Black Forest Snack Cake (sugar-free)

Both my parents, for whatever reason, are intensely intrigued with Black Forest Cakes. They don’t know exactly what it is, but they have the impression that it’s really sophisticated. My mom commented to me how she sees all sorts of things “reduced to clear” from Safeway, but never the Black Forest Cake. And I scoff thinking about the fake whipped cream and the questionable maraschino “cherries” and the probably-too-dry cake layers. I mean, not that I think my baking is all that, but it’s pretty easy to beat supermarket cakes in the flavor department. And the moistness department. So one day, I will bake a black forest cake to end all black forest cakes just for my parents, but before that, here’s a spin-off…

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Chai Black Sesame Pulla

 I’m bringing you my love of all things chai, black sesame & carbs to present to you…chai black sesame pulla! What is pulla? I’ve never heard of it either, until I stumbled across Pinch of Yum’s stunning loaf. According to Wiki it’s a mildly-sweet Finnish sweet bread, flavored with crushed cardamom seeds and sometimes raisins or sliced almonds. This bread neither has cardamom nor raisins nor almonds so I don’t know if this qualifies as pulla anymore, but let me tell you, this is one of my favourite yeast doughs to work with, bake, and inhale.

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Thanksgiving Carrot Cake

*Let’s play a fun game where we pretend Colleen didn’t forget to publish this post she had drafted weeks earlier! Yeah, I know, I love that game too, try to contain your excitement.* 
We’re heading into the pre-holiday, pre-finals season, and I can sense everyone’s energy waning. And lately, all I’ve been wanting to do is sleep, and I fall asleep on the bus and skytrain just like that. Usually I try to stay productive, but most of the time really, I’m just staring blankly at my notes. Although maybe that’s just my body trying to master the art of sleeping with your eyes open. Good job body, keep it up.
Even though it’s been a while since I last wrote, not much has happened. Like actually, not a lot. I mean, school/work/commute life is the same as it has always been.

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