"One surefire way to appeal to a crowd is to serve a classic dessert with a fresh twist. These stunning tarts combine the flavours of two standby recipes: cherry pie and tiramisu. The mascarpone topping imparts a rich creaminess that makes the tarts extra indulgent." — Irene Fong, senior Food specialist
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
frozen pitted sour
crème de cassis
sheet (450 g pkg)
whipping cream 35%
dark chocolate (about 1/2 oz)
per serving: about
Total fat16 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate29 g
In saucepan, cook sour cherries, granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and 3 tbsp water over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cherries are tender yet retain their shape, about 8 minutes. Stir in dried cherries and crème de cassis (if using).
Whisk cornstarch with 3 tbsp water until smooth; whisk into cherry mixture. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let cool completely, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days; stir in 1 tbsp hot water and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Meanwhile, on large sheet of parchment paper, unroll 1 sheet of the pastry; fold pastry in half. Roll out into 15- x 6-inch (38 x 15 cm) rectangle. Lifting parchment paper by edges, transfer pastry to large rimless baking sheet. Make diagonal 3/4-inch (2 cm) cut at each corner. Repeat with remaining pastry.
Whisk egg yolk with 1 tsp water; lightly brush some of the egg yolk mixture along edges of pastry. Fold edges over, pressing to adhere. Brush remaining egg yolk mixture all over pastry. Prick centres all over with fork.
Bake, 1 sheet at time, in 400°F (200°C) oven until puffed and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly on pan; using spatula, gently press centres of pastry to flatten. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in bowl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. In separate bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture.
Spread mascarpone mixture onto centres of pastry; top with cherry mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate.
(about one-eighth pkg), softened
Per piece: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate7 g
Cinnamon Knots: In small bowl, mix sugar with cinnamon. On work surface, gently unroll pastry; brush pastry with butter. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Cut lengthwise into ten 1-inch wide strips; halve crosswise to make 20 rectangles. Working with 1 rectangle at a time, bring short ends together; tie in loose knot.
Arrange, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven until light golden, about 15 minutes.
Cream Cheese Dip: While pastry is baking, in bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy; beat in icing sugar. Gradually beat in milk until smooth. Serve with Cinnamon Knots.
A French term that means "paving stone," pavé describes the brick shape of this elegant dessert. Whisky often has notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate, making it a lovely complement to desserts featuring those same flavours.
Chocolate Whiskey Pavé: Line 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving 4-inch (10 cm) overhang. Set aside.
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt butter with chocolate, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in whisky. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-quarter into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top; fold overhang over top. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Unwrap and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes; using hot knife, slice pavé crosswise.
Sponge Toffee: While pavé is chilling, in 6-cup (1.5 L) saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3 tbsp water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F (149°C) or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 12 minutes.
Remove from heat; standing back and averting face, pour in vanilla. Add baking soda, whisking just until combined, about 2 or 3 times. (Mixture will bubble, sputter and increase in volume.)
Pour into parchment paper–lined 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan (do not scrape bottom of saucepan). Let cool in pan, undisturbed, for about 2 hours. Using serrated knife, cut toffee into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.) Serve with pavé.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For puffed, airy sponge toffee, resist the urge to scrape the bottom of the saucepan when pouring the syrup into the loaf pan. Otherwise, the denser syrup that collects at the bottom will deflate the lighter syrup as it settles in the loaf pan.
"Hummingbird cake has the crushed pineapple, nuts and spices you'd find in carrot cake, but instead of shredded carrots, the batter is studded with diced bananas. A swirl of cream cheese icing is all you need on top, but if you really want to knock everyone's socks off, top your cupcakes with our Pineapple Flowers, attaching the banana chips and pecan halves with dabs of icing." — Annabelle Waugh, Food director
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
Cream Cheese Icing:
each baking powder and
1 1/2 cup
per cupcake: about
Total fat22 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate48 g
Cupcakes: In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla until smooth; pour over flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fold in bananas, pineapple and pecans.
Divide batter among 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Transfer to resealable freezer bag; freeze for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in vanilla. Beat in icing sugar, one-third at a time, until smooth. Pipe or spread icing onto cupcakes. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Garnish: Top each cupcake with 1 banana chip and 1 pecan half.
Pineapple Flowers: Using chef's knife, trim top and bottom from 1 large pineapple. Slice off skin, following contour of pineapple. Using vegetable peeler, remove any remaining eyes. Lay pineapple on its side; slice crosswise into scant 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick rounds. Arrange on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 225°F (110°C) oven, turning pineapples once and switching and rotating pans every 30 minutes, until leathery and lightly darkened around edges, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Press slices into muffin pan wells. Let stand for at least 12 hours.