Bake with Anna Olson – Previous Episodes

Time Schedule

Mon 14:00 | Fri 10:00 | Sat 16:30 | Sun 12:30


Prestigious pastry chef Anna Olson, showcases her delectable world of baking mastery, from muffins to meringue and from cream cake to croissants in this tantalizing new instructional series.

Like your favourite professor in college, Anna’s kitchen-wit and wis­dom makes learning enjoyable and entertaining. Each episode Anna focuses on a foundation baking skill and builds on it, taking viewers on an exciting learning curve from beginner baker to master.

Anna may start by teaching the perfect puff pastry dough then progress to a classic fruit tart before kicking it up another notch to a complex Chocolate Napoleon. Finally Anna reveals the true master’s skill of creating something new, like her own delicious savoury Hors D’oeuvres.

In beloved Olson style, Anna adds the icing on the cake with personal anecdotes, touches, tips and tricks. The series promises to deliver a go-to repertoire of excellent recipes for all skill levels.

Episode 1 – Shortbread Cookies

Mmm, shortbread, an old-fashioned style of cookie that’s buttery, rich and crumbly—perfect with a cup of hot tea or a glass of cold milk. Anna starts out preparing a basic Vanilla Spritz Shortbread by piping cookie dough through a cookie press, a great technique to give cookies a pretty shape. Then Anna prepares traditional Scottish Pan Shortbread. This timeless recipe makes denser dough and is a little more challenging but produces dozens of buttery cookies that melt in your mouth. For the ultimate application of shortbread, Anna creates Chocolate Raspberry Napoleons, shortbread at its most elegant. And finally for a little fun, Anna bakes Decorated Shortbread Cut-Outs.


Episode 2 – Sticky Buns

Sticky buns are a bakery staple, made from yeast dough and baked with sweet, sticky ingredients. Starting with Classic Cinnamon Sticky Buns, Anna shares her trade secrets on baking the perfect bun. She then advances the lesson with a British-style Chelsea Loaf, filled with both dried and candied fruit. Anna next makes her favourite version of sticky buns: Banana Walnut Sticky Buns with delicious white chocolate frosting. This is a dessert style sticky bun more than a breakfast treat, and it is sure to impress. And with any day-old leftovers—hard to imagine—Anna creates Sticky Bun French Toast. Made with a cream cheese base and chocolate chips, this French toast is out of this world.


Episode 3 – Scones & Biscuits

Part bread and part pastry, scones and biscuits are delicious treats that are prominently featured in almost every bakery. Anna begins by showing viewers a fundamental recipe for Basic Buttermilk Biscuits. Next Anna advances the techniques learned by adding classic ingredients and baking up Lemon Cranberry Scones. To show off scones and biscuits in a fancy plated dessert, Anna prepares a more elaborate recipe, Berry Tarts with Honey Biscuit. And for a little something extra, Anna turns her sweet into savoury when she bakes Savoury Spiral Scones.


Episode 4 – Fruit Pies

There are few things more comforting to the senses than a warm slice of freshly baked pie. Anna starts with a standard double crust pie dough (pastry on top and bottom) and makes a classic ‘Blue Ribbon’ Apple Pie. Next she builds on that basic fruit pie lesson and bakes an old-fashioned Mincemeat Pie. This has a more complex filling made up of a mix of fresh and dried fruits with spices and syrup. So sweet! For a dessert recipe that is perfect at a picnic, party or afternoon tea, Anna creates a beautiful Blueberry Lattice Top Pie. The fancy design on top is sure to impress your guests. And for fun little individual pies, Anna bakes up Frosted Raspberry Hand Pies.


Episode 5 – Rolls & Buns

Rolls and buns are small little breads that are more decorative than a slice of loaf bread and come in countless styles and flavours. Anna starts with the basics: Classic Parker House Rolls. These rolls are buttery and soft, tender inside with a thin crust. Then Anna expounds on the lesson when she shows viewers a recipe that is a little more demanding: Braided Egg Buns. The third bun that Anna bakes is a sweet version and the biggest challenge yet, but worth the extra effort: Hot Cross Buns. And what goes better with a fresh bun hot out of the oven? Butter! Anna teaches viewers a simple way to make their own Homemade Butter.


Episode 6 – Gingerbread

Gingerbread is a scrumptious treat that has been baked for centuries. Anna starts at the beginning when she shares her recipe for basic Gingerbread Cut-out Cookies. Anna then prepares a moist and fragrant Classic Gingerbread Cake. This single-layer cake plays up both the molasses and spices beautifully and will be sure to satisfy your senses. To create an elegant and formal dessert with gingerbread, Anna bakes a Gingerbread Berry Layer Cake with lemon frosting. This is an exquisite cake that is sure to impress your dinner party guests. And what is a dinner party without placecards? Anna makes Gingerbread Placecard Tags, a tasty takeaway for your company.


