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Snickers Trifle Bowl {5 Minutes!}

This is probably the most epic 5 minute dessert I’ve ever made.

SweetRevelations Snickers Trifle Bowl

I always keep extra layers of cake in the freezer.  Always.  And this is one of those times that it has paid off.  Deliciously.  Epically. Decadently.  Honestly, the most stunning 5 Minute Trifle, that literally only took 5 minutes to prepare.

Listen baking friends, I think we’re on to something pretty amazing here.

SweetRevelations Snickers Trifle Bowl

I love trifle just as much as the next guy, but I’m rethinking the whole layering into one large trifle bowl thing.  I mean, once scooped out, they’ve lost all presentation appeal.  Am I right?  So I think we might have solved that problem, just in time for your next get together, since trifle is so easy to whip up and is the perfect make ahead dessert.  Why not just assemble in some pretty dessert bowls and leave them chilled until you’re ready to serve them?

oh yes, friends, and did I mention that these only take 5 minutes to prepare?  You are most welcome.

Happy week-end everyone!




Snickers Trifle Bowl {5 Minutes!}

*yield 5 dessert bowls

  • 2 pkgs instant chocolate pudding
  • 4 cups of evaporated milk (regular milk works too)
  • 1 chocolate cake layer, or store-bought chocolate pound cake, cut into cubes
  • 2 Snickers Bars, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • whipped topping for garnish
  1. Whip the two packages of instant pudding with the evaporated milk for 2 minutes.  Divide among 5 dessert bowls.  Top with cubes of chocolate cake, slices of Snickers Bars, chopped peanuts and a dollop of whipped topping.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  1. Easily change up the trifle flavours.  Switch out for your favourite pudding, chocolate and cake flavours.  Use fruit as a garnish too.
  2. Did you know that you can substitute evaporated milk for regular milk in instant pudding?  It mixes up into a very creamy pudding.






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Pumpkin Custard {with Brownie Croutons}

I am a complete sucker for fall recipes.  I spend most week-ends in the fall baking.  Breads and pies, cakes and cookies.   I’m sort of ridiculous about it.   Possibly slightly obsessed.


Pumpkin is right up there at the top.  My most favoured fall ingredient.  I’ve already shared with you that my mom makes the best pumpkin pie ever.   EVER.  And when I was in the bake shop, I baked a lot of these Brown Butter Pumpkin Cakes.  So moist.  So good.


Most recently, I’ve been consumed with Pumpkin Custard and pudding recipes.   Which tastes exactly like pumpkin pie without the crust.   It’s literally five ingredients.   Topped off with some  whipped cream and the most delectable dark chocolate little brownie croutons ever.


It feels sort of criminal to toast off brownie pieces until they’re in crouton form.  My family thought I was losing my grip on reality when I was putting the brownie pieces in the oven.  Until we took that first crunchie bite and realized there’s no need to feel conflicted!  They taste amazing and offer some rich chocolatey contrast to the smooth pudding.

So good and SO easy!

What’s your favourite fall dessert?

Pumpkin Custard

* taken from Blue Apron Blog
1 3/4 c pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 1/2 c heavy cream (reserve 1/2 cup for whipped cream)
1 c light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Chinese Five-Spice

Pre-heat the oven to 300°F.

1.  In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients (except the reserved cream) and whisk until smooth.

2.  Divide the batter between four jars or ramekins.    Place jars on a cookie sheet and bake for 35 minutes, or until the middle is just set.  Serve slightly warm or let them cool and refrigerate until needed.  This is a great make ahead dessert!

3.   Whip the remaining whipped cream until soft peaks form and top the custards just before serving.  Garnish with croutons if desired.


Brownie Croutons

1.  Very little brownie is needed to make the croutons.  I used a brownie square, approximately 3″ x 3″ and cut it into small cubes.  Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes at 275° , until toasted.   yum!





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Apple Cranberry Bread Pudding

Are any of you returning to work or school this September?  This whole house is, including me.  My boys are headed off to their first year of high school to join their sister.  I’m returning to the classroom to spend time with some of my favourite young people.

Fall is my favourite time of year.  Even though I do love the summer holidays, I love getting back into routine and the first crazy days of the school year.



I start baking all of those warm comforting desserts with the spices and flavours that scream autumn.  First of the season apples are out and I’m all over it.  We have plenty of orchards and markets around here.  I usually make several apple pies ahead for the freezer.  In the dead of winter, there’s nothing better than an apple pie that reminds me of the warm, breezy days of fall.


Bread pudding is a simple and versatile dish that can be eaten as a warm gooey breakfast  treat or comforting satisfying after dinner dessert.  I filled mine with thinly sliced apples, cranberries and walnuts then topped them with a dollop of local Apple Butter and a drizzle of caramel sauce.   Outstanding.

