Apple Pumpkin Bread Tart

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hi old friends (and new)

it is I, back with a recipe that is actually almost exactly the same as this one but transformed–

My intention was to make something crazy. I was thinking along the lines of… an apple oat crisp and a pumpkin cinnamon bun having a baby, only the baby would not only be cute but also elegant and posh and be able to stand on its own two feet at a high tea.

I’d say I got halfway there. You can’t tell from these photos but figuring out how to arrange the apple slices in an aesthetically pleasing way was actually such a dilemma. I felt very discombobulated, so I gave up and placed the slices around in a circle (how boring) but somehow it ended up looking like a rose (elegant!!). Then I couldn’t bear to cover that with an apple crisp topping around the edges, like I initially planned out in my head.

So no, I guess the apple oat crisp pumpkin cinnamon bun baby will have to be born another day.

Baking this bread, and these photos, will forever be associated with good memories. Why? It was a special, special day.

I had started the bread off, proofing my yeast. But it was 10 minutes until 10:00 am, which was when the COLDPLAY TICKET PRESALE opened up, and whenever it’s that kind of environment (think course registration) I end up not being able to do anything but sit around and twiddle my thumbs and click refresh. It’s the anticipation, okay. Let me have my fun.

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PBBBB Cake

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~waits until after Pi day to post this~

how many forms can banana bread be morphed into?

according to the number of times I keep bringing this recipe back, it’s a lot.

Banana bread gets a rep for being the go-to recipe for when your bananas turn “too ripe”. I don’t understand that, really… like oops I didn’t notice these bananas casually TURNING BLACK as they’ve sat on my counter for the past week??

So for some reason when I actually want my bananas to ripen, they take eons. About two weeks to turn a good black colour, and for them to be in their most sugary ripe stage. Anyway, this recipe is nothing but a variation of my trusty banana bread recipe– the oil replaced by natural peanut butter, berries thrown in for that PB & J riff, cinnamon crumb topping, and a glaze just for good measure.

Oh yah, the PBBBB is for peanut butter berry banana breakfast… cake. Pretty good, hey? I take inspiration from my studies… sometimes there’s so many abbreviations it gets kinda ridiculous, and when I read a normal book again, I wonder why it’s so wordy. Oops.

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Coconut Matcha Marble Cakelettes

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Every time I intend to make something out of my comfort zone / something crazy creative it ends up being quite normal– like these, haha. Then again if it’s too crazy creative it can blur into being gimmicky.  We’ll give it a week, I’ll think of something… actually, I finally got around to checking out Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours and Dominique Ansel’s book, can’t wait to immerse myself in that.

So it’s reading break, and for me that means getting “life stuff” done. Stuff that I usually shove to a corner in my mind. Like my class 5 test, and uh mm yeah well uh hm I didn’t pass, haha. The examiner was the same lady who passed me for my N, and I was feeling relaxed/hopeful. A bit too relaxed, because about 20 minutes in I forgot to mind the speed limit (50km/h…. who actually drives that speed like pls) because we were about to go on the highway and I was thinking omg we’re going on the highway I haven’t failed yet!! which is the ultimate irony because that was the moment when I sped up to keep up with traffic and yeah it was game over at that point. Also in my defense it was downhill, ok.

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Cranberry Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

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Okay, not going to lie, I was hoping I’d end 2015 with a bang or at least make some celebratory Christmassy fancy holiday chestnut buche de noel (I even have the heavy cream sitting in my fridge), but instead I present you guys with some more boring muffins, my specialty, haha……..

I do have a good reason though, I have a special friend whom I met briefly while interning/volunteering last summer, and even though we traveled together for two or three days, we really connected well and life has a funny way of bringing people back together again. Anyway, she stopped by Vancouver after her exchange over in New Brunswick (lol) was finished, and it’s been a really action packed week, as it’s got to be when you’re trying to show someone the highlights of your home city.

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Matcha Croissants

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I didn’t think I’d ever get around to it, but I’m finally able to cross off “croissants” on my baking goals list (!!!) along with “a plated dessert“, “dad’s birthday cake” and “wedding cake“. All that’s left is a Brooks Headley dessert, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for a chocolate eggplant dessert…

I had to wait until the opportune moment– one (relatively free) rainy day for me to not mind staying home to babysit my dough, and when I happened to have good quality butter on hand. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Kerrygold unsalted butter, so all the stars aligned one rainy day for me to take the plunge.

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