaped strawberry!

I honestly think they turned out so cute!

I know the ones I make on Friday will be enjoyed, but this one is all mine!

Desserts don’t have to be overcomplicated to be good , some days the more simple and less time consuming the better.  I hope everyone enjoys their Valentines Day !

xo                                                                                                                                Fran

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Apple Cinnamon Streusel Bundt Cake

I hope everyone had a good weekend, we had a quiet weekend, stayed around the house and worked on a few home projects. Nothing too exciting, but I think sometimes the quiet weekend can be the best weekends! I have a big sense of accomplishment seeing our little jobs getting done around here, and not to mention my laundry pile shrinking!

For this Recipe of the week,

I wanted to share a recipe I love! I’m mentally transporting myself back to September after getting even more snow this weekend!

Can’t it just be spring already?

Every fall our family goes apple picking. We usually get ALOT of apples, while we create just as many memories during our yearly tradition.

Usually I end up being overrun by apples. That’s when I start to panic and try to use them all up before they start to go bad.

This is just one of many on my apple recipe list. Although it only uses two apples, its simple and delicious and something I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

apple cinnamon bundt cake

Ingredients:

Streusel

  • 3 Tbsp  Flour
  • 3 Tbsp White sugar
  • 2 tsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple peeled and diced ( you can use which ever kind you like, I used honeycrisp.)

cake batter

  • 1 1/2 Cups of flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350, grease your bundt pan

Combine all of the streusel ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Sprinkle 1/2 of your mixture into your bundt pan, and toss the other half with your apple slices in a separate bowl. Set both aside.

Batter

Combine all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl combine all of your wet ingredients. Slowly add your wet mixture into your dry mixture. Mix until moistened.

Add half of your batter to your bundt pan, then layer in your apple slices. Top with remaining batter.

Bake for 45-50 min until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool for about 10 min before removing from pan.
Then dig in!

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Enjoy!

xo, Fran

My little Helper.

Having a toddler and trying to get things done as most parents already know, can be near impossible at times!

Our little guy is usually my shadow. If I’m cleaning he asks for a cloth to wipe things with. When I’m sweeping he loves to hold the dust pan. ( his future wife should thank me for this early training!)
So it’s no surprise that when I’m doing something fun, like baking he needs to be right there with me.

He’s two and a half so he’s old enough to do the simpler tasks, like stirring, pouring in ingredients and decorating. While we bake we practice counting, colors and shapes!

It’s a special time that I love having with him. As soon as I get out the bowls a little voice behind me always yells ” what we makin’ today momma?”

Of course having my “helper” makes things more difficult sometimes, much more messy, and not to mention at times frustrating. (Keeping it real!)

I know that the time will come when he would rather hang out with his friends than bake with his mom.
I’ve been told I’m not good at “playing boy toys” two separate occasions by two different boys! ( I grew up super girly girl, with only sisters, one cousin who was a boy, and the rest all girls. What do you expect!)

That’s why Mike wins the prize as best playmate, but baking that’s my thing!

I remember doing the same with my grandmother (my mom isn’t a baker). I was in charge of stirring and I shared the very important responsibility of sprinkles with my grandfather! I love thinking back to those days.

So on days like today with my little guy sitting on the counter helping me make bread, I hope he will feel the same about these times when he’s to “big” to be my “little” helper.

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Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Cake

It’s another Snow stormy day here. So I decided to try out a recipe that reminded me of warmer days, and make me forget about the fact that’s it’s only early February and we still have a lot more winter to come!

It turned out so good and had the whole house smelling yummy!

seriously so easy to make, This will now be one of my go to desserts!

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Cake

 

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This recipe is in two parts, The batter and the ricotta topping

Ingredients

Batter

  • 1 Cup flour ( you can use all purpose, I used pastry flour because that’s what I had on hand)
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1 1/2 Cups Blueberries (fresh or Frozen)

Topping

  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 1/4 Cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • Directions:

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees, grease an 8 inch spring form pan

Prepare batter:

In a small bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add milk, butter, egg and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Pour the batter into your greased pan. Sprinkle your blueberries evenly over your batter.

Prepare topping

In a small bowl beat the eggs until “frothy”, then beat in ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest until smooth.

Pour evenly over your batter covering your blueberries.

Bake for 55-60 min or until golden brown around the edges. ( I gave mine an extra 5 mins just to make sure the center was done)

Remove from oven and cool to lukewarm before serving!

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So good, Seriously you need to try it out!

Now if you’ll excuse me it’s naptime for my little man, the kettle is on and this cake is calling my name….

Enjoy!

Fran

 

About me…..

My name Is Francesca,
I’m a 30 year old Italian middle child (of three girls), mommy of 2, That is married to my best Friend.

I LOVE food!

I’m constantly baking for friends and family, trying out new recipes and old family secrets.

This blog is for me to share my “adventures” in and out of the kitchen and the recipes and stories that go along with them!

I hope you’ll all enjoy my stories, recipes, craft ideas and photos!

Any feed back is welcomed, feel free to follow me on instagram  https://instagram.com/thehungryhomemakerblog/ for more pictures from my daily life!

I would love to know if you love these recipes as much as I do !