How to Make Bear Macarons

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Bear macarons are easy to make with only a few additions to your macaron process. The decorations are not too elaborate but will still impress your guests enjoying your creations.

Prepare to decorate these bear macarons for 20-30 min after you’ve assembled your macarons with their filling.

Begin by making your go-to recipe for macarons. Use any recipe that works well for you. You’ll want to have a few batches of macarons behind you that have turned out great before attempting these animal macarons!

When you start piping your macarons, leave a little extra room. Once you’re ready to pipe your macarons, pipe your regular 1.5″ circle for the head of the bear.

Pipe 2 ears on one end of the circle as shown. Pipe all of your macarons this way. This way, there will be a matching front and back for each bear.

Let them dry for about 30 min until a skin forms.

Bake your macarons for the same amount of time your recipe calls for.

Let your macarons cool completely. Fill your macarons and then they are ready to decorate!

Begin decorating by using an edible marker to draw on the eyes, nose and mouth.

Feel free to maybe add some pink icing dots on either side of the cheeks for more of a colorful look. You could also add a couple pen marks in the ears to give it more depth. Have fun with your bear macarons and make them your own. 🙂

If you’re up for a bigger challenge, try out our Unicorn Macarons.

Vanilla Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream

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How to use lavender from the garden in baking?

When your lavender is in full bloom and ready to harvest, cut the stems below the flowers. Dry your lavender by with laying them near a sunny window or tie them together and hang them upside down.

lavender buds

Culinary Lavender vs Garden Lavender

Do you need to use culinary lavender instead of lavender from the garden?

No you don’t need to use culinary lavender in your baking. You can use your fresh lavender from the garden.

lavender with stems

Why?

Culinary lavender gives off a sweet fragrance. Your lavender from the garden might not be as sweet, so it might not give you the perfect flavor you’re wanting. The more sweet the lavender, the more intense lavender flavor it will give you.

dried lavender

I don’t use the stems when I use lavender from my garden. The most sweet part of lavender are the flowers, so I just put the flowers/buds into my baking.

steeping lavender in cream

If you wanted to try out using lavender in different recipes you can try grinding up the lavender using a mortar and pestle. Then add it to some sugar to give you that rich sugar/lavender-perfect for your morning coffee with a hint of lavender!

lavender base for ice cream
Lavender ice cream ready to be chilled and churned

What can you bake with lavender flowers from the garden?

Vanilla Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream

How to make vanilla earl grey lavender ice cream using lavender from your own garden. Infuse earl grey tea into your vanilla ice cream mixture, then use your ice cream maker to churn it.
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time45 mins
Fridge/Freezer9 hrs
Total Time10 hrs
Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream
Yield: 10 scoops

Equipment

  • Ice Cream Maker

Materials

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup dried lavender
  • 1 tea bag earl grey tea
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Purple gel food coloring optional

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan (make sure it holds >1.5 liters) combine the heavy cream and half and half together. Add lavender to the saucepan without the stems. Bring to a gentle simmer for a couple of minutes over medium heat.
  • Remove your saucepan from the burner. Add earl grey tea bag to the pot and let steep for 4 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bag. 
  • In a large bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar together. Gradually temper the eggs by adding a bit of the hot cream mixture (couple of tablespoons at first) to the eggs and whisk vigorously to make sure not to cook the eggs.  Add all of the hot mixture to the bowl gradually until it’s all incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat until the mixture thickens (couple of min).
  • Remove the saucepan from the burner. Use your large bowl from before and add your food colouring if desired. Place a mesh sieve on the bowl and pour your hot egg/cream mixture through the sieve. Whisk the food coloring until it’s combined. Add the vanilla extract. Let cool to room temperature/cold enough to put in the fridge. Refrigerate overnight. Freeze your ice cream bowl overnight as well.
  • Pour mixture into your ice cream machine and churn for 20-25 min.
  • Freeze for a few hours to let it harden up before serving.

Notes

lavender ice cream recipe

Happy Baking!

How to make Unicorn Macarons

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Unicorn macarons are beyond beautiful to bring to your next family gathering. Simple to make, but time consuming. Prepare to decorate these beauties for at least 2 hours to make sure they’re perfect.

