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Instagram Live Recipes – Apple Oat Muffins

 

APPLE OAT MUFFINS

240mL milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar (apple cider/white/malt/something fruity)
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
2 eggs
1/2 cup veg oil

1+1/2 cups oats (rolled or otherwise)
1 cup light brown sugar
2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Mix the lemon juice/vinegar together with the milk

2. Combine oats, applesauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil and soured milk in step 1, mix together until homogeneous (these are the WET ingredients)

3. Mix up eggs until yolks and whites are homogeneous, leave aside

4. Combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix together with a whisk or fork until homogeneous (these are the DRY ingredients)

5. Mix eggs into wet ingredients and then immediately add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, important not to overmix!

6. Leave to sit for 2-3 hours in the fridge if you can! Overnight is even better 🙂

7. Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit, portion muffins (with or without muffin liners) and mix-in fruit/seeds etc as you wish (optional) and decorate tops with sugar/apple slices/fruit/seeds etc as you wish (optional). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into middle of a muffin comes out clean.

8. Enjoy!

 

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Instagram Live Recipes – CARROT CAKE / MUFFINS

 

CARROT CAKE (makes 1 Loaf / 12 Muffins)
1 egg
1/4 scant cup of soured milk (using 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to sour)
3/4 cups white sugar (or 1/2 cup white, 1/4 cup brown)
1/2 cup veg oil
2 cups loose packed coarse grated carrots1+1/4 cups AP flour (or 3/4 cups AP and 1/2 wholewheat)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (3/8 teaspoon if including brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ginger (optional)
pinch salt (optional)

 

 

CREAM CHEESE SWIRL (optional)

4oz (half standard 8oz block) cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
3 Tablespoons AP flour
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (optional)

Instructions for Carrot Cake

1. Mix the lemon juice/vinegar together with the milk
2. Combine sugar, vegetable oil and soured milk in step 1, mix together until homogeneous (these are the WET ingredients)
3. Mix up eggs until yolks and whites are homogeneous, leave aside
4. Combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt, mix together with a whisk or fork until homogeneous (these are the DRY ingredients)
5. Mix eggs into wet ingredients and then immediately add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, important not to overmix!
6. Preheat oven to 350 fahrenheit, portion loaf or muffins (with or without muffin liners) and swirl in cream cheese swirl if using. Bake for ~15-20 minutes (for muffins), ~50-60 mins (for loaf) or until a skewer inserted into middle of the cake comes out clean
8. Enjoy!

Instructions for Cream Cheese Swirl

1. Mix the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth
2. Add egg, mix together until homogeneous
3. Add flour (sifted), zest and fold in until just combined

 

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Le Dolci Treats Through Ethan’s Eyes (And Stomach)

Hello again, Ethan’s back!
 
So, my last blog post was solely about Le Dolci classes, but in this post I want to expand more on the amazing treats I’ve tasted (the best days are the ones that have meringue-buttercream in them), the neighbourhood, and just a lil’ bit more about some classes I’ve seen.
 
The treats. Oh my goodness. Everything ranging from the macarons, to the cookies, to the cupcakes, are all amazing. Seriously. I take a bite of any of the above and I swear I can hear holy choirs (having grown up in a foodie family, you can be rest assured that I know what I’m talking about). The cupcakes are made with an icing that is just, so buttery soft (like, I’m drooling). Okay. Breathe.
 
What I find really cool is that all of the baked goods that are presented in the little shop are all made here. I think that’s interesting because I’ve been to a lot of bakeries and a good third of their produce is from another bakery (not that there is anything against that), so I was surprised when I found out that the honeycomb toffee, the caramels, the popcorn are made by careful hands in the bakery. Again, there’s a little home in every bite (not literally).
 
The neighbourhood! It’s right across from Trinity Bellwoods. I mean, do I really have to go on? I’m kidding (not really). The neighbourhood is absolutely lovely, and we frequently get customers who are from the area – families, couples, fiancés and fiancées. Not to mention that there are so many dogs in this neighbourhood and they are all adorable. When I’m at the cash looking out I always see, on average, three dogs sniffing the grass of the park across the stress. **Sidenote: there’s this leonberger that comes in once in a while and he is just precious.** Funnily enough, some people walk in annoyed only because they have “just found this place and they live just up the street!” Needless to say, they leave with a treat or two in hand.
 
By now I’ve seen a couple classes happen. The latest one I’ve seen was the Decorating Cake Class. The teacher/pastry chef, Lindsey, instructed her students as they gently folded fondant on top of their crumb-coated cakes. The results were really impressive for students who had never worked with fondant before. They each made bunnies and little flowers in celebration of the past Easter weekend. They concentrated for about two hours, and wore smiles of satisfaction when their little masterpieces were finished – even better, they got to take their cakes home! (You go, Lindsey!)
 
Right now, I’m sitting at one of the tables finishing up this post. A black cake embellished with bright fondant flowers is staring back at me, the shop – closed – is quiet, the refrigerators are humming, keeping the icing cold, and the cakes in the shop sit patiently for their owners. No wonder why I look so forward to coming back here every weekend!
 
Make sure to book a foodie class or order a tasty treat!
 
See you all, and have a sweet and lovely week.

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It’s That Time of Year Again…

…Prom-Posals!

If you are looking for a different and fun way to ask that special someone to prom, we can help make that magical moment come to life. From cupcakes to macarons to cakes, the options are endless.

Give us a call at 416-262-3400 or e-mail orders@ledolci.com to place your order.

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Our Top 10 Cakes of 2014

Happy New Year! 2014 was a great year for us here at Le Dolci. Take a look at our favourite cakes of the past year. We want to thank all of our friends, family and customers in Toronto for making it a great year!

10. Noah’s Ark Cake

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9. Ombre mint green 51st Birthday Cake

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8.  Who doesn’t love a good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -TMNT Cake!

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7.  This hamburger cake.

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6. This wins for most random cake request of 2014: Pregnant Transformer with 9 Cats on the Cake

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5. Lovely June’s Frozen Cake

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4. We love this fresh floral cake
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3. No Soup for You – Seinfeld Cake
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2. We won Post Cities Magazine’s cake competition with this beauty! Our cake designer Annie went to Ontario College of Art & Design too.

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1. We were honoured to make Ripley’s Aquarium’s first birthday cake. This cake and all its critters tops our list for best cake of 2014!

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Thank you for spending the year with us, we hope yours was as good as ours. Wishing you all the best for 2015!

Don’t forget to stop by for a cupcake and a smile!

-Team Le Dolci

xoxo

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#LOCALTOMRKT – Awesome gifts for your fave people!

Le Dolci is joining #localTOmrkt, a market dedicated to supporting independent creators, local businesses and neighbourhoods of Toronto. The brand new event, hosted by AdHoc, a great organization that facilitates pop-up experiences (shops, markets, dining, music, art, entertainment) for small to large brands and organizations, will be a unique holiday shopping experience.

Find us at the market to shop for all the food lovers in your life…

– Sweet stocking stuffers

– Gift packages featuring certificates for our culinary classes

– Macarons (gift boxes for your loved ones and singles to sustain you during your shopping adventures!)

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This Season Sweeten Things up!

This holiday season sweeten things up with Le Dolci.
Call our special events team  to:

  • Book your holiday celebration
  • Rent our gorgeous studio
  • Send out sweet corporate gifts
  • Book a holiday-themed culinary class
  • Purchase gift certificates for your staff & family

Call our shop at 416-262-3400.

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