Cheddar waffles

After stumbling across this appetite-inducing instagram account I was on an immediate mission to make waffles. He pretty much waffles everything and is thus winning at life.

Starting off simple, I went for this cheddar waffle recipe (minus the bacon), mostly just because I had all the ingredients on hand. The recipe worked out a-okay, but I think I’ll try to plan ahead next time and give this recipe and sandwich from Joy the Baker a whirl next time. Who doesn’t love BLTs?

This batch was topped with bacon, egg, and a little bit of maple syrup – aka a perfect start to the morning.

Cheddar waffles


Green tea shortbread creatures

The only treats I’ve ever baked with green tea were these grapefruit cupcakes with green tea frosting. I’ve really no idea why I haven’t experimented with green tea powder since, but I’m sure glad I tried it again.

I decided to test out this recipe, with the only substitution being that I used regular green tea powder instead of matcha green tea. Matcha can be a bit hard to come by in local shops / is more expensive, but the alternative I used produced very similar results and the flavour is A+.

I’ve only ever attempted shortbread once, and with it being such a miserable fail I hadn’t tried since. This recipe, however, was *super* easy, has only six ingredients, and was easy to roll out and rework.

Next up on the to-try list are these matcha almond linzer cookies with strawberry jam and these matcha mini cakes with black sesame buttercream.

Green tea shortbread

Cheddar + hot pepper scones

This is only my third time making scones. They seem to be some of the most finicky baked goods to make, at least for me, so I generally tend to avoid them. Having way too much cheese in my fridge, however, meant that I had to take action. Cheddar scone action.

Thankfully I found a simple recipe from one of my favourite blogs: smitten kitchen

Here’s what you’ll need: scones


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
8 tbs cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup cream (I used 18% table cream)
3 eggs
1 cup old cheddar, cubed
1+ hot pepper, minced


Check out the instructions on smitten kitchen. I followed them to a T, and cooked the scones for ~20 minutes. I also used a glass to make round scones, because I find the triangle ones don’t cook quite as evenly.

They turned out quite well. I’d definitely try the recipe again, definitely adding more hot pepper (only used one), and maybe adding basil and / or green onion.

Enjoy ❤


Coffee cake + strawberry rhubarb

I’ve made coffee cake muffins before, adding a tasty layer of wild berry jam between the cake and the streusel – delicious, easy to share, super delicious! This time I really just wanted an excuse to use my bundt pan and make a more classic-looking “cake”.

Since it’s that time of year, I figured adding some strawberry + rhubarb would be a good idea, though wasn’t entirely convinced the flavours would match up. Well, they certainly do! I think you could probably get away with adding any kind of berry combo to this cake.

I was also concerned (just because I had never made this kind of cake before) that the filling would cause the streusel and cake to separate and that they wouldn’t hold together when removed from the pan. This was definitely not the case, as you can see from the photo, and a quick flip of the pan released the entire cake intact.

It ended up being so quick to make that I made it twice in one week for two different events – a hit both times!

Here’s what you need and how it’s done…

¾ cup white flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup butter, melted

1½ cups sliced strawberries
1 cup chopped rhubarb

½ cup butter, room temperature
½ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
½ cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⅓ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
Several dashes of cinnamon

Prepare the filling by cooking the strawberry and rhubarb on the stove, on low. Drain a bit of the water that comes out of the fruit. Cook until the berries and rhubarb can be mushed together (sounds delightful, eh?). It should look like a jam.

For the topping, mix the dry ingredients, then stir in the melted butter. Mix until well blended.

For the cake, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg and egg yolk, mix. Add the sour cream and vanilla, mix. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add them to the wet ingredients. Stir until just blended.

Add the streusel to the bottom of the bundt pan. Pour the filling evenly on top. Add the cake batter and make sure it’s evenly distributed and covering the filling layer below.

Bake at 350°F for ~50 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.