The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 teaspoon
2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.
Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.
This recipe calls for medium heat, but depending on your stove, you may need to adjust the temperature to achieve the perfect golden-brown colour. Start by preheating your skillet and testing the temperature on a single pancake.
Portion size14 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016
1 1/2 cup
each baking powder and
1 3/4 cup
per pancake: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate11 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla; whisk into flour mixture until combined yet slightly lumpy.
Lightly brush large nonstick skillet or griddle with some of the oil; heat over medium heat. Working in batches and brushing pan with remaining oil as necessary, drop batter by 1/4 cup, spreading slightly; cook until bubbles form on tops, about 3 minutes. Turn pancakes; cook until bottoms are golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet; cover with foil and keep warm in 250°F (120°C) oven until ready to serve.
Whole wheat Buttermilk Pancakes Substitute 3/4 cup of the all-purpose flour with all-purpose whole wheat flour.
Banana Buttermilk Pancakes Top each pancake with about 1 tbsp chopped banana (about 1 banana total) before turning.
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes Top each pancake with about 1 tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries (about 3/4 cup total) before turning.
Amaretto-soaked ladyfingers, fluffy mascarpone cream, tangy lemon curd and sugared almonds—what's not to like about this layered dessert? Make it a day ahead, then top with the whipped cream and almonds just before serving.
Portion size20 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2015
1 1/2 cup
sliced natural (skin-on)
(about 4 inches/10 cm long)
tub (475 g)
2 1/2 cups
whipping cream 35%
per each of 20 servings: about
Total fat37 g
Saturated fat20 g
Total carbohydrate44 g
Toss almonds with egg white to coat; stir in 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar until well combined. Spread on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven, stirring once, until light golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
While almonds are baking, in large heatproof bowl, whisk together egg yolks, 1-1/2 cups of the granulated sugar, the lemon zest and lemon juice. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water; cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, 1 tbsp at a time. Strain through fine- mesh sieve into clean bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until curd is thick enough to mound firmly on spoon, about 1 hour. (Make- ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
While lemon curd is chilling, in saucepan, cook remaining granulated sugar with 1/4 cup water over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Stir in amaretto. Quickly dip both sides of ladyfingers in amaretto mixture; arrange in single layer in 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish.
In large bowl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. In separate bowl, beat 1-1/2 cups of the cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture. Spoon mixture over ladyfingers, spreading to edges. Spread lemon curd evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
In bowl, beat remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Spoon over lemon curd, leaving border of curd. Sprinkle with almonds.
A super-quick tomato sauce made using bottled passata does double duty in this restaurant favourite, acting as a sauce for both the chicken and pasta. Cost: $4.10/serving
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2015
Italian herb seasoning
bottle (660 ml)
sweet red pepper
salt and pepper
boneless skinless chicken breasts
per serving: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate80 g
In saucepan, heat half of the oil over medium heat; cook garlic, stirring, for 1 minute. Add carrots, onion and Italian seasoning; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.
Stir in strained tomatoes, red pepper and half each of the salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, place 1 chicken breast on cutting board. Holding knife blade parallel to board and with opposite hand on top of chicken, slice horizontally all the way through breast to form 2 thin cutlets. Repeat with remaining chicken. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with remaining salt and pepper.
In large nonstick skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; working in batches, cook chicken, turning once, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
Spoon 2 tbsp of the tomato sauce over each chicken cutlet, spreading evenly; sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until cheese is melted and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and toss with remaining tomato sauce to coat. Stir in basil. Serve with chicken.