Episode 7 – Doughnuts

Doughnuts are easy to find at doughnuts shops all over town, but they are also simple to make at home, and there is nothing as tasty as a homemade doughnut. Anna starts with the basics when she deep-fries to perfection sour cream Apple Fritters. Once you understand the fundamentals you’ll be ready to follow along as Anna prepares jelly-filled yeast doughnuts and creates equally yummy Raspberry Jelly Doughnuts. For that restaurant-worthy dessert Anna prepares a treat that is inspired by a doughnut, technically a cake, but known as a pie: Boston Cream Pie. And for a final treat, Anna makes a version of a New Orleans specialty: Truffle Centred Beignets.


Episode 8 – Chocolate Mousse

There are few desserts as rich and delicious as chocolate mousse, whether enjoyed as a cake or tart filling, or served as its own dessert. Anna starts with the easiest chocolate to cook with and prepares a delicious Classic Dark Chocolate Mousse, still a hit on every French menu. Advancing the chocolate mousse lesson, she next makes individual frozen desserts with a hint of mint: Milk Chocolate Mousse Semifreddos. Ready to transform mousse into something truly formal, Anna creates a showcase dessert with cranberry: White Chocolate Mousse Tart. Simply elegant. And finally Anna has some fun, creating delicious Chocolate Mousse Cups—kids of all ages will love them!


Episode 9 – Coffee Cakes

Coffee cake—there is nothing more relaxing than sitting in a cozy chair with mug of hot coffee and a delicious yet easy cake to go alongside. Anna begins with a basic coffee cake: Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake. This cake has a crumbly streusel layer in the middle and on top. Next Anna advances the lesson by adding a fruit layer buckle and bakes a Raspberry Ricotta Buckle. For a truly inspired dessert, Anna combines the gooey goodness of a butter tart with the simplicity of a coffee cake and creates a delightful plated dessert: Butter Tart Coffee Cake. And for a coffee cake featuring actual coffee Anna bakes up some individual Cappuccino Cakes.


Episode 10 – Lemon Curd

Fresh and sweet, creamy yet tart, lemon curd is a spread, a filling and a topping and is a staple in every pastry chef’s repertoire. Starting with a stovetop method to make Britishstyle lemon curd, Anna creates a Lemon Whip with Berries. Then she makes a classic French bistro dessert, Tart au Citron. Next Anna bakes a challenging dessert that will impress guests and is a North American mainstay, Lemon Meringue Pie. And finally Anna adds tart, creamy lemon curd to homemade ice cream and creates Lemon Ripple Ice Cream.


Episode 11 – Drop Cookies

Who can resist these tasty treats served with an ice-cold glass of milk? In this episode of Bake with Anna Olson, Anna presents different recipes and creates a variety of drop cookies and drop cookie-inspired desserts, popular with kids and grown-up kids! She starts with everybody’s favourite, the Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie. Next she advances the lesson by adding a peanut butter filling to traditional Oatmeal Raisin Sandwich Cookies. A showcase dessert that you’d be happy to serve as a plated dessert, Anna bakes Peanut Butter Cookie Cakes with a warm caramel centre. And finally she makes delicious homemade chocolate ice cream and builds decadent Ice Cream Sandwiches.


Episode 12 – Veggie Cakes

Anna prepares a variety of cakes made with vegetables. Sweet, delicious and healthy, each has a unique texture and taste. She starts with Zucchini Orange Loaf, ideal for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. Next she tackles arguably the most popular of veggie cakes: Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting. So delicious! For the cake that your guests won’t believe is a veggie cake, Anna creates a spectacular and dense Rich Beet Chocolate Cake. And finally a bite-size treat featuring a veggie you’d never expect in a cake: Potato Chocolate Cupcakes.


Episode 13 – Candied Citrus Peel

Candied Orange Peel is delicious and versatile. Pastry chefs make it as a treat on its own, and to add a sweet, delicate citrus accent to a number of desserts. Anna begins by candying orange peel and then turning it into a confection, Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel. Next Anna uses that same candied orange peel as a key ingredient in a Classic Fruitcake. Then for a restaurant-worthy dessert, Anna creates a real showstopper, Southern Lane Cake: three layers of vanilla cake with crunchy meringue frosting and a gooey centre featuring candied orange peel. And to finish things off, Anna creates her mom’s favourite Italian dessert, Candied Orange Cassatas.


Episode 14 – Focaccia

Focaccia is traditional flat-style Italian bread that can be prepared sweet or savoury. Anna begins with basic focaccia dough and makes aromatic Rosemary Onion Focaccia. Using the same dough she swaps savory for sweet and creates Cranberry Chocolate Focaccia Twists. For an artisanal version of this mouth-watering bread, Anna bakes a Potato Parmesan Focaccia. And what to do if you have any leftover focaccia? Anna shares some tasty options with a lesson she calls Croutons 101.