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Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

This delicious Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie is a perfect recipe for the holiday season!  Soft nutty flavour with a sweet and cinnamon-y topping!

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Today I have something really fun happening!  I’ve come together with a group of food bloggers to each share a delicious holiday cookie recipe with you!  So welcome to this very special Canadian Cookie Collaboration between the Canadian Food Creatives and the Canadian Christmas Cookie Exchange!  I hope you can find some delicious recipes for your holiday season!

For this cookie exchange I decided to share my recipe for Jewish Shortbread, but with a twist!  I made a cookie pie using the fantastic Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan!  I try to make Jewish shortbread every year because it’s one of my favourite Christmas cookies…you could always find this classic crescent shaped cookie on Grandma’s cookie plate…I always loved that they were covered in cinnamon sugar!

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

But instead of making individual crescent shaped cookies, I decided to make this cookie pie with Grandma’s recipe for Jewish Shortbread. To make this cookie pie, I just pressed the cookie dough into this special shallow pan, then baked it for about 45 minutes.  I thought preparing it this way would be a nice twist on Grandma’s classic recipe, and it was!

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

I’m really happy with how this cookie pie turned out!  I love the soft nutty flavour of the ground pecans, with the sweetness of the cinnamon sugar mix on the top.  Classic Christmas cookie flavour!  These cookies are rich and delicious, and you might want to cut them into smaller pieces…or not.

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And how pretty does it look out of this pan?  So lovely.

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

I really liked using this pan for cookie baking and I plan on making a classic shortbread cookie pie with it.  I think next time I would make sure to press the dough a little harder into the pan for better snowflake definition.  Anyway, it was delicious!

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Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

Ingredients

Jewish Cookie:

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely ground pecans
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • pinch salt

Topping:

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, until it is smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla, and miix.
  4. Add the ground pecans, flour and salt. Mix well.
  5. Light grease an 8x8 baking pan (I am using the Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan)
  6. Press the cookie batter into the pan. You may find the batter sticky, so use a piece of saran wrap over your fingers to help you spread the batter evenly.
  7. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, or until the edges are soft golden brown.
  8. While the cookies are baking, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  9. After the cookie pie has finished baking, let it sit in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn the large cookie onto a plate, and generously sprinkle the top with the cinnamon sugar mix.
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. Cut into pieces and serve!
  12. Enjoy

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Now let’s visit some fantastic Canadian Bloggers for more holiday cookie recipes:

Holiday Cookie Recipe Ideas

Have a very Merry and delicious day!

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Disclosure:  Thank you to Nordic Ware for providing the Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan that I used to make this fun and festive Jewish Cookie Pie!  All opinions and thoughts about this pan are my own!  It’s a super fun way to make cookies!

Honey Nut Brie Appetizer

Honey Nut Brie Appetizer

Make this simple and delicious Honey Nut Brie Appetizer for your next party!  You can have it prepared and on the appetizer table in about 15 minutes!

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When ever I go to a party and I see a Brie on the table I do a little happy dance inside.  I cannot resist Brie cheese.  It’s so creamy and delicious and pairs so well with everything. Left to my own devices I could literally eat an entire wheel by myself.  I would regret it on many levels, but oh my, can you just imagine?

Honey Nut Brie Appetizer

Brie goes with everything.  But I wonder, does anything pair with Brie cheese better than something sweet?  I don’t think so.  Every time I make a baked Brie I seem to add some kind of sweet jam or compote because the sweetness just goes so well with the creaminess of the cheese.

Honey Nut Brie Appetizer

Then I thought what about something simple like honey and nuts?  I’m all about keeping things simple, especially around the holidays.  If I can whip up something delicious that I know my guests will enjoy, and be able to do it in minutes, I’m sold.  Enter, the Honey Nut Brie Appetizer.  A deliciously sweet and creamy honey sauce with crunchy delicious pecans, served over a creamy Brie cheese wheel.  So delicious.  You can serve the Brie at room temperature, or bake it (which is best), and serve it up with your favourite dippers.

Honey Nut Brie Appetizer

This Honey Nut Brie takes about 15 minutes total to make.  Serve it with apple slices, fresh grapes, slices of baguette and crackers.  So decadent and delicious!

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Honey Nut Brie

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Jo-Anna Rooney

Ingredients

  • 1 Brie cheese wheel
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • slices of baguette
  • apples
  • grapes

Instructions

  1. Chop the pecans, keeping the size coarse. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan on low heat melt the butter.
  3. Stir in the honey and brown sugar, until smooth and the sugar is dissolved. Be careful not to cook the mixture or let it boil or the honey/sugar mix will become too hard. You just want the sugar to dissolve.
  4. Stir in the chopped pecans.

