Who doesn't have a sweet spot for sweets? Here, a roundup of our most adored dessert and baked goods recipes of the year.
Whether it's a favourite dish you whip up with the kids, a showstopper you make for an event, or a special dessert you treat yourself to, we all have a few go-to recipes when we're in need of something sweet. But, in case you're looking for a new recipe to add to your list of favourites, we have a few amazing contenders lined up.
For the cake lover, you've got to try our Canada's Best Carrot Cake With Cheese Cheese Icing. This deliciously moist treat is perfect for all celebrations—birthdays, showers, reunions, and beyond.
The Christmas cookie lover will be all over our Cream Cheese Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies. They're soft and chewy and filled with a tangy cream cheese icing.
Like to enjoy your sweets with coffee? Go for our Pumpkin Scones With Whipped Brown Butter Icing, Chocolate Ginger Biscotti, Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf, or our Best Ever Apple Pie—satisfaction guaranteed.
And finally, for the true Canadians, you've got to try our Maple Fudge, Butter Tarts and Butter Tart Squares.
But, no matter which recipe you try—though we encourage you try them all!—you're guaranteed to have an amazing go-to dessert on your need-to-bake roster.
Our most popular recipe ever! This moist carrot cake is welcome at birthdays, weddings, reunions and all special occasions.
Get the recipe: Canada's Best Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing
This classic recipe for dense candy- shop fudge will be an instant family favourite.
Get the recipe: Maple Fudge
A brown butter spread gives flaky spiced pumpkin scones nutty flavour and an extra touch of sweetness.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Scones With Whipped Brown Butter Icing
Make your own delectable custardy tarts instead of buying them.
Get the recipe: Best Maple Butter Tarts
These soft, chewy ginger-spiced thumbprints are filled with a tangy cream cheese icing for the ultimate holiday treat.
Get the recipe: Cream Cheese Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies
Whether runny or firm, with raisins or nuts, butter tarts are treats that never go out of style.
Get the recipe: Best Butter Tarts
These twice-baked cookies are great for gifting because their dryness allows them to be stored for long periods of time and is less prone to breaking.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Ginger Biscotti
Studded with chocolate chips and crystallized ginger, this moist marbled loaf makes the best fall-flavoured afternoon treat.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf
It doesn't get any better than this.
Get the recipe: Best Ever Apple Pie
The perfect all-Canadian treat.
Get the recipe: Butter Tart Squares
Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins
Photography by Mark Burstyn Image by: Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn
Here's how to make your own shower bomb with essential oils for a whole new level of relaxation.
If you enjoy a hot shower or bath to help you relax at the end of a stress-filled day, you'll love these quick DIY shower bombs that allow you to add a soothing essential oil blend to your shower's steam. Essential oils have long been used to aid everything from sleep to energy.
Now Solutions created this recipe to help you get the benefits of essential oils through inhaling the scented steam of your shower—it's like your own home spa treatment. When these scents are diffused through steam, they reach the nerves in the olfactory cavity, which go right to the brain, so you're likely to feel the calming effects right away.
How to make your own shower bomb
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a mini-muffin tin with foil liners. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of water to form a thick paste. Pour by tablespoon into the mini-muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with several drops of essential oils.
For a shower bomb that will help you relax and unwind, Now recommends a blend of one drop of chamomile oil, two drops of lavender oil and two drops of sandalwood blend oil. But you can make your own blend, too. Clove essential oil is also soothing and comforting, as is ylang ylang. Or, if you're looking for a pick-me-up to start your day with, basil essential oil is known to be energizing, and bergamot and lemon are both uplifting scents.
When your shower bomb is ready, place it on your shower floor and enjoy the relaxing vapours.
Want more ways to destress? Check out these eight stress-busting habits.
Skate for fun. Skate to work. It's all part of winter in Ottawa (Courtesy: National Capital Commission)
A twilight skate to end a family-friendly day with the Parliament Buildings in the background. (Courtesy National Capital Commission)
Rent skates. Buy a hot snack. Embrace your outdoor mojo on Ottawa's Rideau Canal. (Courtesy: National Capital Commission)
And when the little ones are too tuckered out to skate, or don't know how, rent a kid-friendly sled! (Courtesy: Jantine/Ottawa Tourism)6 Factoids about the Rideau Canal in winter 1. The Skateway enables you to skate more than 7 kilometres, starting near the National Arts Centre and heading all the way south to Dow's Lake Pavilion. 2. If you don't have your own blades, no sweat. You can rent a pair of skates. 3. Can't skate or have little kiddies who tire out, no worries. You can rent a bright red sled and glide along the frozen canal route. 4. The Rideau Canal is the focal point for Ottawa's Winterlude during the first three weekends of February. Get all the details from Ottawa Tourism's Winterlude site. 5. Ottawa folks frequently skate to work. Watching skaters with knapsacks or brief cases is a common site. Beats taking the bus! 6. How does the Canal stay so smooth and skater-friendly? At night time, when the canal is free of skaters, city workers drill holes in the ice and pump water onto the surface to flood it. Smooth sailing for skaters the next morning! For more information, check out the Rideau Canal Skateway web site. Follow me on Twitter @DougONeill as we discover more enjoyable ways to embrace winter in Canada!