Baked Nutella Churro Nests 

​We love churros ! Well, who doesn’t ? I have been hoping to make some for a long time. But personally, I cannot eat too much fried food. Not that they don’t taste good, my very sensitive stomach just can’t handle a lot of oil. I guess that’s both a good thing and a bad thing……

I remembered watching a video in which people make churro ice-cream bowls, what a great idea ! So I thought, since Easter is coming up, why don’t I bake some churro bowls and turn them into little nests ! I decorated mine with some feuilletine that I have, which is a crispy crumb mixture of crepes. You may be able to find them in some specialty kitchen store. I got mine from the Gourmet Warehouse in Vancouver. Or you can just use cookie crumbs, pretzel sticks, even some popcorns. With some chocolate eggs on top, they look exactly like little nests ! And I am sure the kids are going to love them ! Have a Happy Easter ! 

Makes about 8-10 nests 

For the nests (choux paste)

  • 200 mL water
  • 90 g unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 30 g demerara or brown sugar
  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2.5 mL pure vanilla extract

For the fillings

  • 7.5 g ground cinnamon
  • 45 g granulated sugar
  • 30 g unsalted butter, melted
  • Nutella spread
  • Cookie crumbs, pretzel sticks or feuilletine
  • Easter chocolate eggs
  1. To make the cinnamon sugar, mix together ground cinnamon and granulated sugar, set aside 
  2. To prepare the choux paste, heat together water, butter, salt and demerara or brown sugar in a pot over medium heat until just starting to boil
  3. Turn heat down to low, add flour all at once
  4. Stirring constantly, cook until a thin film of paste formed at the bottom of the pot, about 5 minutes
  5. Transfer paste to a heat-proofed mixing bowl and cool down
  6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375ºF and prepare piping bag with large star piping tip 
  7. Add vanilla, then eggs to paste, one at a time and mix well after each addition
  8. Transfer to piping bag and pipe into domes on back of oiled muffin tins
  9. Bake for about 25 minutes until starting to brown, turn heat up to 450°F at broil setting and bake until top is golden (about 2 -3 minutes, watch closely, as they can burn very easily)
  10. Take puffs out, let cool
  11. Brush outside with melted butter then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
  12. Fill inside with about a tablespoon each of Nutella
  13. Decorate with crumbs and chocolate eggs, best to serve immediately 

Tools that I used

Wilton Decorating Tip 6B


DayMark IT112793 18″ PipingPal Plus Disposable Pastry Bag with Dispenser (Roll of 100)

You can get the piping tip and bags the Amazon website by clicking the above link. I will receive a small compensation if you purchase the item. 


Maple Pecan Tart 

“Pee-can” or “Puh-kahn”, no matter how you pronounce it, pecan is a very delicious and nutritious nut ! It’s high in fibre, healthy fats, magnesium and many other vitamins and minerals. It contains quite a bit of calories though, so don’t overindulge yourself if you have to watch your calorie intake. (Yeah, I know how hard that is, especially with this yummy tart !) I originally made a pecan pie, but I just felt that a buttery and crumbly tart would work better, and with the maple syrup…..Mmmmm, just so rich, aromatic and satisfying !

I found this beautiful rectangular tart mold in a discount store a few weeks ago and it’s perfect ! At first, I was worried the tart would break cause it’s so long, but it came out really nice ! My only problem now is to resist having a second piece ! 

Makes one 4″ x 14″ rectangular or one 9″ round tart

For the tart 

  • 120 g cold unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 180 g cake and pastry flour, sifted

For the filling

  • 150 g pecan halves
  • 100 g demerara or brown sugar
  • 40 g granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 80 g unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 40 mL maple syrup
  • 5 mL pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  1. To make the tart, mix together cold butter and sugar using a wooden spoon until no more lumps
  2. Add egg yolk, mix until blended
  3. Add flour all at once, mix with the wooden spoon, then transfer onto a table or counter and gently knead dough together (just work until ingredients are mixed in)
  4. Wrap with plastic wrap, refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours or overnight
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF
  6. Knead dough until pliable
  7. Roll dough out to about 1/8 inch in thickness on a floured surface, dock with a fork
  8. Place inside slightly greased tart mold, trim off excess dough 
  9. Bake for about 8 minutes, let cool 
  10. Toast pecan in a pan without any oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes, set aside and let cool 
  11. Whisk together eggs and sugars until frothy 
  12. Add maple syrup, vanilla and cornstarch and melted butter, whisk until blended 
  13. Stir in 1/2 of toasted pecans (try to save the better pieces to put on top later)
  14. Put filling into cooled tart shell and top with remaining pecans 
  15. Bake for about 40 minutes until crust is golden and filling is set
  16. Cool slightly, serve warm 