Serving Option #1:

  1. You can serve this sauce over a room temperature Brie, if you prefer.
  2. Just pour the honey/nut mixture over the Brie cheese wheel and serve.

Serving Option #2:

  1. If you like your Brie soft and a little warm, you can bake this dish as well.
  2. Just pour the honey/nut mixture over the Brie cheese wheel, then put it in a 350 degree oven for about 5-8 minutes, or until the Brie has softened, but not burst.

Dippers:

  1. Serve with slices of fresh baguette or crackers, and some apple slices and grapes.

If you love Brie, here are more delicious recipe ideas!

Brie with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Brie with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Brie with Homemade Apple Butter

Brie with Homemade Apple Butter

Cedar Planked Fruit & Wine Brie Bites

Cedar Planked Fruit & Wine Brie Bites

 Puff Pastry Baked Brie with Blueberry Chutney

Puff Pastry Baked Brie with Blueberry Chutney

 Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney

Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney

Have a delicious day!

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Holiday Drinks with the Saeco GranBaristo Avanti!

I am working with Saeco in reviewing their new GranBaristo Avanti espresso machine.  I honestly have never had better coffee than what this machine makes.  And we’ve been having some fun creating some holiday drinks with it!  I wanted to share with you, and show you one of the many holiday drinks it is capable of making.

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I do officially declare that it’s holiday season over here!  Next weekend we are going to decorate and put up the tree, I bought our first container of eggnog, I’ve been making wreaths, and the Christmas tunes are sneaking into playlists!  I love love this time of year.

And now that it’s the holiday season, pumpkin spice everything has moved on out, and eggnog everything has moved on in.  I especially love specialty eggnog drinks this time of year, and now that we have our new Saeco GranBaristo Avanti espresso machine at home, we have been making so many delicious holiday drinks.  No more trips to the ‘Bucks for us.

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If it’s possible to love my GranBaristo any more, I especially adore it during the holiday season because I can brew Eggnog Lattes, Eggnog Flat Whites, Steamed Eggnog, Hot Chocolate, Mochas, coffee and Bailey’s.  SO many delicious holiday drinks!

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Look at that beautiful steam!

In particular, we are especially loving Eggnog Lattes and Eggnog Flat Whites.  There is just no coffee drink more delicious than one with creamy microfoam over a shot of espresso…I’ll take mine with extra foam please!  😉

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The mix of steamed eggnog and smooth velvet eggnog foam is holiday season in a mug.  Want to come over for coffee?

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I’m looking forward to having friends and family over for brunch so we can program our Saeco with delicious drink orders and sip them alongside a Baked French Toast.  Sounds like a perfect gathering.

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Make an Eggnog Flat White and sprinkle it with cinnamon!  Delicious!

If you’re considering adding a Saeco GranBaristo to your Christmas list this year you should (I love it so much I added it my Favourite Things Holiday Gift List)!  With this new model you can make coffee right from the app on your phone. So you can be lying in bed and with the press of a button, your coffee will brew!  Plus if you have a number of guests stop by for coffee, you can program your machine with all of their orders!  And the machine is small enough that it will fit in seamlessly in your kitchen…it’s really not much bigger than a regular coffee maker.  So awesome.

Have a very Merry and delicious day!

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Disclosure:  Saeco generously provided the GranBaristo Avanti Espresso Machine for this post, and I was paid for my time, but as always the ideas, recipe, photos and opinions stated here are mine.  We are loving our GranBaristo Avanti!

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Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers

Step into the holiday season with some Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers made with Boursin Cheese!

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With the holiday season upon us, this also means it’s entertaining season!  There’s just something about this time of year that makes gathering with friends and family feel so magical.  It’s the perfect time to catch up and enjoy each other over drinks and really delicious food.  It’s wonderful to get a little dressed up, put on some holiday music and share food and drinks with the ones that mean the most to you.

Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers {A Pretty Life}

One of my favourite ways to entertain is to invite friends and family over for drinks and appetizers, as opposed to a full dinner party.  It’s nice to focus on an arrangement of delicious finger foods that are easy to prepare and that everyone will love.  The key to a successful party for me, is to keep the food simple, yet delicious.