It’s full of fruit and nuts so it has to be good for you right?



Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone.


Apple Caramel Bread Pudding

*makes 7-8 3.5 inch ramekins or one large 9 inch pie plate

  • I used half of a slightly stale sour dough loaf, ripped into chunks
  • 2 small apples, peeled cored and very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2  cups half and half cream
  • 3 eggs

Butter ramekins and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350°


1.  Rip bread into chunks and place in a large bowl.  Add apples, nuts and cranberries and mix well, set aside.  In a medium bowl, mix all remaining ingredients.  Pour over the bread and apple mixture making sure to soak all of the bread.  Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes or so until all of the liquid has soaked in.  The mixture can be used right away or refrigerated for a few hours until ready to bake.

2.  Fill each ramekin with the bread pudding.  Place the ramekins in a larger container (I used a 11 x 15 cake pan, a roasting pan would work too) and fill with an inch of hot water.  The water bath ensures the bread pudding bakes with moist heat.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.

3.  Serve warm with caramel sauce, Apple Butter, or fresh whipped cream.



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Quick Summer Coconut Pudding

I don’t know about you, but Sunday is my favourite day of the week.  We seem to slow down a little bit, hang about the house and catch up with each other about our busy lives.  We’re flying in all sorts of directions this summer and I relish a quiet day at home – ending with a great meal and a yummy dessert.


I often opt for a quick pudding.  Light, creamy and delicious.  This Coconut Pudding took me 24 minutes from start to finish this morning.   A mere 24 minutes and my family loves me.  It’s that easy.


For puddings and Panna Cotta (like here), use the best quality dairy you can find.  I use products from a family owned local dairy processing company, which means a superior product with no preservatives.   Good quality cream makes a fantastic pudding with loads of flavor and richness.  The addition of coconut milk and toasted coconut makes this putting just soooo good.


No skimping on the cream here okay?  No short cuts.  That’s all.

Sorry for being bossy.


Whether you’re working or with family enjoy your Sunday everyone!

Quick Summer Coconut Pudding

*makes 6 250ml servings

1 can coconut milk

1 1/4 cups Cream – I use Hewitts 35% Whipping Cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

1/3 cup corn starch

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup toasted coconut


1.  Whisk coconut milk, cream, sugar, eggs, cornstarch, salt and vanilla in a medium sauce pan.  Continue whisking on medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens (about 6 mins).  Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of toasted coconut.  Pour into serving containers and refrigerate until ready to serve- atleast 2 hours.

2.  Garnish with whipped cream and remaining toasted coconut.



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New Year’s Brunch Panettone Bread Pudding

I can’t believe how fast January 2013 has arrived.  Happy New Year friends!


My husband and I were chatting while he was taking the pictures for this post.

That in itself is not earth shattering….but we were having a real honest to goodness food bloggers heart to heart.   He takes all of my pictures for me.  Well, and thank goodness for that because if you looked at some of my earlier photographs you may have been thinking I should just pack this whole thing in.


Through mouthfuls of bread pudding I was asking him what he’s learned about food blogging this past year.   I was hoping for something profound to really kick-start this post.

He said….“You really stress me out.”

That’s not really what I was hoping for.  He says I’m really hard to work for and the pay stinks.  Well honestly?

He’s probably right.



But we are a good team.  And we have made some pretty yummy posts this year.

And met some pretty amazing people from all over the world.

Like you!


Thank you for another great year.   And for your positive comments and your food love.  We feel it.  We love it!  All the best to you in 2013.


Check out this New Year’s Brunch Panettone Bread Pudding.   This is so simple to throw together, yet looks so yummy when plated.  You can make it in a dessert pan or in individual ramekins, both of which I have pictured here.   Top it with a dusting of powdered sugar or a yummy Champagne Zabaglione.   It can be made ahead too, which makes for a perfect brunch idea!

There are crusty parts and yummy custardy parts and raisin and cranberry parts.  All  mixed with a hint of eggnog flavour.  I am just smitten with this bread pudding.

New Year’s Bruch Panettone Bread Pudding

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

*adapted from

  • 1 (1-pound) loaf panettone bread, crusts trimmed, bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half cream
  • 2 1/2 cups eggnog
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

1. Lightly butter a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish or individual ramekins. Arrange the bread cubes in a large bowl.   Whisk the eggs, cream, eggnog, and sugar to blend.  Pour the custard over the bread cubes, and press the bread cubes gently to submerge.  Let stand for 30 minutes, occasionally pressing the bread cubes into the custard mixture. (Recipe can be prepared up to this point 2 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.).

