In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in cornstarch; stir in flour. Gather into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Between waxed paper, roll out dough to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 2- or 3-inch (5 or 8 cm) decorative cookie cutter, cut out shapes. Freeze on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets for 10 minutes or until firm.
Bake in top and bottom thirds of 275°F (140°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until firm to the touch and bottoms are light golden, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks for 10 minutes; transfer to racks and let cool completely.
Icing Paint: Whisk sugar with water until spreadable, adding more water if necessary. Divide among small bowls; tint with colouring as desired. Using palette or small knife, spread thin coat on cookies. Let dry about 4 hours. Meanwhile, scoop remaining icing into separate resealable plastic bags; seal and set aside.
Snip small opening off corner of each icing bag. Pipe patterns onto cookies. Let dry, about 4 hours.
These flourless pancakes taste a bit like the centre of a piece of French toast. Fry up a batch (or two!) on the weekend and keep the wrapped pancakes in your fridge or freezer for an easy microwaveable breakfast you'll actually want to eat.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
chopped shelled pistachios
Per pancake: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
In bowl, mash 1 of the bananas until smooth. Stir in 2 tsp of the honey, the baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir in eggs until well combined.
Measure out 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat; lightly brush with some of the oil. Working in batches, drop batter by 2 tbsp into skillet; sprinkle 1/2 tsp of the pistachios over each pancake. Cook until bottoms are golden, about 2 minutes. Turn pancakes; cook until bottoms are golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining oil, batter and all but 2 tsp of the pistachios. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 3 weeks; reheat in microwave or toaster.)
Slice remaining banana; arrange over pancakes. Sprinkle with remaining pistachios; drizzle with remaining honey.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Flourless pancakes can be tricky to flip, but here's a trick: Use a thin spatula and lightly mist it with cooking spray before turning the pancakes.
The addictive combination of chocolate and peanut butter guarantees that these cookies will be a favourite on your holiday goodie tray.
Portion size36 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
2 1/4 cups
Pure Milk Chocolate Chips
REESE Peanut Butter Chips
per cookie: about
Total fat14 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate15 g
Dough: In large bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy; beat in sugar and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with salt; stir into cream cheese mixture in 2 additions just until combined. Divide dough into thirds; shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Filling: Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse together chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and peanuts until finely chopped. Set aside.
Assembly: Between waxed paper or on lightly floured work surface, roll out dough, 1 disc at a time, into 12-inch (30 cm) circle. Chill for 15 minutes. Spread with 1/4 cup of the peanut butter. Cut into 12 wedges. Sprinkle one-third of the chocolate chip mixture over dough, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border. Starting at wide end, roll up each wedge, pressing tip to adhere. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Brush with egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. (Make-ahead: Freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; freeze for up to 3 weeks.)
Bake in top and bottom thirds of 325?F (160?C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until edges are golden, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely on pans.
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.
This Chinese classic gets a wholesome makeover by replacing the meat with loads of fresh vegetables. Korean hot pepper paste isn't traditionally found in ma po tofu, but it adds a nice kick. Look for it in the Asian section of your grocery store, or substitute with one teaspoon of sriracha.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016
20-minute whole grain
vegetable oil or
quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise in scant 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick pieces
trimmed and cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm) lengths
In saucepan, cook rice according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry carrot, three-quarters of the green onions and the ginger until carrot is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add green beans and mushrooms; stir-fry until green beans are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in black bean garlic sauce and hot pepper paste; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 cup water; stir into vegetable mixture. Bring to boil; boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium. Add tofu; cook, stirring gently, until tofu is coated and warmed through, about 3 minutes. If necessary, add water, 1 tbsp at a time, to reach desired consistency.
Divide rice among serving bowls; top with ma po tofu. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Use medium-firm tofu in stir-fries. It has a delicate texture yet doesn't fall apart as easily as soft tofu.