About

Hi, welcome I’m Alie, a professional baker, recipe developer & photographer behind Baking For Friends. I specialize in creating classic & comforting baking recipes. I hope you enjoy the recipes & find inspiration of your own to bring your family & friends together over home-cooked food!

“EVERYTHING IN MODERATION, INCLUDING MODERATION”

-Julia Child

How It Started

Food; desserts in particular, have always evoked happy memories for me. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always shown a curiosity for anything creative in the kitchen. I grew up surrounded by good cooks and bakers that enjoyed sharing their love for cooking and baking, which always brought our family and friends together. My grandma’s recipes are treasured and have been lovingly handed down through generations, and my Mom and I have spent countless hours together working side by side in the kitchen. ’Baking for Friends’ has evolved because of this love that I grew up with; baking and cooking for my family and friends!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

My Grandma’s Pastry Recipe

Classic French Lemon Tart Recipe

My Grandma’s Blueberry Pie Recipe

Spring Vanilla Cake

My Mom’s Lemon Square Recipe

Before blogging I was the owner and primary baker for Simply Sweet Desserts located in the Kawartha Lakes. I developed recipes and baked for cafes, restaurants, catered weddings and special events. I loved being a part of my customer’s special day and producing classic or unique desserts for them to create new beautiful memories.

Before blogging I was the owner and primary baker for Simply Sweet Desserts located in the Kawartha Lakes. I developed recipes and baked for cafes, restaurants, catered weddings and special events. I loved being a part of my customer’s special day and producing classic or unique desserts for them to create new beautiful memories.

In 2016 I made the switch from sharing my recipes at events and cafes to sharing them online with all of you! I created the blog in the hope that I can bring back classic baking into your home.

Popular Desserts from my Company

Simple Savoury Leek and Spinach Galette

Lavender Shortbread Recipe

Classic French Lemon Tart Recipe

Pavlova Recipe

Popular Desserts from my Company

Simple Savoury Leek and Spinach Galette

Lavender Shortbread Recipe

Classic French Lemon Tart Recipe

Pavlova Recipe

More About Me

Food has become a sort of love language for me”.

I enjoy spending my time in the garden, growing my own veggies, berries, and herbs. I love walking around markets and sourcing out fresh yummy local finds like honey to use in new and easy baking recipes and finding new cafes or markets to share with all of you! Entertaining is one of my most enjoyable pleasures, to be able to share the simple joys of food with the people I love. And I hope to bring the same joys into your kitchen with your family and friends!

For fun, I studied tea sommelier at George Brown College and took wine courses as well. Although I do not have the time to become a sommelier, I do love to learn about the culture, and the process and to understand all that goes into creating a beautiful glass of vino or a delicate tea.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know about Sophie! She is my pup – a boxer/lab mix and my pure joy! She’s made a few appearances on the blog too, and I’ve even come up with a few puppy recipes!

Simple Savoury Leek and Spinach Galette

Dog Treat Recipe

Finding Balance in the City - Part 1

Finding Balance in the City

Inspiration & Travel

I’m inspired by my family traditions, the places I’ve travelled, the people I’ve worked with, and the beauty of nature. This all pours out into my baking. When I make a dessert, I can’t help but be influenced by these simple details. South Africa has become like a second home to me, and you’ll find a handful of recipes on the blog that inspired my time there. I could probably start a whole other blog on South Africa alone! If you find yourself heading that way, you may find some of my travel posts helpful:

Simple Savoury Leek and Spinach Galette

My Top 3 Vineyards to Visit in South Africa

Homemade Dog Cake & a Bowtie Collar Giveaway

South African Milk Tart Recipe

How to Start Baking

I’ve categorized each recipe on the blog from easy to difficult to help you see where you’d fit for your skill level or your sense of adventure.

If you’re new to baking, you may want to start here and work your way to more advanced recipes. And don’t forget I’m always just a click away, so don’t be afraid to reach out to me, ask questions and, of course, please rate and comment on the recipes. We can all learn from good feedback.

Easy Recipes

Moderate Recipes

Difficult Recipes

Discover

My 5 Secrets to Baking

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Work With Me

I love working with brands that align with me and my brand. This can be accomplished through sponsorships, recipe development, photography, ambassadorships and other opportunities. I also assist in developing and elevating brands through consulting, content creation for social media, website, and print. For more details, pricing or general media inquiries please contact me. I’m happy to custom curate something special for you and your brand! I look forward to working with you and your team!

Some brands I’ve worked with; Bulk Barn, Redpath
Sugar, Egg Farmer’s of Ontario, Stirling Butter, Zespri
SunGold, Brick Works Cider House and more.

[email protected]

Welcome to Baking For Friends, I hope you enjoy the recipes, stories and find inspiration of your own to bring your family and friends together over home-cooked food!

“Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation”

~Julia Child

Baker Alie Romano

Alie Romano

Baker & Founder

Food; desserts in particular have always evoked happy memories for me. Ever since I can remember I’ve always shown a curiosity for anything creative in the kitchen. I grew up surrounded by good cooks and bakers that enjoyed sharing their love for cooking and baking, which always brought our family and friends together.  My grandma’s recipes are treasured and have been lovingly handed down through generations and my Mom and I have spent countless hours together working side by side in the kitchen. ‘Baking for Friends’ has evolved because of this love that I grew up with; baking and cooking for my family and friends!

I enjoy spending my time in the garden, growing my own veggies, berries, and herbs. I love walking around markets and sourcing out fresh yummy local finds like honey to use in new and easy baking recipes. Entertaining is one of my most enjoyable pleasures, to be able to share the simple joys of food with the people I love.

I’m inspired by my family traditions, the places I’ve traveled, the people I’ve worked with, and the beauty of nature. This all pours out into my baking.  When I make a dessert I can’t help but add some simple detail that makes it my own!

LOOKING TO HIRE OR WORK WITH ME? 

Please email: [email protected]

Phone: 705-957-0082

You can find us on Pinterest and Instagram.

Peach Cobbler

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