Cranberry Pepper Boursin Figs with Pepita Brittle {A Pretty Life}

So in spirit of the holiday season, I recently held a little Welcome To Winter Party with a group of close friends and family.  I set out an appetizer table for my guests to gather and mingle around, and dressed it in white faux fur, some twinkly lights and simple greenery.  I really wanted the decor to be simple, so the food could be the star!

Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers {A Pretty Life}

And the stars of the show were delicious appetizers that I made using Boursin Cheese.  Boursin Cheese is wonderful enjoyed on it’s own, and we love to cut off pieces and put it on bread, but it’s also fantastic in easy and elegant appetizers.

For this party I made Lemony Mushroom Crostinis with Shallot & Chive Boursin; Cranberry & Pepper Boursin Figs with Pepita Brittle; Boursin-Stuffed Potatoes with Red Chili Pepper Boursin; and Smoked Salmon Canapes with Cracked Black Pepper Boursin.  All SO delicious, but easy to make.  They may look fancy, but they’re not difficult to assemble!

Cranberry Pepper Boursin Figs with Pepita Brittle {A Pretty Life}

These Cranberry & Pepper Boursin Figs with Pepita Brittle were really easy to make.  Made with sliced fresh figs, Cranberry & Pepper Boursin, all topped off with a sweet crunch from homemade pepita brittle.  Easy and gorgeous!

Smoked Salmon Canapes with Cracked Black Pepper Boursin {A Pretty Life}

I love smoked salmon so I really enjoyed these Smoked Salmon Canapes with Cracked Black Pepper Boursin.  The Cracked Black Pepper Boursin paired perfectly with the fresh radish slices, smoked salmon and fresh dill.  And these too were very simple to assemble!

Smoked Salmon Canapes with Cracked Black Pepper Boursin {A Pretty Life}

Boursin-Stuffed Potatoes with Red Chili Pepper Boursin {A Pretty Life}

These Boursin-Stuffed Potatoes with Red Chili Pepper Boursin were also a big hit!  They’re creamy and spicy, and I loved how easy they were to put together!  I might even try making larger versions of these as a side dish for dinner…yum.

Lemony Mushroom Crostinis with Shallot & Chive Boursin {A Pretty Life}

My favourite though were these Lemony Mushroom Crostinis with Shallot & Chive Boursin.  I loved the flavour combination of the lemon with the mushrooms with the shallots and chives.  Absolutely delicious.  I think these are going to be a holiday staple at parties around here.

Lemony Mushroom Crostinis with Shallot & Chive Boursin {A Pretty Life}

This recipe is simple to make, and the results are so delicious!  It was my favourite, so I thought I would share the recipe for them, with you!

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Lemony Mushroom Crostini with Shallot & Chive Boursin

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Baguette:

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • in Half demi-baguette cut into 1/4- thick baguette slices, about 12

Mushroom Mixture:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 227- g pkg sliced mixed mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley divided
  • 1/2 cup Shallot & Chive Boursin

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brush the baguette slices on both sides with oil, then toast on a baking sheet until
  3. golden, about 7 min.
  4. Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Add shallot, mushrooms and salt. Cook until mushrooms are soft and the liquid evaporates, about 6 minutes.
  5. Once the mushrooms are cooked, remove them from the heat.
  6. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice and 3 tbsp of parsley.
  7. Spread 2 tsp of the Shallot & Chive Boursin on each toast.
  8. Top with a tablespoon of the mushroom mixture.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tbsp parsley.
  10. Enjoy!

Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers {A Pretty Life}

I also served a Cranberry & Pepper Boursin on it’s own as an appetizer and I showed my guests the Boursin Ritual.  Did you know that there is a special way to open a Boursin Cheese?  Step 1:  Open your cheese with the logo facing down on the table.  Step 2: Open the cheese from the top, and take out the aluminum lid on top.  Step 3: Open the corolla like you would eat a cupcake leaving it around the cheese and deposit it on the table as is.  Enjoy!

Easy & Elegant Holiday Appetizers {A Pretty Life}

I really enjoyed our first gathering of the holiday season (maybe you even caught a glimpse of it on my Instagram story), and I’m looking forward to more entertaining in the upcoming weeks!  I hope by stopping here today, you were able to gather inspiration for your own holiday parties this season!

More Delicious Appetizer Ideas

For the recipes of the 3 other delicious appetizers, you can find them here:

Have a delicious day!

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Disclosure:  As a Chatelaine Taster & Tester, I received compensation for participating in this Boursin Cheese program, however all views are my own.