Strawberry Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is one of my daughter’s favourite desserts. She loves it plain with just a bit of vanilla flavour, but I prefer some fruits with it to cut down the richness. Valentine’s Day is coming up, so I made this panna cotta with strawberry sauce on top. It’s easy, tasty and perfect for the occasion ! The best thing for me is, my daughter and I can both enjoy it, with or without the sauce ! You can also use other fruits like mango, passion fruits, coconut or other berries. Happy Valentine’s Day ! Hope we all get to spend some time with our loved ones !  

Makes about 6 servings

For the panna cotta

  • 350 mL whipping cream
  • 150 mL milk (at least 2%)
  • 45 g granulated sugar
  • 5 mL pure vanilla extract
  • 6 g gelatin sheet or 1 envelope of gelatin powder

For the strawberry sauce

  • 360 g fresh strawberries (washed, hulled and cut into small pieces)
  • 90 g granulated sugar (adjust if needed)
  • 15 mL fresh lemon juice
  1. To make the panna cotta, bloom gelatin sheet in cold water until soft (alternatively, you can sprinkle gelatin powder over about 50 mL of milk)
  2. In a non-stick pan, heat whipping cream, milk and sugar over medium heat
  3. Turn heat off when liquid starts to bubble, add vanilla
  4. Gently squeeze out excess water from softened gelatin sheets and add into pot (or add the milk gelatin mixture if using powder), stir until all dissolved
  5. Pour into desired containers, cool then refrigerate until set, about 3-4 hours (To avoid a skin from forming, you can use a plastic wrap, pressing gently on top of the panna cotta when setting)     
  6. To prepare the sauceheat strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a non-stick pot over medium heat
  7. Turn heat down to low when liquid starts to bubble
  8. Cook until thickened, let cool and puree
  9. When ready to serve, spoon strawberries sauce over panna cotta, decorate with finely chopped chocolate if desired

Matcha (Green Tea) Chocolate Chips Cookies 

Few weeks ago, my daughter and I found a matcha latte mix in a local grocery store. We really wanted to try it but were a little skeptical at first. My daughter thought we could just get a small amount, so that’s what we did. To our surprise, it was very tasty ! And all you need is to do is add hot water or milk ! This has also given an idea to make this matcha chocolate chip cookies ! They are not the best looking cookies, but they sure taste good ! And don’t worry, you won’t turn into The Incredible Hulk after you eat them ! I actually had to make them twice to get the right taste, and as my daughter said, this second time is “matcha better” ! 

Makes about 24 cookies 

  • 120 g unsalted butter, softened 
  • 75 g granulated sugar 
  • 75 g demerara or brown sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • 5 mL pure vanilla extract 
  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 7.5 g matcha (green tea) powder 
  • 2 g baking powder
  • 2 g baking soda 
  • 1 g salt 
  • 90 g chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Sift together flour, matcha powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside 
  3. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy 
  4. Add egg and vanilla 
  5. Add flour mixture in 2 to 3 parts, mix until blended 
  6. Stir in chocolate chips 
  7. Scoop into one inch balls and place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, about 2 inches apart (Alternatively, you can roll them into balls, and flatten them slightly, they will have a smoother surface) 
  8. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes 



Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats 

Happy New Year ! This is my very first post of 2018 ! Hope you all had a good winter break. So, what are your New Year’s resolutions ? I bet eating healthier is one of them. For someone who loves sweets like myself, it can be a little tricky. I don’t want to refrain myself from sugar totally, but yet feel guilty at times having too much sugar. Everything in moderation I guess…..I do cook and bake at home as much as I can, trying to avoid the unnecessary additives. Luckily my kids, especially my daughter, also enjoy cooking. One day during her winter break, her friend came over and they made lunch together ! Not just a simple sandwich, but some impressive cheeseburgers, fettuccine Alfredo and Caesar salad from scratch ! And they didn’t need much of my help, I was just the cleaning lady ! The food tasted fantastic and the girls had so much fun. That’s a way better activity than playing video games ! 

