Saturday, June 22, 2024

Recipes by Aaron McInnis

Homemade Pan Release (Goop)

Aaron McInnis


  • 1 Bowl


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Shortening
  • 1 cup Oil


  • Place all three ingredients in bowl and mix until completely homogeneous and smooth.
  • The three ingredients will come together and have the texture of paste/glue.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Mixture will be good for several months should it separate while stored just give it a quick mix before next use. 


Using a pastry brush, paint the sides and bottom of your pan with Goop. Be sure to get all areas and corners. This will become one of your most favourite baking hacks.

Gingerbread Loaf

Aaron McInnis
Course Dessert


  • 1 Loaf pan
  • 2 Bowls



  • 1/4 cup Oil
  • 1/4 cup Dark brown sugar-packed 
  • 1 lg Egg
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1/2 whole Lemon zest
  • 1 tsp Fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Clove


  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fresh ginger


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, prepare loaf pan using Goop.
  • In a bowl, mix oil and brown sugar. Add egg and mix until incorporated. Add molasses and mix until combined. Add vanilla, fresh ginger and lemon zest- mix until combined. 
  • In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. 
  • Alternating milk and flour, in halves add to butter/egg mix. Mix just until combined. 
  • Pour batter in to prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45-65 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.


Aaron McInnis has been whipping up some pretty cool ideas as the Baking and Pastry Arts Instructor at College of the North Atlantic since 2019. He is also the proud owner of Happy Belly Cakery, a home-based cake studio and the international blog, Man Versus Cake. He prides himself on great quality treats and recipes.
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Ryanne McIsaac
Ryanne McIsaac
Ryanne is Editor of CNA Currents. Born and raised in Stephenville, NL, Ryanne moved back to Newfoundland after spending 16 years in Calgary, Alberta. Ryanne has a Journalism Diploma from College of the North Atlantic and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cape Breton University. She worked for many years as a reporter and freelance writer. She is happy to be back in her hometown and working for CNA.


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