Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

A delicious sweet and moist bread made with fresh strawberries and cream cheese. This strawberry cream cheese bread makes for a tasty breakfast or after school snack

Strawberry cream cheese bread

I am loving that it is strawberry season! One of my favourite simple desserts in the summer is French Vanilla ice cream topped with fresh strawberries. Strawberries and cream is a perfect combination in my opinion. A few years ago I made this Fresh Strawberry bread from My Baking Addiction. I remembered it being sweet, slightly tangy and delicious. So when I bought fresh strawberries at the grocery store this week, I knew I wanted to make a strawberry bread with them. I adapted Jamie's recipe to make this delicious strawberry cream cheese bread. It is full of that strawberry and cream flavour that I love. The cream cheese and sour cream make this bread incredibly moist. The bread comes together quickly and bakes up to a beautiful golden brown loaf. 

This bread is deadly! If I let myself, I could eat an entire loaf in one sitting. In the fall and winter, I regularly make banana bread but I think this strawberry bread is quickly going to be added to the rotation for spring and summer.  

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

Makes: Two 8 inch loaves

Adapted from: My Baking Addiction 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread 

Almond Raspberry Scones

Delicious and buttery scones with a crunchy sugar crust, dotted with raspberries and topped with slivered almonds make these raspberry almond scones irresistible.

Almond Raspberry Scones

Scones make me think small cafes and large steaming warm cups of tea. Leisurely mornings or afternoons spent at a coffee shop reading a good book and people watching. They are indulgent and make an ordinary day just a little more special. Scones are the perfect buttery treat. The silvered almonds at a great texture and I love the way raspberries add a beautiful pink colour to the scones.  The trick to making scones is keeping everything as cold as possible. You want visible specks of butter studded throughout the dough - much like pie dough. This is what helps to create a deliciously fluffy and slightly flakey scone when baked. 

Almond Raspberry Scones

Like the majority of the treats I share on the blog, I brought these scones into work for my colleagues to try. They are my trusty taste testers. Since they try so many of my baked goods they aren't afraid to tell me when something doesn't quite live up to my usual standards. They know they can be honest and the treats will keep rolling in week after week. I mean after all I can only eat so much sugar on any given day plus I truly believe that baked goods are meant to be shared with friends. We work on a shared desk,  in an open co-working space, so I innocently left the tupperware container of scones out in the middle and waited for the verdict. They were devoured within minutes (after everyone grabbed a coffee to go with them of course). My one coworker has affectionally referred to them as Crack Scones. They are just that addictive - you have been warned.

Almond Raspberry Scones

Raspberry Almond Scones 

Makes 8 

Almond Raspberry Scones

Earl Grey Cookies

With a hint of vanilla and a whole lot of earl grey flavour these earl grey cookies make for the perfect afternoon treat!

Earl Grey Cookies

Those that know me, know I am a tea drinker. I may or may not have a slight obsession. I probably have at least 30 different teas in my ever growing collection. The tea I gravitate to most is Earl Grey. As part of my morning ritual, I drink a big warm mug of earl grey tea. One of my favourite earl grey teas is the Cream of Earl Grey. It has a lovely creamy vanilla flavour to it. I tried to capture that flavour in these cookies. 

These cookies have a slightly different texture then my traditional sugar cookies. They are a bit of a hybird between a sugar cookie and a shortbread cookie. A traditional shortbread cookie is typically butter, sugar and flour. In this cookie I have included an egg making it more like a sugar cookie. However, I kept the ratio of butter, sugar and flour the same as shortbread cookie. These cookies have a denser crumbly texture and a richer buttery flavour then my usual sugar cookie.

Earl Grey Cookies

Earl Grey Cookies

Makes: 24-30 cookies

Earl Grey Cookies

Mimosa Cupcakes

A delicious moist orange cake brushed with an orange champagne syrup and topped with a sparkly champagne buttercream! These cupcakes were made for celebrating!  

Mimosa Cupcakes: A delicious moist orange cake brushed with an orange champagne syrup and topped with a sparkly champagne buttercream!

Its my birthday! So of course I made cupcakes. It's only natural right? Haha. I have already had two colleagues tell me that "You're not supposed to make cupcakes for your own birthday" but making cupcakes makes me happy. Every year I tell myself that I am not going to make my own cake/cupcakes for my birthday and every year I just can't help myself. I have to create something. This year, I wanted something fun, girly and celebratory! My girlfriends and I love going for brunch. We whenever we are all in the same city. It is one of my favourite traditions and by far my favourite meal. And what is brunch without a mimosa? As you can guess that was my inspiration for these cupcakes. How cute are they?

Mimosa Cupcakes: A delicious moist orange cake brushed with an orange champagne syrup and topped with a sparkly champagne buttercream!

These cupcakes are a bit unexpected and fun! Who doesn't love a boozy cupcake? A mimosa cupcake just feels like a celebration. You can't help but smile as you eat them. They are a delicious orange cake with a sparkly champagne buttercream frosting. They are the perfect combination of light and airy yet decadent.  The cupcakes are full of orange flavour which is brought out further by the orange champagne syrup brushed on after baking. The syrup keeps the cupcakes nice and moist while adding an additional punch of flavour. The buttercream frosting is a twist on my favourite classic buttercream frosting recipe. You get the perfect amount of champagne flavour coming through.   

Mimosa Cupcakes

Makes 12

Mimosa Cupcakes: A delicious moist orange cake brushed with an orange champagne syrup and topped with a sparkly champagne buttercream!

Orange Champagne Syrup

 

Champagne Buttercream

Mimosa Cupcakes: A delicious moist orange cake brushed with an orange champagne syrup and topped with a sparkly champagne buttercream!