"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.
Weeknight entertaining is a breeze when you put your slow cooker to work! Adding a bit of flour to the sauce at the end of cooking turns it into a rich gravy to serve alongside the roast. Green peas and mashed sweet potatoes make great accompaniments to this hearty cold-weather dish.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
boneless beef pot roast (top or bottom blade, or cross rib)
sodium-reduced beef broth
liquid honey and Worcestershire sauce
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat25 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
Sprinkle beef with 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the pepper. Set aside.
In slow cooker, combine onion, garlic and bay leaf. Place beef over top. Whisk together broth, vinegar, tomato paste, mustard, honey, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary and remaining salt and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, 8 to 10 hours.
Transfer beef to cutting board; remove any butcher's twine. Keep beef warm.
Discard bay leaf. Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid. Whisk flour with 1/4 cup water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.
Thinly slice beef across the grain; serve with sauce.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For the most flavourful sauce, choose a good-quality balsamic vinegar. Taste the sauce before serving; if it's very tangy, stir in up to one tablespoon of granulated sugar until dissolved sweetness.
Brisket is a hearty main often favoured for Sunday dinners. Here, it's a fuss-free weeknight option—just throw the ingredients together in the morning and come home to fall-apart-tender meat. Serve with mashed potatoes and tender-crisp saut?ed green beans to round out the meal.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2015
brisket pot roast
per serving: about
Total fat24 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate28 g
Arrange onion in bottom of slow cooker; place beef on top. In bowl, whisk together cranberry sauce, chili sauce, ginger, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, salt and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, about 8 hours.
Carefully scrape any cranberry mixture off top of beef. Remove beef to cutting board; tent with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
While beef is resting, skim fat from juices in slow cooker. In small bowl, whisk cornstarch with 3 tbsp water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve with beef.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: A double brisket is made up of both lean and fatty meats, so you can have your choice at the dinner table. If the brisket's too large for your slow cooker, you may need to cut it in half to fit.
Look for matcha powder (ground green tea leaves) in Japanese specialty stores or the tea section of grocery and bulk food stores. For a polished end-result, make sure the fudge is completely set before slicing.
Portion size36 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
sweetened condensed milk
roasted and chopped
per piece: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate14 g
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, heat together chocolate, condensed milk, matcha powder and salt, stirring, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.
Scrape into parchment paper– lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan, smoothing top. Sprinkle with pistachios, pressing gently to adhere. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.
Lift out onto cutting board; using hot knife, cut into squares. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For perfect squares of fudge, make sure it's completely set before slicing. Run a thin, sharp knife under hot water and dry between each cut for a smooth, polsihed finish.