Pâte Sablé: In food processor, pulse flour, icing sugar and salt ; pulse in butter until in fine crumbs. Add yolks; pulse just until clumped together. Press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) tart pan with removable bottom. Prick bottom and side all over with fork. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Line with foil; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven for 13 minutes. Remove foil and weights; bake until light golden, 7 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl, whisk together sugar, lemon juice, egg yolks, eggs, lemon rind and salt. Place over saucepan of simmering water; cook, whisking, until thick enough to coat back of spoon and instant-read digital thermometer registers 170°F (77°C), about 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter until melted. Scrape into warm tart shell.
Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven just until filling is set and no longer shiny, about 12 minutes. Let cool.
Make a double batch of these tropical bars—they'll disappear from your sweet tray faster than you think!
Portion size36 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
PiÃ±a Colada Filling:
drained and squeezed dry
sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cup
per piece: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate11 g
Shortbread Crust: In large bowl, beat together butter, sugar and salt until fluffy; stir in flour in 2 additions. Press into bottom of parchment paper–lined9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan. Bake in325°F (160°C) oven until golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Piña Colada Filling: Meanwhile, in bowl, beat together eggs, brown sugar and salt until pale, about 2 minutes. Stir in pineapple, coconut and rum extract. Pour over crust. Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until edges are light golden, 27 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan, about 1 hour.
To finish: Lift out onto cutting board; cut into squares.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the pineapple to ensure that it's dry. Save the juice for stirring into cocktails!
Make this rich, creamy spread ahead of time to allow the mushroom flavours to develop. Use any combination of wild mushrooms you can find—or, in a pinch, opt for cremini mushrooms. Serve at room temperature with crackers or toast points.
Portion size2 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
(such as shiitake, oyster or chanterelle), chopped
thinly sliced (light and dark green parts separated)
salt and pepper
per tbsp: about
Total fat3 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate1 g
In large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook mushrooms, light parts of green onions and the thyme, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender and just beginning to brown and no liquid remains, 12 to 15 minutes. Add brandy; cook, stirring, until no liquid remains, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper; let cool completely. Discard thyme.
In food processor, pulse cream cheese until smooth. Add mushroom mixture; pulse, scraping down side of bowl often, until combined. Scrape into bowl; stir in dark green parts of green onions and the parsley. Serve at room temperature. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.)
If the stomach is indeed the way to a loved one's heart, then this ultra-decadent chocolate cake is sure to seal the deal. Just as easy and versatile as a cake mix— but way more moist and delicious—it's a recipe you'll want to make again and again.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2014
Buttery Chocolate Icing
per each of 16 servings: about
Total fat48 g
Saturated fat23 g
Total carbohydrate86 g
Grease two 9-inch (1.5 L) round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.
In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in coffee, oil and vanilla. Stir in vinegar. Divide between prepared pans. Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Let cool in pans on racks for 10 minutes. Invert onto racks; peel off paper. Let cool completely.
Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.
Cut each cake in half horizontally to make four layers. Place one layer, cut side up, on cake plate; slide strips of waxed paper between cake and plate. Spread about 3/4 cup of the icing over cut side; top with second layer, cut side down. Spread about 3/4 cup of the remaining icing over top of stack. Repeat with remaining layers, omitting icing on top of stack. Using large offset palette knife, spread about 1 cup of the remaining icing all over cake to seal in crumbs; refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes.
Using large offset palette knife, spread remaining icing all over cake, smoothing sides and top. Run tip of palette knife back and forth loosely across top to form gentle ripples, if desired.
Make-ahead: Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Change it Up - The Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes: Divide batter among 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack; let cool completely. Top with 1 batch Buttery Chocolate Icing
Change it Up: The Ultimate Chocolate Slab Cake: Grease 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan; line bottom with parchment paper. Set aside. Prepare batter as directed; scrape into prepared pan. Bake until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Invert onto rack; peel off paper. Let cool completely. Invert onto cake plate; top with 1 batch Buttery Chocolate Icing.
This is a great project for beginner bakers, as the French-style layered sponge cake involves many classic techniques. To bring your eggs to room temperature quickly, submerge them in lukewarm water for 10 minutes, changing the water halfway through.
Caramel Mousse: In small saucepan, add 2 tbsp water; sprinkle gelatin over top. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in separate saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and 3 tbsp water to boil, stirring, just until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring, until amber in colour, about 4 minutes. Standing back and averting face, stir in 1/2 cup of the cream, along with the butter, vanilla and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the sauce for topping cake. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
Cook gelatin mixture over medium heat just until dissolved, about 30 seconds. Stir in remaining caramel sauce until smooth and combined, about 1 minute. Scrape into large bowl; let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
In separate large bowl, beat remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Stir one-quarter of the cream into cooled caramel-gelatin mixture until combined; fold mixture back into cream just until no white streaks remain. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours; whisk gently until smooth before using.)
G?noise Cake: In large bowl, beat eggs with sugar until mixture is tripled in volume, glossy, almost white and batter falls in ribbons that hold their shape for 8 to 10 seconds when beater is lifted (this can take 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the type of mixer). Beat in vanilla. Sift in one-third of the flour and the salt; fold in just until combined and no white streaks remain, about 4 folds. Working in 2 batches, repeat with remaining flour. (Do not overmix, or batter will deflate.)
Stir together about 1 cup of the batter with melted butter until smooth; fold back into remaining batter just until combined, about 6 folds. Divide among 2 greased, floured and parchment paper–lined 8-inch (1.2 L) round cake pans. Bake in 350F (180C) oven
until light golden and cake pulls away from edge of pan and springs back when surface is gently pressed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pans on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; let cool completely on rack.
Praline: Meanwhile, arrange pecans in centre of parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. In small saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and 2 tbsp water to boil, stirring, until sugar is just dissolved. Boil, without stirring, until amber in colour, about 4 minutes. Drizzle over pecans; let cool until hardened, about 40 minutes. Break into 4 pieces. Transfer to food processor; pulse into coarse chunks. Set aside. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
Whipped Cream Icing: In small saucepan, add 2 tbsp water; sprinkle gelatin over top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Cook over medium heat until just dissolved, about 1 minute; set aside to cool. In large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Beat in icing sugar and gelatin mixture until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Cut each cake in half horizontally. Place 1 bottom half, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread one-third of the caramel mousse over top; sprinkle with one-quarter of the praline. Repeat with remaining 3 cake layers, leaving top of final layer bare. Spread icing over side and top of cake; drizzle with some reserved caramel sauce. (If needed, reheat sauce in saucepan over low heat or in microwave just until softened.) Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Sprinkle with remaining praline. Serve any remaining caramel sauce on the side.
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