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Giving the Gift of Homemade

Homemade gifts are the best kind of gifts to give and receive.  This Cranberry Balsamic Chutney would make a lovely holiday hostess gift!

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In all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, gift giving can feel overwhelming and not very personal.  Sometimes during the rush of it all I find myself buying a gift for someone just so I can check it off my list, but more and more I don’t like to do this.  I’m learning that gift giving really doesn’t need to be so difficult, because most people love and appreciate a gift that comes from the heart.  And what better kind of gift from the heart than one that you make yourself?

When I receive a gift that someone has taken the time to make, I am thrilled.  I picture them at their kitchen counter, or at their craft table creating with their heart and their hands, and that is an amazing thing.  It becomes more than just a gift, it’s a little piece of them.

Homemade gifts need not be complicated either!  You can make a batch of jam or nuts & bolts and package them up in little mason jars for all of your friends.  They can be simple things like handmade tree ornaments, a jar of coconut sugar scrub, a jar of very merry homemade cupcake mix…if you made it, it’s the loveliest gift of all.

Giving the Gift of Homemade: Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney

This year for something a little different, I made a batch of Cranberry Balsamic Chutney to share as hostess gifts.  I’m packaging this chutney in decorated mason jars and giving it with a little wheel of Brie cheese.  This is a gift that the hostess can share right at their gathering, or save for another time.  Really, food is a wonderful gift to give and receive.

Giving the Gift of Homemade: Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney

For these gifts I used small mason jars, and cut out circles of sequin covered fabric.  So simple, festive and pretty!  Add a wheel of Brie cheese and maybe even a fresh baguette, and you have the nicest little gift.  Wouldn’t you love to receive this?

Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney

I’m sharing the delicious recipe for this Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney over on the Kendall-Jackson blog!  Stop by to save this appetizer for your next holiday get together!

Have a delicious day!

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Disclosure:  I am working with Kendall-Jackson wines to bring you some delicious recipes!  But as always the recipe, my voice, all content, and opinions are mine alone.  Enjoy!

Beef Stroganoff Meatballs  {A Pretty Life}

Beef Stroganoff Meatballs

These delicious and hearty Beef Stroganoff Meatballs are a great dinner idea!  Ready in less than 1 hour!

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Oh man, the last few weeks have absolutely kicked me in the pants.  So many annoying and trying things coming at me all at once, but the worst, the WORST was my toothache.  I have never, in the history of ever, felt pain like that.  I have had babies and surgeries and nothing compared to the pain of this toothache.  Honestly, it rendered me completely useless…I haven’t been able to sleep, or work or talk or really do anything because the pain just took over.  But I’m hopeful that I have turned the corner and am now on the mend…please let me have turned the corner, because whoa, am I tired.  And hungry. All I’ve been able to eat is soup with nothing in it…just broth or plain cream soups.  UGH.  What I’m really craving are hearty and delicious dishes like these Beef Stroganoff Meatballs.

Beef Stroganoff Meatballs  {A Pretty Life}

These meatballs are one of my favourite comfort foods, and all I really want right now are foods that make me feel good and fill me up.  Because soup everyday all day just doesn’t cut it.  I want these Beef Stroganoff Meatballs on my plate right now…I just love the rich and hearty flavour of the sauce combined with the meatballs and pasta…so delicious.

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This recipe is pretty easy to assemble so you can even enjoy it on a busy weeknight. The whole process from making the meatballs, to making the sauce and cooking the pasta, takes just under 1 hour!  So start at 5, and dinner is ready for 6. I also love that this dish is made with ingredients you likely already have at home.  Simple, hearty and delicious!

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Beef Stroganoff Meatballs

Course Beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup minute oats
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • salt & pepper

Sauce:

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 can consomme
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Noodles

Instructions

Making the Meatballs:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the ground beef, minced onion, egg, oats, milk and salt & pepper.
  3. Shape into meatballs, about 1 1/2 inches round.
  4. Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the centres are not pink.

Making the Sauce:

  1. While the meatballs are baking, you can start the sauce.
  2. In a skillet brown the onions in butter.
  3. Once the onions are done, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the ketchup and consomme. Stir and cook until the sauce is thickened.
  5. Stir in the sour cream.

Putting it all together:

  1. Add the meatballs to the sauce, and simmer for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Serve over noodles!

Recipe adapted from The Best of Bridge.

