In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, sage, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat spoon, about 5 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days)
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Stir in cherries; knead gently just until dough comes together.
Divide dough into thirds. Working one-third at a time, place dough on large piece of plastic wrap. Covering loosely with plastic wrap, shape into 8-inch (20 cm) long log. Flatten sides to form 1-inch (2.5 cm) tall rectangle; twist ends of plastic wrap to seal. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Trim ends of logs; slice dough into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds, reshaping as needed. Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375?F (190?C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until light golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
These fragrantly spiced cookies originatefrom Holland, where they are enjoyed at the feast of Sinterklaas (S. Nicholas, a Dutch holiday character).
Portion size15 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
each cinnamon and ground
ground cloves and ground nutmeg
salt and pepper
per cookie: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate25 g
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in egg. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir into butter mixture just until combined.
Turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface; knead a few times until smooth. Divide dough in half; shape into 2 discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Dust 3- x 4 1/2-inch (8 x 11 cm) wooden cookie (speculaas) moulds lightly with flour. Add 2 tbsp of the dough to each mould, pressing firmly and tapping on work surface to imprint image. Flip over; tap corner of moulds or use blunt end of knife to release dough. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Trim excess dough from around edges. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350?F (180?C) oven until edges are darkened and tops
are firm, about 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 3 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Look for speculaas moulds in Dutch stores. They vary in size, so adjust the amount of dough per cookie and the baking time accordingly.
This impressive roast is coated in a crispy, flavour-packed crust that adds elegance to your dinner plate. To carve, remove the bones and cut thin slices across the grain. If you have guests who prefer different levels of doneness, save the centre slices for the rare-beef lovers and the outer pieces for those who prefer their meat well done.
Prep time30 minutes
Total time3 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size12 servings
beef standing rib premium oven roast
(about 3.25 kg)
, finely grated or pressed
dry red wine
sodium-reduced beef broth
salt and pepper
Per serving: about
Total fat35 g
Saturated fat14 g
Total carbohydrate4 g
Roast: Place beef, bone side down, on greased rack in roasting pan. Brush top and sides of beef with mustard. Stir together rosemary, thyme, peppercorns, garlic, orange zest and salt; spread over beef, pressing to adhere. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Roast in 450°F oven for 19 minutes. Reduce heat to 275°F; roast, basting occasionally if necessary, until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reads 140°F for medium-rare, 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 hours. Transfer to cutting board; let rest for 15 minutes before slicing across the grain.
Gravy: While beef is resting, discard all but 1/4 cup of fat from pan. Sprinkle in flour; cook over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant and golden, about 3 minutes. Pour in wine; cook, whisking, until thickened, about 1 minute. Add broth, orange juice, mustard, salt and pepper; cook, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in additional broth or water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into serving bowl. Serve with beef.
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Every bite of these easy-to-make cookies will melt in your mouth. Go the traditional route and decorate with glacé cherries or use a piping bag and star tip to pipe the dough into pretty rosettes.
Portion size28 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
1 1/3 cup
pecan halves (optional)
per cookie: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate8 g
In large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Beat in icing sugar until very fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions to form soft dough.
Drop by 1 tbsp, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Or roll into balls and use fork tines to flatten and make indentations on the top of each cookie. Or fill piping bag fitted with star tip and pipe dough into rosettes. Top with cherry or pecan half, if desired.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 12 minutes.
Let cool completely on pans.
(Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.) Change it up: Double-Chocolate Whipped Shortbread Reduce flour to 1 1/4 cups. Whisk 1/4 cup cocoa powder into dry ingredients. Before scooping, stir 1 cup dark chocolate chips into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Cherry Almond Whipped Shortbread Substitute vanilla with 1/4 tsp almond extract. Before scooping, stir 1/2 cup chopped glacé cherries into dough. Continue with recipe as directed.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Customize your cookies by decorating with nuts, melted chocolate, sprinkles or chocolate-covered sunflower seeds!