Category Archives: Baking

Pumpkin Pasties for all!

What is a Pumpkin Pasty?

Pumpkin Pastie

“Pumpkin Pasties are a wizarding food sold by the Honeydukes Express on the Hogwarts Express. They are sort of like a Cornish Pastie, but filled with pumpkin instead.

Harry Potter Background

Harry Potter tried them for the first time on the Hogwarts Express, at the start of his first year, when he famously impressed Ron Weasley by buying everything from the trolley saying “we’ll take the lot”. He bought some of everything off the food trolley, and then shared his food with Ron Weasley.

Pumpkin pasties were referenced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Define Pasty

Pasties are a traditional baked meat and pastry pie. This indicates that Pumpkin Pasties are similar fare, using pumpkin as the filling instead of meat and vegetables.”*

*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki

Bakery sold out?

No worries, you can make your very own pumpkin pasties!

Pumpkin Pasties

Makes 16 large pasties

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


  • 2 packages of Pillsbury pie crust
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 extra beaten egg for egg wash (optional)


  1. Take pie crust and cut into quarters.  You should end up with 16 triangles.
  2. Mix eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk and brown sugar in a bowl until incorporated.
  3. Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt, stir well.
  4. Take a triangle of crust and pinch together two ends so that you are left with a cone.
  5. Scope in 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin mixture into the cone and seal shut.
  6. Brush with egg wash – optional
  7. Repeat until all the crust is done.  You may have extra filling, you can always put it in a ramekin and bake it to enjoy.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
  9. Let sit at room temp or refrigerate for an hour before enjoying.

Enjoy your Monday class treat #BSMRCCE!



Monday Class Treat – Saltine Toffee

Happy Monday #BSMRCCE!

It’s Monday and you know what that means… Monday Class Treat!  This week’s treat is Saltine Toffee!

Saltine Toffee

I’ve been trying to bring in a variety of items for you to try.  This week I’ve brought you a candy that I make a lot around the holidays for gifts. This recipe normally calls for a sprinkling of nuts on top, but sadly, this week, I ran out of nuts so I’ve used coconut as a substitution.

Recipe Names

This recipe has a few names associated with it.  Such as:

  • Toffee Bark
  • White Trash Toffee
  • Saltine Toffee

The one I found it under may not be the most PC of names, which is why we will be calling it saltine toffee for class purposes :).


I found this recipe on the Yum Sugar website. This recipe is very flexible and you can make many changes and alternations as you like.

Try it out, it’s really easy and the results are addictive!  The recipe for ‘saltine toffee‘ can be found here.

I hope you all enjoy the treat tonight!


Baking is my Zen

January was a bit of an interesting month.  Getting back into the swing of things, full force ahead.  Sometimes, that can be a little stressful, so I try to find ways to deal with my stress… Thus baking and cooking.

When I started class this term, we were doing blogs as a part of our social media class.  Choosing a blog topic, naturally food came to mind.  I decided to bring my blog one step closer then pictures alone, I started bringing in Monday class treats!  This has been a great way to unwind from the week and look forward to a new week ahead and the week’s upcoming class.

Food Photography

Food - Pulled Pork and Pork and Ginger Dumplings

As I am quite proud of what a bake and cook, I started taking photos of my food in 2005.  I started using Flickr in 2007 and from there, added them slowly to Facebook and Twitter. I would like to improve my photography skills, but that is for another day, another post.

As I added more and more, friends and family didn’t mind if I brought samples around, I even received a few requests…  So I thought, instead of teasing the class, let’s start off each class on a sweet note.

Food Zen

It’s not only the cooking, baking (and eating) for me, I also love to read cookbooks and foodie writings, watch food network, talk about cooking and baking with friends, so and so forth.

I’m not sure why or how I got into food so much, but I’m glad I did, it’s something we can all relate to and enjoy!

What is your food Zen?  Do you have one?



You ever have so much to do, eventually you need or want to just write it down?  Well here are a few items on my list, off the top of my head, for anticipated items to do over the next week or two.