2.  Poor into prepared pans.  Place pans in a larger pan that is filled with about an inch of warm water.  Bake until the pudding puffs and is set in the center, about 45 minutes.  Serve warm.


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Butterscotch Pudding Tasters with Maple Whiskey { and a GIVEAWAY!}

 I am so pleased to announce the winner of the Delta Faucet Touch2O is Jonnie Hartling and the winner of the the book is Summer Plewes!

Please both contact me at and leave me your email address.  Thanks to all who entered my first giveaway!

This week-end is just chock full of so many wonderful things.  Here in Canada, it’s Thanksgiving week-end which means a house full of my favourite people and great food.  Add to that a sweet and creamy Butterscotch and Maple Whiskey dessert and it couldn’t get any better.

Or could it?

I’m so delighted to share with you my news of some recent kitchen reno’s here in the SweetRevelations house.  Well, exciting news for me and even better that one lucky reader gets to benefit too!  Our reno’s included a new Delta Trinsic Touch2O Technology Faucet.   This is the faucet that turns on and off with just a tap on the spout.  Oh, and it saves water too, because just a simple tap turns it off between tasks.

Ok, as a serious baker and one of the last people on the planet without a dishwasher (I know, pick your chin up off the floor, it’s disappointing to me too), this faucet has been such a pleasure to have.   We’ve all had those sticky, gooey baking days that require amazing contortions with the body to turn the tap on without messing it up.   It was all the more beautiful to me this morning as I had my hand inside a turkey trying to stuff it.   It really does come on and off with just a tap on the spout.  Beautiful.

And the folks at Delta kindly gave me one to give to a lucky reader so they can find their  dishwashing/food prep happy place too!

Well I’ve never done a blog giveaway before so I’m just tickled about the whole deal.  And in the spirit of ooey gooey sticky hands, I’ve also decided to give away a copy of Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey, by Jill O’Connor.  A recipe book of all things sweet, full of great tips for the dessert lover.  I bought the book and liked it so much I bought one for you!

That’s where these awesome Butterscotch Pudding Tasters came from.  I took her recipe for Butterscotch Pots and adapted it slightly with the addition of some smooth Canadian Maple Whiskey.  Served in small dessert tasters (or a few pots), with some maple and butterscotch flakes and whipped cream on top, these are a simple and elegant after dinner treat.

Here’s how you enter:

1.  Leave a comment about how a new Delta Touch2O technology Faucet would rock your kitchen and head on over to Delta Faucet’s and Lifestyle and Design Blog, Beige Is Dead, to follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

2.   Or, leave a comment about the dessert you make that is sticky and gooey but Oh so good.

3.  For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway (with the link) and include @SweetRevelations, then come back and let me know or tell your friends on Facebook about this giveaway (with the link), then pop back over here to let me know (your actual blog post comment is your entry, so be sure to write a separate comment for your tweet/Facebook post).

  • The Delta Faucet is available to Canadian residents only.  The book is available to Canadian and American residents.
  • One entry per person, plus additional qualified bonus entries.
  • Winners will be announced Friday, October 19th, 2012.

*Faucet courtesy of Delta Faucet.  Book courtesy of SweetRevelations.


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Easy Summer Whipped Parfait

Well I sure have missed this place!  Been a while since I posted a recipe, but it’s not for lack of baking!   Things sure are busy in this house and summer is here in full swing.

I love today’s post for many reasons..


1.   It takes less than 15 minutes and looks like a million bucks.

2.  I made this this morning  and let it chill for the rest of the day until our company arrived for dinner which meant I had no dessert hassle.  Just placed it on the table and looked like the wife and hostess of the year (as I wiped my brow…).


3.  It’s disposable.  I’m still using that package of disposable wine glasses I got a month ago for this post here.  Then I realised that I also used these cups here, both of which are my last two posts!  I am not for filling the landfills with plastic, but I do have a package of glasses to use up.

4.  It tastes ridiculously summery good.

A lady from our local market shared a similar recipe with me.  I added the jello bottom and couldn’t resist the beautiful cherries for garnish.    For the cream cheese whip I used some frozen mixed berries with pomegranate.  I threw in some of my own frozen summer strawberries too.  Its light and delicious!


Easy Summer Whipped Parfait

  • 1 pkg jello, any berry flavour prepared and poured into the bottom of serving glasses ( I did this the night before)
  • 250 gr cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups mashed berries
  • 1 litre container of frozen whipped topping thawed

1.  Beat sugar and cream cheese until smooth.  Add berries and mix well.  Fold in whipped topping.  Pour over jello that has set.

2.  Refrigerate several hours.  Garnish with more whipped cream, chocolate shavings, berries, etc.

Note:  You can also pour the whipped mixture over a 9×13 graham crust and refrigerate.



