In saucepan, heat cream over medium-high heat until steaming hot. In bowl, whisk egg yolks with granulated sugar; very gradually whisk in cream. Whisk in vanilla. Add ginger. Skim off foam.
Divide mixture among eight 3/4-cup (175 mL) ramekins or custard cups.
Place ramekins in 2 large shallow pans. Gently pour boiling water into pans to come halfway up sides of ramekins.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until edges are set but centres still quiver and small knife inserted into centres comes out creamy. Remove from water; let cool on racks. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until chilled and set, or for up to 2 days.
Fill two shallow pans with enough ice cubes to surround ramekins; nestle chilled custards among cubes. Pat surface of each custard dry; sprinkle evenly with brown sugar.
Broil 6 inches (15 cm) from heat for 2 to 6 minutes or until sugar bubbles and turns dark brown, rearranging pans and removing each ramekin when ready. Chill, uncovered, for at least 10 minutes before serving, or for up to 3 hours.
These sparkly ginger owls are an adorable take on gingerbread men. We've chosen to decorate with snowy colours, but there's enough icing for you to play around with different shades.
Portion size30 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
each cinnamon and
4 2/3 cups
per cookie: about
Total fat3 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate31 g
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg, fancy molasses and cooking molasses. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions just until combined. If necessary, knead gently to form dough. Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
Let dough stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll out, about 15 minutes. Between waxed paper or on lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 3 1/2- x 2 3/4-inch (9 x 7 cm) oval cookie cutter, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps as necessary. Using tapered end of cookie cutter, cut half an oval from tops of cookies to create owl ears. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 325?F (160?C) oven just until firm, about 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 1 minute; transfer directly to racks to cool completely.
Royal Icing: Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat meringue powder with 1/2 cup water until foamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in icing sugar until stiff and glossy, about 9 minutes.
Using black food colouring, tint 1 cup of the icing light grey and cover with damp towel; tint 1 cup of the remaining icing medium grey and cover with damp towel. Tint one-third of the remaining icing black, one-third of the remaining icing orange and leave remaining icing white; cover bowls with damp towels.
Spoon one-third of the light grey icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe outlines along edges of cookies. Let stand until dry, about 15 minutes. To remaining light grey icing, gradually add water, 1/2 tsp at a time, until mixture is consistency of molasses. Spoon onto centres of cookies; using toothpick or skewer, spread to piped edges, popping any air bubbles. Let stand until dry, about 1 hour.
Spoon one-third of the medium grey icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe outlines of wings onto owls. Let stand until dry, about 15 minutes. To remaining medium grey icing, gradually add water, 1/2 tsp at a time, until mixture is consistency or of molasses. Spoon inside border of wings; using toothpick or skewer, spread to piped edges, popping any air bubbles. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle wings with decorating sugar; let dry completely, about 1 hour.
Spoon white icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe eyes onto owls. Spoon orange icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe beaks. Spoon black icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe claws and eye pupils onto owls. Let dry completely, about 1 hour.
Our set-and-forget version of this classic Easter dish is a win-win: Your oven is free to make the holiday ham and the slow cooker's gentle heat creates incredibly tender and creamy potatoes. You'll need at least a six-quart slow cooker for this recipe.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2015
peeled and cut in scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick rounds
trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
In large bowl, gently toss together potatoes, fennel, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. In small bowl, whisk cream with potato starch until smooth.
In lightly greased slow cooker, layer half of the potato mixture. Sprinkle with one- quarter of the Gruyère and half of the bacon. Pour in half of the cream mixture. Top with remaining potato mixture, another quarter of the Gruyère and the remaining bacon and cream mixture.
Cover and cook on high until potatoes are tender, about 4-1/2 hours. Turn off slow cooker; sprinkle with remaining Gruyère. Cover and let stand until cheese is melted and some of the liquid has absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: We've made this dish without gluten by using potato starch as a thickener, but feel free to substitute with all-purpose flour if gluten isn't a concern for your guests.
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Stir in cherries; knead gently just until dough comes together.
Divide dough into thirds. Working one-third at a time, place dough on large piece of plastic wrap. Covering loosely with plastic wrap, shape into 8-inch (20 cm) long log. Flatten sides to form 1-inch (2.5 cm) tall rectangle; twist ends of plastic wrap to seal. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Trim ends of logs; slice dough into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds, reshaping as needed. Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375?F (190?C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until light golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
The flavours of barbecue chicken and homemade cranberry sauce become one in this sweet sauce. Serve it alongside a turkey dinner for a modern spin on jelly. It's also lip-smackingly good on the leftover-turkey sandwiches!
Prep time25 minutes
Total time1 hour & 30 minutes
bottled strained tomatoes (passata)
red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon
In saucepan, bring strained tomatoes, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and 1/4 cup water to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Add cranberries; cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are beginning to break down, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week.)