A sweet blend of white chocolate and cream cheese naturally complements the bright flavours of fresh fruit. This tasty dip was inspired by the lovely White Chocolate Cheesecake Dip made by Renée's Gourmet.
Portion size375 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2004
grated orange rind
<b>Per 1 tbsp (15 mL):</b> about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate3 g
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt white chocolate with cream, stirring gently until smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
In separate bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar until fluffy; beat in orange rind. Stir in chocolate mixture and orange liqueur. (Make-ahead: Scrape into airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
<b>Per 1 tbsp (15 mL):</b> about
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.)
These sweet-tangy pastries are ideal for easy holiday entertaining. Bake them straight from frozen for instant hot hors d'oeuvres or pair them with a crisp salad for an elegant first course. Make sure to cut the apple into paper-thin slices so you have enough to garnish each tartlet.
On lightly floured work surface, gently roll out pastry into 12-inch (30 cm) square; prick all over with fork. Cut into 16 squares; transfer to parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheets. Brush tops of pastry with mustard mixture, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border. Arrange 3 apple slices in centre of each. (Make-ahead: Freeze until firm. Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; freeze for up to 2 weeks. Add 2 minutes to baking time.)
Whisk egg with 1 tsp water; generously brush over pastry edges. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 400°F (200°C) oven until pastry is crisp and golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Sprinkle with Blue cheese.
While tartlets are baking, in small saucepan, bring icewine, sugar, shallot and peppercorns to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and syrupy, about 6 minutes.
Strain syrup through fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids with back of spoon; discard solids. Drizzle syrup over tartlets. Sprinkle with tarragon.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Sprinkle the cheese over the tartlets as soon as they come out of the oven so that it will melt slightly.
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.
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.