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Buttermilk Panna Cotta

I’ve decided to forgo any New Years Resolutions this year because I always seem to disappoint myself and irritate everyone who lives with me.  Instead, I’m going to put my energy into expanding my baking repertoire and my sometimes lacklustre food styling.  Really, at this point in the year this house is cupcaked out!

So I thought to start, I would make some Buttermilk Panna Cotta which I have been really wanting to try since buying my new Miette Book (Meg Ray is living my dream right now!).   Panna Cotta is essentially ‘cooked cream’ paired with gelatin and a few simple flavourings and then left to set for a few hours.   Since I love anything creamy – I heart clotted cream -and I’ve thrown my resolutions out the window, this simple yet elegant dessert is right up my alley.  You don`t have to use buttermilk, most recipes use just heavy cream, but buttermilk gives it a nice tangy taste.  I did a combination of recipes, both from the book and online.  Essentially, the instructions and ingredients are all the same.

I made two sauces to try.  The first was a simple Apricot and Honey Compote from Martha Stewart.  Hello delicious.  So simple and it`s thick enough that as it was cooling I could envision a gorgeous spoonful atop a buttermilk scone.   The second was a Red-Wine Poached Rhubarb recipe.   I`ll have to post those pictures at a later date.

Okay, the apricot got me.  It was pretty yummy.

On a cold winters day, some Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Apricot and Honey Compote is like a little ray of sunshine.  Top with some slivered almonds for a little nutty crunch.  Bye bye winter blues!

Panna Cotta is like a blank canvas.  There are so many options for toppings although I do think simple is best sometimes.  Any ‘in season’ fruit would be a treat.

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

  •  2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 ½ tsp unflavored gelatin powder
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup of buttermilk

1. Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the surface.  Let sit for at least 10 minutes.

2. Combine sugar and cream in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.  Add in the vanilla bean and seeds, remove from heat and allow cream to steep for 30 minutes.  Bring back to heat and almost to a boil. 

3. Stir in the gelatin until dissolved.

4. Add the buttermilk to the cream mixture and continue whisking. 

5. Remove from heat and strain the mixture into a glass measuring cup.

6. Pour the strained mixture into cups, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.

Top with Apricot and Honey Compote and slivered almonds.   Serve immediately.


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Oven Baked Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Last week I made some Pumpkin Cupcakes for my dad’s retirement (remember these?) and I had a wee bit of pumpkin left over.   I decided to try some of mom’s Old Fashioned Rice Pudding with a little twist.

Imagine, warm gooey Pumpkin Rice Pudding full of pumpkin pie flavour garnished with toasted pecans and pure maple syrup.  Pumpkin pie without the crust.  Oh- my- goodness…perfect on a breezy, rainy day.  And I know I’ve said it before but this stuff is the ultimate comfort food for me.

I decided to have a little spoonful while it was cooling on the counter, but found myself frantically eating large spoonfuls like someone was sure to take the bowl away from me at any minute!   Honestly, if you like pumpkin pie, this stuff is that good!

What is your ultimate comfort food?

Pumpkin Rice Pudding with Toasted Pecans and Maple Syrup

*adapted from moms recipe

Pre-heat oven to 325°

Combine in a 1 1/2-quart buttered casserole:

1/2 cup uncooked regular rice

3 cups whole milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tsp pure vanilla

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of ginger

1. Stir all ingredients, except raisins, in a buttered 1 1/2 qrt casserole dish (until sugar is dissolved).  Bake for one hour stirring every 20 minutes.  At the end of the hour add 3/4 cup (less if you prefer) raisins and bake for another 20 minutes.

Garnish with toasted pecan pieces and drizzle with pure maple syrup.  Serve warm or cold.


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Gluten-Free Lemon, Lime and Quinoa Pudding Cakes

I am so grateful for all of the e-mails and feedback that I receive.  It lets me know that people are interested!  I have received quite a few requests for gluten-free and dairy free recipes.  This one is very simple and perfect for dinner on the patio.  The texture is very light, much like a mousse.  It’s a bit tart and very refreshing.  Serve warm or cold.


Lemon, Lime and Quinoa Pudding Cakes

*from Canelle et Vanille

Preheat oven to 325° and grease 5 5oz ramekins

2 egg yolks
6 oz whole milk
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp lime zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup quinoa flour
pinch kosher salt
2 egg whites

In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks, milk, lemon zest, lime zest, lemon juice and
lime juice.

In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, salt and quinoa flour.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk.

Whip the egg whites until medium peaks form.   Fold a third of the egg whites into the batter. Add the rest
and fold gently.

Pour the batter into the greased ramekins.  Place the ramekins in a deep baking pan and pour hot water into the baking dish- enough to cover the ramekins half way. Bake for about 30 minutes until set.

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