Begin by making your go-to recipe for macarons. Use any recipe that works well for you. You’ll want to have a few batches of macarons behind you that have turned out great before attempting these cute cookies!

how to make unicorn macarons

Making these special macarons isn’t as difficult as they may seem. The hardest part of creating macarons is mastering the shells. Once you have a few perfect batches behind you, you’re ready to take on a macaron challenge!

You will dazzle your friends and family with these adorable desserts. When I brought them to my friend’s birthday, a few of them said they didn’t want to eat them because they were too special!!

When you start piping your macarons, leave a little extra room. Once you’re ready to pipe your macarons, pipe your regular 1.5″ circle for the head of the unicorn.

Pipe 2 tiny ears, and 1 larger circle for the horn. Pipe all of your macarons this way. After you’re finished, add a few sprinkles below the horn. I like to use rainbow sprinkles. The pop of colour really makes it stand out and creates that beautiful unicorn that will impress your guests.

To create the horn shape, simply use a tooth pick to shape the horn into a sharp point.

Let them dry for about 30 min until a skin forms.

Bake your macarons for the same amount of time your recipe calls for.

Let your macarons cool completely.

Take a pinch of gold dust and a few drops of almond extract (any extract is fine, just be aware of your flavor choice). Swirl the dust until it’s mixed together. Use a food safe painting brush, or a silicone brush to paint the ears and horn of the unicorn. I ended up using vanilla extract when I made these, so the gold color is a little bit darker.

unicorn macarons at home

Next, use an edible marker to draw on the eye lashes.

unicorn macarons

Assemble with your favourite filling and enjoy! I like to use vanilla buttercream for the center. Vanilla is a classic flavour that everyone will love!

Easy Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

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Making focaccia bread is easier than you ever could have imagined. But once you make it at home, it’s very hard to buy it in the grocery store. Nothing tastes more fresh than warm focaccia bread right out of the oven. Dip the bread in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction.

You never knew what you were missing in life until eating foccacia bread right out of the oven.

Bread is life.

herb focaccia bread

Easy Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

How to make focaccia bread with olive oil infused with herbs at home in only 2 hours.
Prep Time25 mins
Active Time20 mins
Rising Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: bread, focaccia bread
Yield: 10 slices

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Saucepan
  • 13" x 9" Pan

Materials

  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tsp rosemary dried
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch finishing salt optional

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan on low heat combine olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary and pepper. Cook for 5-10 min until fragrant stirring occasionally.
  • In a large glass bowl combine warm water, yeast, and honey. Let sit for 5 min until frothy.
  • Add the flour, salt and ¼ cup of the herb olive oil to the yeast mixture. Mix only until just combined and knead only 10-15 times. Don’t overwork the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit for 1 hour to rise.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of the herbed oil into a 9×13’’ pan. Use a paper towel to spread the oil to the entire bottom of the pan, and into the corners. Transfer the risen dough to the baking pan and use your fingers to dimple the dough all over. Pour the remaining oil over the dough. Spread the oil all over using the back of a spoon. 
  • Let rise for 20 min.
  • Bake focaccia bread for 15-20 min. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container. Place the container in the fridge to make it last longer. Best served the day of or use within 2 days.
focaccia bread

Party Chip Dip

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Best Cream Cheese Chip Dip Recipe

How to make a cream cheese dip recipe for your next party.
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, chip dip, dip
Yield: 12 people

Equipment

  • Large serving platter
  • hand mixer/stand mixer

Materials

  • 1 pkg cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 3-4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 bag tortilla chips

Instructions

  • Beat together cream cheese and mayonnaise until fully combined.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture with the back of a spoon onto large serving plated until ~ 1/3 – 1/2 cm thick.
  • Pour salsa onto cream cheese mixture and spread with the back of a spoon until it fully covers the edges.
  • Sprinkle green onions and tomatoes all over the salsa.
  • Cover the whole dip in cheddar cheese.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips or store covered in fridge until ready to serve.