  • Irish Car Bomb Cheesecake
    • Create shopping list, style of cake and distribution
  • Cupcakes
  • Geek Food
  • Monday Class Treats


  • Latest in social media
  • Read text book up to chapter 4
  • Fellow classmate blogs
  • Book for book report


  • Write daily blog posts
  • Write on particular post on sushi and social media
  • Write blog posts on aforementioned baked goods
  • Write book report, due March 18
  • Comment on classmate blogs
  • Tweet

Geek Out

  • Prepare for Toronto ComiCon
    • Geek Recipes
    • Geek Food
    • Geek News
    • Geek Items
    • Geek Chic

Have I forgotten something?  Do you share most of these tasks?

Stay Tuned,

Vine – Bringing food ‘photograpy’ so close, you can almost taste it

I know, I know…You’re probably wondering where yesterday’s post was?  Ok, you win… I’ll get back on track sooner or later.

On Monday, we learned about a new app called Vine (only available on iTunes).  I had heard about this last weekend, but I didn’t pay much attention as it was meant for Videos.  That was, until it was brought up in class – they are only SIX SECOND videos?  After looking at the app, I thought to myself, ‘uh oh… this is like Instagram, but with video”!  Naturally as an ‘insta-addict’ (Instagram addict), I think I’ll enjoy Vine.

Why am I calling this ‘photography’?

Food photography is infamous. We all do it (don’t deny it), and it’s a nice memory of a great meal, great for letting the public know where they can get this meal and even try to make it at home.

With Vine, I feel people may use it to tape table side dishes, such as Caeser salad, steak tartar, roast carving, fish serving, crêpes flambé, etc. As well as family prayer, blowing out the candles of a birthday cake, etc.

Normally we take photos of these events and now, 6-second video clips will give us a new and real feeling of these events.

S-u-c-e-e-s-s that’s the way you spell success!

Ah, good ol’ Bart Simpson

After succeeding at home, I’ve already posted four videos, about food and my cats (I love my cats)!

Check out my 3 out of 4 videos on Vine:  here, here and here.

You’ll definitely be seeing a lot more food content in the near future :).

Have you tried Vine out?


Monday Class Treat – Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Monday’s Class Treat is…

Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Recipes can be a lot easier then you would think…

I’ve made this recipe a few times, it’s simple, rich and has layers of flavour.  I tend to decorate the top, it makes for easier handling and gives it a bit of colour aside from a solid sheet of chocolatey goodness.

When you have a recipe like this, I feel you can adapt it anyway you like, you just have to use your imagination.

This recipe comes from Eagle Brand and the recipe for Top Hat Triple Layer Bars can be found here.


What would you like to see me bake?  Leave a comment and share what food interests you!

I hope you enjoy!


Monday Class Treat – My Version of Cowboy Cookies

Hello, Hello!

It really does bother me when I don’t make a blog post daily, before midnight haha, oh well, the weekends are a time for rest (most of the time).

This post is going to talk about tomorrow’s class treat, which is:


Cowboy Cookies

Why Cowboy Cookies?

I was having a conversation with my sister and I was trying to think of what to bake for tomorrow’s class.  Well, I then said, OH, I will concoct cookies that you throw a whole bunch of yummy items in, to which she said, “oh like cowboy cookies?”.  That’s right… cowboy cookies, how could I forget?

Well, this is more of a play on cowboy cookies, as I  have added more items then the original recipe ( provided by Simply Recipes).  The original recipe consists of four items that makes them cowboy cookies:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Rolled oats
  • Coconut
  • Pecans


Here is my recipe for Cowboy Cookies.

Cowboy Cookies by Nahren Shamoka


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Skor bits
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine chocolate chips, Skor bits, rolled oats, miniature marshmallows, chopped almonds and shredded coconut in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  4. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chip mixture.  Keep working at it, dough will come together nicely.
  6. Chill dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  7. Drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are crisp but centers are still soft.
  9. Let cookies rest for 5-10 minutes on baking sheet before removing.

I really hope you enjoy my version of cowboy cookies.  They are fun, tasty and enjoyable for any occasion!

See you tomorrow #BSMRCCE gang (let’s hope I don’t forget these cookies lol)!


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