Getting back to my “trying to be healthy” recipe…..Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats ! It’s yummy and super easy to make ! See this picture……..

That’s all you need ! So enjoy ! (BTW, my daughter and I were so excited when we found out how to do this illustrative picture ! We learned something new again !)  

Makes 1 serving 

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder 
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/2 banana
  1. Mix all ingredients, except banana, in a mason jar
  2. Refrigerate overnight 
  3. Place banana pieces on top just before serving 

Funfetti Cheesecake 

Can’t believe 2017 is almost over ! It has been a fun and eventful year for me ! I have tried a number of new things…..I did a 10K run (and I actually ran the whole 10K, not walking !) I did two Christmas markets, selling my cookies for the very first time…..I have also injured my feet (plantar fasciitis) and I am not sure when they will completely healed….but oh well, that’s an age thing too, I guess……But overall, I think I had more good than bad this year ! I hope 2018 will be even better, I already have many plans in my mind ! Hope yours will be a prosperous one too ! 

Here is a fun cake to make for New Year ! Funfetti Cheesecake ! I added some rainbow sprinkles to a basic cheesecake recipe and used shortbread cookies for the crust. I baked the cheesecake in a hot water bath to prevent the cake from cracking….Hope you’ll enjoy it and have a fun New Year ! 

Makes one 6-inch cake

For the crust 

  • 150 g shortbread cookie crumbs (you can use any cookies of your choice)
  • 45 g unsalted butter, melted 

For the filling 

  • 500 g light cream cheese, softened 
  • 180 g granulated sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • 30 g all-purpose flour 
  • 7.5 mL pure vanilla extract 
  • 25 g rainbow sprinkles

Extra sprinkles and whipped cream for decorating if needed 

  1. To make the crust, mix cookie crumbs and melted butter together 
  2. Press firmly onto bottom of a 6-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper 
  3. Bake for about 8 minutes, cool slightly 
  4. To make the filling, beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth using an electric mixer 
  5. Add eggs, flour and vanilla, mix until blended 
  6. Fold in sprinkles 
  7. Pour into pan, smooth with a spatula and bake in a hot water bath for 50-60 minutes. You can wrap the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil to prevent seepage 
  8. Cool completely, then refrigerate 
  9. When ready to serve, remove cake from pan, decorate with whipped cream and more sprinkles 


Gingerbread Eggnog Trifle

Christmas is only 2 days away ! It is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the craziest time of the year ! Shopping, baking, cooking, decorating…..I think we all wish we had 48 hours in a day ! But to me, spending time with family and friends is more important and is the best Christmas gift of all ! So, I decided to make this quick dessert so I can have more time snuggling with my kids after dinner ! Gingerbread and eggnog ! Nothing says Christmas more than these two  flavours together and it’s so simple to make ! You can even get the kids to make their own dessert !  Have a very Merry Christmas everyone ! 

Makes about 6 – 8 servings

    • About 10 gingerbread cookies
    • 500 g vanilla cake, break into chunks (you can use store-bought cake or I just used mug cakes, see recipe below)
    • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
    • 500 mL light eggnog
    • 250 mL cold whipping cream
    1. Add eggnog to pudding mix, whisk for about 2 minutes until thick, keep in refrigerator until use
    2. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat whipping cream until stiff peak
    3. Crush gingerbread cookies into pieces 
    4. To assemble, layer cookies, cake, pudding and whipped cream
    5. Sprinkle top with more cookie crumbs 

For the mug cake

  • 75 g unsalted butter, melted, cool slightly 
  • 120 g granulated sugar
  • 120 mL milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 mL pure vanilla extract
  • 90 g self-rising flour
  1. Coat inside of mugs with about a tablespoon of melted butter
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, milk, remaining melted butter, vanilla extract and eggs until blended 
  3. Add flour, whisk until smooth
  4. Pour into mugs, no more than half-full
  5. Microwave each for about 90 seconds