Best Espresso Ice Cream Recipe

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Best Espresso Ice Cream Recipe

How to make espresso ice cream using an espresso maker and an ice cream maker.
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time25 mins
Fridge/Freezer time9 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 55 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream
Yield: 10 people

Equipment

  • espresso maker
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Saucepan
  • mesh sieve

Materials

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 shots freshly brewed espresso

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over low to medium heat add the  heavy cream, whole milk, sugar and salt. Whisk to fully dissolve the sugar ~ 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a large glass bowl add the egg yolks. Whisk the yolks together.
  • Whisk 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks while whisking the milk mixture until fully combined. 
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan. Whisk until it comes to a simmer.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and mix in the vanilla and espresso. 
  • Pour the mixture through a sieve and place in fridge until chilled (about 6 hours, but leave it overnight in the fridge to make it easy).
  • Add mixture to ice cream maker and churn for 20-25 min.
  • Freeze mixture for another 3 hours until fully chilled for ice cream and not just soft serve.

Notes

espresso brewing

Best Broccoli and Cheese Soup Ever

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Best Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe Ever

How to make the best broccoli and cheese soup for your family
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Keyword: broccoli, cheese, soup
Yield: 8 servings

Equipment

  • Saucepan

Materials

  • 1 crown broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 carrots sliced
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cups milk 2%
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  • Add butter to medium heat frying pan. Saute carrots and broccoli for 3-4 min. Add onions and saute for 1-2 min. Add flour to pan to make a roux.
  • Pour chicken broth into pan and cook vegetables until fork tender ~5 min.
  • Slowly pour milk into pan and cook until gently simmering. 
  • Add grated cheese and whisk until fully combined.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  • Store in fridge for up to 3 days.
best broccoli and cheese soup ever

Chocolate Covered Cornflakes

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  • 1 cup chocolate melting wafers
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (~2 oranges)
  • 4 cups corn flakes
  1. Melt chocolate in a large glass bowl in the microwave for 1 min. Stir chocolate, microwave again in 20 second intervals until chocolate is fully melted.
  2. Grate orange zest and add it to the melted chocolate.
  3. Mix orange zest into chocolate until fully combined.
  4. Add corn flakes 1 cup/time until fully covered in chocolate.
  5. Place muffin liners onto a large plate. Fill muffin liners with chocolate covered cornflakes.
  6. Place in fridge for 1 hour until fully hardened. Keep in fridge until ready to serve.

Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

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GARLIC ITALIAN BREADSTICKS

Garlic Breadsticks from Scratch

How to bake garlic bread sticks from scratch using yeast.
Prep Time25 mins
Active Time12 mins
Rising time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 7 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: bread, breadstick
Yield: 12 Breadsticks

Equipment

  • Oven

Materials

  • 280 mL warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour

Topping

  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan grated

Instructions

  • Combine water, yeast, sugar, 3 tbsp butter and salt into a large glass bowl. Slowly add bread flour until fully combined. Knead dough until smooth ~5-7 min.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 ½ hours.
  • Separate dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each piece to approximately 7’’ long.
  • Let rise for 1 hour on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 12 min at 400 degrees F.
  • Mix together melted butter, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a bowl.
  • Brush mixture onto breadsticks when they come out of the oven and top with Parmesan. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Bread Maker Pizza Pretzels Recipe

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Bread machines can do much more than just bake loaves of bread. You can use you bread machine to make pretzel bread dough, and then top your pretzels how you like them. If you’re making regular pretzels, give them an egg wash with a bit of salt before baking them. For our bread machine pretzel bread we’ll be making pizza pretzels. Pizza pretzels are topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Yum!

Bread maker pizza pretzels

Bread Maker Pizza Pretzels Recipe

How to use your bread maker to make pizza pretzel dough. Bake your pizza pretzels in the oven with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time15 mins
Bread Maker Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: pretzel
Yield: 8 Pretzels

Equipment

  • bread maker
  • Oven

Materials

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7/8 cup water

Topping

  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese grated

Instructions

  • Pour water into bread pan.
  • Place flour into bread pan covering all the water.
  • Add salt and sugar to bread pan.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and put yeast into the well.
  • Select dough setting on bread machine.
  • Once dough is finished, preheat oven to 450˚F.
  • Separate dough into 8 even pieces.
  • Roll each dough into a long rope shape ~6” long.
  • Twist each dough into a knot shape. Place knots onto a baking sheet.
  • Brush each knot with pizza sauce. Cover the entire knot in pizza sauce, bringing the sauce right down to the bottom of each knot. If you don’t fully cover the knot this will result in a dry pizza pretzel.
  • Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese onto each knot.
  • Bake at 450˚F for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
bread maker pizza pretzels recipe