Grease 13- x -9 inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan. Line with parchment paper. Set aside.
In bowl, whisk butter, sugar and eggs. Stir in cookie crumbs and coconut. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack.
Filling: Meanwhile in bowl, stir together butter, milk and peppermint extract. Beat in sugar and custard powder until smooth. Beat in food colouring to desired shade. Spread evenly over base. Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.
Topping: Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter; spread over filling. Sprinkle with peppermint sticks. Refrigerate until set; cut into bars.
The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 teaspoon
2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.
Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.
Don't toss those Swiss chard stems after you've used the leaves; try pickling them, instead! Serve the pickles over grilled steak or chicken, as a burger topping or along with a cheese and charcuterie platter. The sweet yet salty flavour is pretty addictive.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time48 hours & 30 minutes
, thinly sliced
Per 1 tbsp: about
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate2 g
Trim leaves off Swiss chard; reserve for another use. Cut stems into scant 1/2-inch thick slices to make about 2 cups.
In large saucepan, bring vinegar, sugar, salt, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns, garlic and 1/2 cup water to boil over high heat. Stir in Swiss chard stems. Remove from heat.
Ladle into 1 hot (sterilized) 2-cup canning jar. Cover with lid; screw on band. Let cool for 20 minutes. Refrigerate for 48 hours before serving. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.)
Cap off your Irish pub-night feast with this boozy brownie cake. It combines the best spirits and beer the Emerald Isle has to offer with the irresistible richness of dark chocolate.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time2 hours & 15 minutes
Portion size12 servings
70% dark chocolate
(about 7 oz), chopped
stout beer (such as Guinness)
1 1/4 cup
Whiskey Cream Cheese Icing:
Half pkg (250 g pkg)
Per serving: about
Total fat25 g
Saturated fat15 g
Total carbohydrate49 g
Cake: Grease 9-inch round cake pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
In small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Set aside. In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter, stirring, until smooth. Whisk in stout and brown sugar until combined. Whisk in whole eggs and egg yolks; remove from heat. Sprinkle with cocoa mixture; stir just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in 375°F oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean with a few moist crumbs clinging, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Invert cake from pan onto cooling rack; peel off parchment paper. Brush with whiskey; cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer cake to large plate.
Whiskey Cream Cheese Icing: While cake is cooling, finely grate zest of lime to make 1 tsp; juice lime to make 1/2 tsp. Set aside. In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth. Beat in whiskey and lime juice; gradually beat in icing sugar until smooth. Using offset palette knife, spread icing over top of cake; sprinkle with lime zest. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely and refrigerate for up to 1 day.)
This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
Prep time50 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
boneless beef blade roast
cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm cubes)
dry red wine
mini white potatoes
scrubbed and quartered
cut in 1 1/2-inch thick (4 cm) chunks (halve bigger pieces)
sodium-reduced beef broth
drained and rinsed
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat27 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper; toss with beef to coat.
In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium heat; working in small batches, cook beef, stirring, until browned, about 20 minutes total. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside.
Add remaining butter to Dutch oven; cook celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits, for 2 minutes.
Return beef and any juices to Dutch oven. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, stirring occasionally to loosen any remaining browned bits from bottom.
Cover and braise in 350 F (180 C) oven for 45 minutes. Stir in cocktail onions; cover and braise for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until vegetables are tender and beef offers no resistance when pierced with tip of knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in peas; cook for 5 minutes.
Skim any fat from surface of stew; remove thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Change it up - The Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Stew: In large Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat; cook 1 pkg (227 g) button or cremini mushrooms, trimmed, stirring occasionally, until tender, golden and no liquid remains, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside. Continue with recipe as directed, returning mushrooms to Dutch oven along with beef.