In small saucepan, bring honey just to boil; remove from heat. Stir in tea and grated lemon rind; set pan aside and let cool slightly.
In bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, allspice and salt ; stir in figs. Set bowl aside.
In large bowl, beat eggs until pale and frothy, about 5 minutes. Beat in oil and vanilla. Beat in sugar, 2 tbsp at a time, until slightly thickened and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Alternately fold in flour and honey mixtures, making 3 additions of flour and 2 of honey, to make thin batter.
Pour batter into greased 10-inch (25 cm) tube or Bundt pan. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 60 to 70 minutes or until cake tester inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 30 minutes. With knife, loosen edges of cake; turn out onto rack and let cool completely.
Drizzle: Melt chocolate in bowl over hot (not boiling water). Dip tines of fork into chocolate; drizzle over cake.
Gooey goat cheese and rich, sweet balsamic vinegar…and bok choy? You bet. This super-fun twist on ingredients that are normally considered Italian just works. We dare you to try it and tell us we're wrong.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: June 2016
per serving: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate15 g
In small saucepan, cook onion, maple syrup, vinegar, garlic and rosemary over medium-high heat until syrupy and reduced by half, about 12 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve.
In large bowl, toss together bok choy, oil and salt. Place on greased grill or grill pan over medium-high heat; grill, turning occasionally, until grill-marked, about 5 minutes. Transfer to serving plate. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Drizzle with maple syrup mixture. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.
"This recipe is inspired by a chocolate cake my grandmother used to make for special occasions. It's decadent, incredibly chocolaty and extremely easy to make. For a potluck, I like to dress it up with a milk chocolate glaze and a quick berry coulis, but it's also pretty perfect with a simple dusting of icing sugar." — Jennifer Bartoli, Food specialist
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
Chocolate Fudge Cake:
(about 6 1/2 oz), chopped
Milk Chocolate Glaze:
(about 2 oz), chopped
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat19 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate38 g
Chocolate Fudge Cake: Grease 8-inch (2 L) springform pan; line bottom and side with parchment paper. Set aside.
In small saucepan, melt chocolate with butter over medium-low heat until smooth, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
In large bowl, beat together eggs, sugar and salt until pale and thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in chocolate mixture, flour, rum and vanilla until combined. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until top is cracked and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean with a few moist crumbs clinging, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.
Invert cake from pan; peel off parchment paper. Transfer cake to cake plate.
Milk Chocolate Glaze: While cake is cooling, in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, heat together chocolate, cream and butter, stirring, until smooth. Stir in rum. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Using offset palette knife, spread glaze over top of cake. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Raspberry Coulis: While glaze is setting, in blender, purée together raspberries, sugar and 1 tbsp water. Strain raspberry mixture through fine-mesh sieve into saucepan, pressing on solids with back of spoon and scraping bottom of sieve to extract pulp. Discard solids.
Stir lemon juice into raspberry mixture; cook over medium heat, stirring, until hot, about 2 minutes. Whisk cornstarch with 2 tsp water until smooth; stir into raspberry mixture. Bring to boil; boil, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Transfer to bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 48 hours.) Serve with cake.
Sushi lovers, take note: These deconstructed California roll bowls come together in less time than it takes to order takeout. Quinoa cooks quickly, which makes it a great option, but you can use any kind of grain if you're not in a rush.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
Portion size4 servings
, thinly sliced (light and dark green parts separated)
, finely grated or pressed
, peeled, pitted and sliced
sweet red pepper
, cut in matchsticks
, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
black sesame seeds
sodium-reduced soy sauce
Per serving: about
Total fat12 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate34 g
In saucepan, bring 2 cups water to boil; stir in quinoa. Return to boil; reduce heat to low, cover and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; fluff with fork.
In nonstick skillet, heat 1 tsp of the sesame oil over medium heat; cook light parts of green onions, the ginger and garlic, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in quinoa and salt; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
Divide quinoa mixture among serving bowls. Top with salmon, avocado, red pepper, cucumber, dark parts of green onions and the sesame seeds.
Whisk together soy sauce, wasabi and remaining sesame oil; drizzle over bowls.
The secret to achieving a fluffy texture: Add a splash of milk to the dense batter. Serve the finished cake with jam, berries, chocolate sauce or lemon curd, or have it all by itself.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
1 1/4 cup
1 3/4 cup
per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat8 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light, fluffy and pale yellow, about 5 minutes. Add 1 egg; beat for 2 minutes, scraping down side. Repeat with remaining eggs, adding 1 at a time. Beat in milk, vanilla and salt until combined (mixture may appear curdled).
Add half of the flour; stir gently just until combined. Repeat with remaining flour. Scrape into parchment paper–line 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan, smoothing top.
Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until top is golden and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 1 1/4 hours. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely. Peel off parchment paper. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap; store for up to 2 days.)
Change it up: Blueberry Lemon Buttery Pound Cake Set aside 1 tbsp of the flour before beginning. Add 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest when beating in milk, vanilla and salt. Toss 1 1/2 cups fresh wild blueberries with reserved flour; fold into batter. Bake as directed.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: To keep crust from overbrowning, use a light-coloured loaf pan. Darker pans tend to impart a deeper colouring to buttery baked goods.