Baking for the Holidays

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year—and perhaps the busiest for VIU’s Professional Baking and Pastry Arts department. The department went through an intensive two weeks of holiday baking in early December to fulfill approximately $15k worth of orders for the VIU and Nanaimo community. The holiday delicacies range from classic … Continued

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of loving the cooler weather fall has brought us here on the Island. It means more indoor time to bake and sit by the fire (or heater, in my case). I recently made these bad boys and needed to share them. They are oh so gooey and … Continued

Vegan Mexican chocolate spice cookies

These are like a spicy, chocolatey version of snickerdoodles; perfect for those who like their cookies with a bit of a bite. Ingredients ½ cup vegan butter or margarine 1 cup sugar ¼ cup vegan milk 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups flour (can be gluten-free) 2 tsp baking powder ¼ cup cocoa powder 1 tsp … Continued

VIU baking instructor mixes things up to make things go wrong

Above: Photo courtesy of By Dane Gibson, VIU Communications Sometimes you have to get things wrong to make things right, a lesson students in the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Program are about to learn, as they gather around eight fresh-out-of-the-oven loaves of bread. Each one baked with different grains, … Continued

Mayan chocolate sparklers

Above: Photo by Catherine Charlebois By Production Manager Catherine Charlebois If someone told me that I’d be putting ground pepper and cayenne into Christmas cookies a week ago, I’d probably have laughed and walked away. That is, until I met these bad boys. Me being me and unable to handle spice, I was very skeptical when … Continued

Pumpkin spice and everything nice

Above: Photo via By Production Manager Catherine Charlebois Fall is here and with it, all our favourite fall flavours. Now is the season for warm comfort foods and what better way to embrace the change than warm, gooey and chocolatey cookies. Ingredients 1/4 and 2 tsp margarine 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 tsp … Continued

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