Recipe Options:

  • If you love mushrooms with your beef stroganoff, feel free to add them.  Just add 2 cups of sliced mushrooms and cook them with the onions and butter, until soft and the liquid has disappeared.  Then proceed with the recipe as is.
  • You can serve these Beef Stroganoff Meatballs with pasta, or if you prefer, mashed potatoes.
  • For a complete meal, serve with a simple green salad, or green veggie.
  • I also have a chicken option if you prefer this to beef.  Just click here for that recipe.

I hope you try this and love it as much as we do!

Have a delicious day!

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Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake  {A Pretty Life}

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

Make this rich and delicious Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake for your next dessert!  10 minutes to prepare, 35 minutes to bake then you have an amazing dessert ready to enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

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I remember having this chocolate pudding cake for dessert as a kid.  My mom would make it and we’d eat it all warm and gooey from the oven with scoops of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.  And I loved it, like LOVED it.  I mean it’s chocolate pudding AND chocolate cake all at the same time, so that’s pretty hard not to love.

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I had all but forgotten about this dessert, until I recently came across my Grandma’s cookbook while doing some organizing at home.  Yes, my Grandma wrote a cookbook, called Food and Fun!  Cooking and sharing recipes is in the family genes.  I flipped through the pages with a nostalgic pang in my heart as I recognized many recipes Grandma made for us when we visited the farm.  My Grandma is an amazing cook.

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What a treasure this book is.  I thought what better way to honour her book and all of her hard work to put it together, than to begin cooking her recipes for my family.  I decided to start with Grandma’s Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake…my kids minds are about to be blown!  Chocolate cake and chocolate pudding with whipped cream?  And on a weeknight?!  Whoa Nelly.  They’re going to love it.

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What exactly is a pudding cake?

Now before we get to the actual recipe let’s just talk about pudding cakes.  They’re kind of a weird dessert…weird but delicious.  Pudding cakes are made in 2 layers, the first layer is cake batter and the second layer is the liquid layer that will turn into the pudding.  It’s like strange dessert magic.  Chocolate cake batter + chocolatey liquid = Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake.  And trust me on this one, DO NOT mix the 2 layers.  It will work.  Believe me mmmmmkay

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake {A Pretty Life}

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake {A Pretty Life}

For this pudding cake I wanted to bump up the chocolate flavour, so I decided to play with the recipe just a little bit.  I know from past baking experience that coffee really elevates the chocolatey flavour of desserts, and without adding a strong coffee flavour.  So I added a cup and half of fresh brewed coffee to the recipe, instead of just hot water.  I know that it might seem strange, but it’s true…you don’t taste the coffee, you just taste rich chocolate flavour.  And if you’re worried about caffeine, just use decaf like I do.  For the extra rich flavour, coffee is really worth adding.

Saeco GranBaristo Avanti

So I added a fresh brewed cup of decaf coffee that I made with my new Saeco GranBaristo Avanti.  I am a self confessed coffee snob, and won’t drink anything else (not even the ‘bucks).  The coffee from this machine is the best.  THE best.  I recently received this new espresso machine to try out, and I love it as much as the first one I had, except with this newer model you can choose from 18 different drink options and make it from your phone!  Yes.  You can be laying in bed, and make a coffee with your phone.  True story.  Or if you have a few friends over, you can load all of their drink orders into the app, and then line up your mugs.  So awesome.  Anyway, because the coffee it makes is so flavourful, I knew it would be perfect in this dessert.

Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake {A Pretty Life}

This rich and delicious dessert is so simple to make, you can even have it on a weeknight!  Basically 10 minutes to prepare, and 40 minutes to bake. In fact you could even put it in the oven just as you sit down for dinner, then it would be ready just as you’re finishing up.  Your family will think you’re a rockstar.  I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we did!

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Deluxe Chocolate Pudding Cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Grandma

Ingredients

Layer #1

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder heaping is good!
  • 1/2 cup cream I use Half & Half
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Layer #2

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh brewed coffee or water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Layer #1:

  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa.
  2. Stir in the 1/2 cup cream and vanilla.
  3. Spread mixture into an 8x8 pan.

Layer #2:

  1. In a separate bowl, stir together the coffee, cocoa powder and brown sugar.

Putting it all together:

  1. Pour the coffee mixture over the cake batter, but DON'T STIR.
  2. Place it in the oven and bake for 40 - 45 minutes.
  3. Serve warm or hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

Have a delicious day!

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Disclosure:  Saeco generously provided the GranBaristo Avanti Espresso Machine for this post, and I was paid for my time, but as always the ideas, recipe, photos and opinions stated here are mine.  We are loving our GranBaristo Avanti!