Hot Lunch Club

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March 2016

Flourless Chocolate Mug Cake

by Jen Kwan, on cake, chocolate, almond flour, flourless, baking

As with all mug cakes, a craving hit and off I went to the kitchen to experiment (after getting lost on Pinterest for 20 minutes.) With my trusty kitchen scale set under my mug I dosed in the ingredients one stage at a time combining different methods and techniques often used in baking chocolate cakes. This version involves the use of chocolate chips as well as cocoa powder giving it…



April 2014

Looks Like A Carrot Cupcake

by Jen Kwan, on cake, baking, carrot, cupcake

I'm not going to write about how delightful it is to trick yourself into eating vegetables in your dessert. I love carrots and will eat them any way, so there will be no trickery involved here. They look like carrot cupcakes don't they? Well, they are, they're just a bit different. I wouldn't call this a twist, just different. First, I was in search of a simple carrot cupcake and…



March 2014

Preserve Bars

by Jen Kwan, on bar, fruit, cookie, oats, baking

In preparation for things to come, my boyfriend and I are attempting to empty our pantry out item by item. Today's special two items: blackberry preserves rolled oats The blackberry preserves in question had been sitting in our fridge untouched since the first taste because it was over-sweetened. Attempting to balance it out with some oats didn't really cut it. The bars would work out well with any preserve/jam/…



February 2014

Cranberry Mandarin Muffins

by Jen Kwan, on muffin, breakfast, orange, cranberry, baking

Cranberry + orange is one of my favourite flavour combinations especially when baked into breakfast sweets such as muffins, scones, and quickbreads. These are modified from this recipe using ingredients that I had on hand. Since I did not have oranges or orange juice, I substituted in seasonal mandarin oranges. After the oranges were zested I peeled them, blended the flesh, and "juiced" them through a fine sieve. It seemed like…



February 2014

Ranger Cookies With Chocolate Chips

by Jen Kwan, on chocolate chips, coconut, oats, baking, cookies

These cookies were recommended to me by a coworker. They are sweet, crunchy, and chewy with just a touch of chocolate. I halved this recipe from the King Arthur Flour archives. There are a few deviations dependant on ingredient availability in my kitchen and personal preferences. The essential crisp rice cereal is not pictured but we can all imagine that iconic blue box standing in the back right row there.…