Linzer Speculaas Carrot Cake Bunny Squares

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YYYYAAAABBBAAAA DAAABBAAA DOOOO LONG WEEKEND!!!

Are the Flintstones still on T.V? Do you youngin’s know who the Flintstones are … Justin Timberlake said he was old at the Radio Music Awards … What the heck is happening to the world around me … 0o0o0o bunnies!!

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Needless to say I’m PUMPED about the long weekend. To be honest, I don’t have much planned – just lots of family time and food. The usual long weekend shenanigans … oh yes, and of course an Easter egg hunt.

My brother, husband and I are all adults … I get it – there really are no kids nearby … but that’s why our Easter egg hunts are AMAZING!!

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Some years we switch things up a bit, and we hide Easter chocolates for our parents to find … SO FREAKING HILARIOUS … not so fun, is finding week old chocolates in random places ( maybe a surprise in disguise to be honest). I thought since you’ll probably get your chocolate fix through Cadbury mini eggs … SERIOUSLY HOW ARE THESE SO ADDICTIVE … I’ve eaten the weight of a small child, in eggs in the last …. 24 hours – I’d say sorry … my tummy ache is making me say sorry … but it was sooooo good.

And still, easter isn’t the same without a little carrot cake .. and what’s dinner without dessert.

It’s a Carrot cake and cheese cake mish-mosh … and it’s so cute!!


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This was supposed to be a jelly-roll sort of cake … buuuttt … I wanted cute bunnies. I’m also super scared of rolling a cake .. what if it cracks … what if the cake isn’t all the same thickness… seriously, too much stress for a dessert.

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 I’m so happy with the way these squares came out – they’re delicious, pretty and technically 2 desserts in one – WINNING!!

 Linzer Speculaas Carrot Cake Bunny Squares

 Speculaas Carrot Cake Layer

  •  3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamon powder
  • 3/4 cup flour + 1 tsp for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup crushed Biscoff or Speculaas cookies ( approx 3 cookies)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots

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Cheesecake layer

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 14-ounce can (1 1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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 Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll pan with foil, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1 tsp of flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, sugars, oil, vanilla extract and coconut extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together salt, baking powder, ginger, all spice, cinnamon, cardamom, 3/4 cup flour and crushed Speculaas cookies.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients until blended — stir in carrots.
  5. Spread in prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely — approximately 30 min. This is  the best time to make the cheesecake layer.

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  1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  2. Once your cake layer has cooled, taking your favourite cookie cutter ( I used a bunny) make cut outs, leaving 1 inch of cake between each.
  3. Remove the center of each of your cutouts ( helllloooo snack time!!)
  4. Layer your cheesecake batter over entire pan – filling in our bunny cutouts.
  5. Refrigerate for at least an hour / overnight.
  6. Once set, turn over onto a clean surface and slice.

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I hope everyone has a delicious, safe Easter Long Weekend!!

Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread

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HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!

Confession : I’ve posted many st.patty’s day appropriate snacks on LTSL but, can anything compare to delicious bread fresh from the oven slathered with butta … not even butter or forget margarine … you want enough butter on this pot of gold, that you start calling it butta …

Unlike most celebrations, instead of celebrating with cake today … you need bread. Stick a candle in it, do a little jig, pour yourself a drink annnndddd celebrate!!  You also need this Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread because you’re responsible and when you OD on Guinness, green beer or (and) whisky tonight, you know you’re going to want to curl up with something delicious.. or you could just be like me and truly believe break fixes everything.

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Also this bread is actually easier than most.

No rise.

No yeast.

Big win.

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Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread

 Ingredients

3 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 cup pastry flour

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup cold margarine

2 cups cranberries

1 tablespoons fennel seeds

2 1/2 cups milk

1 tbsp + 2 ¼ tsp Cream of tartar

1 large egg

1 Tsp Orange extract

3 tbsp cornmeal

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 Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter heavy cast iron skillet and sprinkle with cornmeal.

In a medium dish, combine milk and cream of tartar. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In large bowl, whisk together both flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Add margarine; using fingertips to incorporate until the mixture is the consistency of corn meal. Stir in cranberries and fennel seeds.

Whisk together egg and orange extract. Gently fold into milk mixture.

add to dough. Stir just until well incorporated.

Transfer dough to prepared skillet; smooth top, mounting slightly in center. Using small sharp knife dipped into flour, cut 1-inch-deep “X” in top center of dough.

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Bake until bread is cooked through and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool bread in skillet 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

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Hope you have a lucky St. Patrick’s day my little leprechauns xo