In small dry skillet, toast pine nuts over medium heat, shaking pan often, until light golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to food processor and let cool.
Add basil, salt and pepper; finely chop together. With motor running, add oil in thin steady stream until pureed. Pulse in Parmesan cheese and garlic. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.)
Make your own delectable custardy tarts instead of buying them. We've subbed in the very Canadian ingredient maple syrup for the more common corn syrup. Plus, we've included variations on the classic, with chocolate and pecans instead of raisins.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: July 2013
(No. 1 medium grade)
Sour Cream Pastry:
1 1/4 cup
Per serving: about
Total fat15 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate35 g
Sour Cream Pastry: In bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender, cut in butter and lard until in fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. Whisk water with sour cream; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing briskly with fork and adding more water if necessary to form ragged dough. Press into disc; wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to generous 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter, cut out 12 circles, rerolling and cutting scraps. Fit into 12 muffin cups; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, eggs, vinegar and salt. Divide walnuts, currants and raisins among pastry shells. Spoon scant 1/4 cup filling into each shell.
Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven until filling is set and pastry is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Run thin knife around edges to release tarts. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)
Rice replaces bread in this hearty gluten-free stuffing. Slowly caramelized shallots add layers of flavour, while a sprinkling of crispy fried shallots delivers a satisfying crunch. The rice mixture is best made the day of, but if you'd like to do some prep work ahead of time, chop the veggies and caramelize the shallots the day before.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
dry white wine
2 1/4 cups
brown and wild rice blend
(such as Lundberg Wild Blend Rice)
3 1/2 cups
sodium-reduced chicken broth
salt and pepper
per serving: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate45 g
In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook celery, carrot, garlic, sage, thyme, pepper and salt, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to high; add wine. Cook, stirring, until no liquid remains, about 3 minutes. Stir in rice and broth. (Adjust amount of broth according to directions on package of rice.) Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until no liquid remains, about 55 minutes. Fluff with fork.
Shallots: Meanwhile, set aside 3 of the shallots; halve remaining shallots lengthwise. In cast-iron or heavybottomed skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook halved shallots, salt and pepper, stirring and adding 1 to 2 tbsp water every 5 to 10 minutes, until softened, golden brown and caramelized, about 40 minutes. (Makeahead: Let cool completely; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Meanwhile, slice reserved shallots into thin rings; toss with cornstarch, shaking off excess. In heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 1/4-inch (5 mm) oil; working in batches, cook shallot rings until golden brown, about 1 minute. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined plate to drain. (Make-ahead: Store at room temperature for up to 2 hours.)
Stir caramelized shallots into rice mixture; scrape into 8-cup (2 L) casserole dish. Whisk egg with 2 tsp water; brush over mixture. Top with butter; cover with foil. Bake in 450 F (230 C) oven for 20 minutes; remove foil and cook until top is browned and crispy, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with shallot rings.
This naturally gluten-free cake is so moist and delicious you won't even miss the flour. And it keeps for days in an airtight container at room temperature— perfect for treats or desserts throughout the week.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2014
per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate25 g
Grease 9-inch (2.5 L) springform pan;line bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
In large bowl and using hand mixer, beat together egg yolks, sugar, orange zest, vanilla and cinnamon until butter-coloured and thick enough to form long ribbons that hold their shape for 2 seconds when beaters are lifted, about 5 minutes. Fold in almonds and orange juice.
In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Stir one-quarter into egg yolk mixture until combined. Fold in remaining egg whites until combined. Scrape into prepared pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake pulls away from side of pan and top is golden and firm to the touch, about 35 minutes. Run knife around edge; let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes.
Transfer cake to rack; let cool completely. Dust with icing sugar. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.)
Tips from The Test Kitchen:
• Many flourless cakes sink a bit in the middle, so don't worry if that happens—it won't impact the taste.
• The icing sugar will dissolve as it stands on the moist cake, so dust it over top just before serving.
It takes just five simple ingredients to create this crunchy confection from our Holiday Celebrations 2009 special issue. To ensure an airy toffee, do not overstir the caramel when adding the baking soda. Dip the pieces in white chocolate for a festive touch.
Portion size48 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
2 1/2 cups
white corn syrup
per piece: about
Total fat0 g
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate14 g
In large saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 1/3 cup water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves. 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 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Standing back and averting face, whisk in baking soda and vanilla. (Caramel will bubble and sputter and increase in volume.) Do not overmix.
Pour into greased parchment paper– lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan. Let cool in pan for 2 hours. Break into 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.)