Toronto: Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show 2013 has moved to a new venue. The new home is the Toronto Congress Centre’s ultra modern “North Building” fa

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Toronto: Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show 2013 has moved to a new venue. The new home is the Toronto Congress Centre’s ultra modern “North Building” facility.

Chicago: After 2 successful shows in Toronto (2011 and 2012) a sister show is born. We welcome “America’s Baking and Sweets Show” to the family, a show that will be held November 15 to 17 in the state of Illinois at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Centre Hotel. Watch for their website, coming soon.

There’s a rumour that a young girl named Alice, a Mad Hatter and a White Rabbit are thinking of breaking into the Toronto Congress Centre … very strange. We will investigate and report back to you in our March newsletter. Don’t miss it!

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Frank Vetere VIRGIN ICE

As a young boy Frank Vetere, “worked” at the family bakery in Toronto. By age 6 he’d earned the name, “King of Cannoli” for the level of proficiency he’d attained. He was educated at a traditional school but his biggest influence came from the training received, as a teenager, weekends and summers, at the bakery. It was a family business best known for their wedding cakes. Therefore it was natural for Frank to take an intense interest in fondant when he discovered it in 1985. Within 2 years, 90% of their cakes were fondant based.

From 1989 and through to the mid ‘90’s, Frank’s passionate quest was to create his own fondant. He was tired of working with inconsistent brands. His diligence paid off and by the year 2000 he came up with the near perfect prototype. Virgin Ice was born.

Today Frank Vettere proudly spreads the Virgin Ice gospel far and wide. The fondant king is now recognized as “Fondant Master”.

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Anyone who has read Alice in Wonderland will have a leg up on those who have not. The prize is a romantic Valentine’s Dinner for 2, valued at $100,
at Castello Ristorante Antico, 3600 Langstaff Road, Woodbridge, Ontario.
The first person to answer this question correctly will be deemed the winner.

At a normal croquet game, the playing equipment consists of a mallet and a ball. What animals are they in the Queen's croquet game?

Email your answer to Contest ends when the first correct answer is given. Judge’s decision is final.

Winner will be posted on our Facebook page.

valentine banana bread

(Makes 12 regular sized muffins or 6 jumbo muffins or 1 loaf)
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oats
2 tablespoons ground flax
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (3-4 bananas)
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 egg whites
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease muffin tin or loaf pan with PAM or other cooking spray. (Or use paper liners).

In a medium bowl mix together the flour, oats, flax, baking soda, baking powder,
salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl mix together the mashed bananas, maple syrup, egg whites, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract.

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stirring just until combined. Divide evenly among prepared muffin tins and bake 18-20 minutes for regular sized muffins and 22-25 minutes for jumbo muffins (35-45 minutes for 1 loaf), until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.