This treat tastes like a cross between traditional peanut brittle and sesame crisps. Salted nuts add a nice contrast to the sweet, sticky corn syrup. For the best results, be sure to use an accurate digital candy thermometer.
In large saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3/4 cup water to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 235°F or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms soft pliable ball, about 10 minutes.
Stir in butter and salt; boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately stir in nuts, sesame seeds, vanilla and baking soda.
Immediately pour onto parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Using greased offset palette knife, spread in even layer to desired thickness. Let cool completely in pan. Break into shards. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container in cool dark place for up to 1 week.)
Meringue Nests: In large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy; beat in cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar, 2 tbsp at a time, until stiff glossy peaks form.
Using pencil, draw six 3-inch (8 cm) circles on parchment paper; turn paper over and place on rimmed baking sheet. Using piping bag fitted with 1/2-inch (1 cm) plain tip, pipe meringue in concentric circles to fill inside of each drawn circle. Pipe stacked circles at outer edges of meringues to form 1 1/4-inch (3 cm) high nests. (Alternatively, spoon meringue into rounds; with back of spoon, form each round into nest.)
Bake in 200°F (100°C) oven until dry and crisp, about 2 hours. Turn off oven; let stand in oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven; peel off parchment paper. Let cool completely on pan. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.)
Cranberry Pear Filling: While meringues are cooling, in large saucepan, bring
pears, cranberries, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and 1/2 cup water to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until pears are tender but still retain their shape, about 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Bring to room temperature, about 45 minutes.
Brandy Whipped Cream: In bowl, beat cream with sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold in brandy.
Assembly: Spoon filling into nests; top with whipped cream.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Keep your oven door closed (no peeking!) while the meringues are baking and cooling to prevent them from cracking.
This fresh meal packs all the flavour of Greek salad into a hearty pasta. Be sure to keep some of the cooking water before you drain the spaghetti—the starchy liquid helps create a luscious sauce when you stir it into the pasta at the end.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time20 minutes
hot pepper flakes
(21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
(about 475 g)
Per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate50 g
In large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, drain. Set aside.
In same pan, heat oil over medium heat; cook garlic, oregano and hot pepper flakes, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and red onion; cook, stirring, until shrimp are beginning to turn pink, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and olives; cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are pink and opaque throughout and tomatoes are beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
Stir in pasta, parsley and reserved cooking liquid; cook for 1 minute. Top with feta.
Creamy coconut milk and rich white chocolate, which come together in this velvety-smooth and perfectly sweet custard, are a match made in heaven. For easy slicing, let the tart chill once you've added the custard. Use a vegetable peeler to easily shave the chocolate garnish.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
(about 1 oz), shaved in curls
Coconut Whipped Cream:
whipping cream 35%
White Chocolate Coconut Custard:
(about 2-1/4 oz), finely chopped
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat30 g
Saturated fat20 g
Total carbohydrate30 g
White Chocolate Coconut Custard: In glass measure, combine coconut milk and enough milk to yield 2 cups liquid. In heatproof bowl, whisk together half of the coconut milk mixture, the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch.
In heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat remaining coconut milk mixture over medium heat just until bubbles form around edge; gradually whisk into egg yolk mixture. Return to saucepan; cook, whisking, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 7 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into clean bowl; stir in chocolate and vanilla until melted and smooth, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of custard. Refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk flour with sugar. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. Whisk egg yolk with 2 tbsp water; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing with fork until dough clumps.
Turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface. Press into smooth disc. Roll out to 11-inch (28 cm) circle; arrange in lightly greased 9-inch (23 cm) tart pan with removable bottom. Trim edge, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang; fold overhang inside pan, pressing pastry up sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Prick bottom of pastry with fork at 1/2-inch (1 cm) intervals. Arrange sheet of foil over pastry; fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake on rimmed baking sheet in bottom third of 400 F (200 C) oven for 20 minutes. Remove pie weights and foil; bake until crust is golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.
Fill crust with custard, smoothing top. Cover surface of custard directly with plastic wrap; refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Remove plastic wrap.
Coconut Whipped Cream: Beat together cream, sugar and coconut extract until stiff peaks form; spoon onto custard. Sprinkle with chocolate curls.