"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.
Candied nuts add crunch and even more sweetness to this side of roasted veggies. Make an extra batch to serve for snacking before dinner—your guests will love them! Trim the brussels sprouts to a uniform size, halving any larger pieces so that they cook evenly.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time35 minutes
brussels sprouts, trimmed
, peeled and cut lengthwise in 1/2-inch thick wedges
(about 450 g), peeled, halved crosswise and cut in 1/2-inch thick wedges
bunch (about 400 g)
, halved diagonally
bag (250 g)
Maple Candied Nuts:
mixed pecan halves and
, coarsely chopped
Per each of 12 servings: about
Total fat12 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate18 g
Vegetables: In large bowl, toss together brussels spouts, parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, shallots, oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on 2 lightly greased rimmed baking sheets. Roast in top and bottom thirds of 425°F oven, turning vegetables and switching and rotating pans halfway through, 25 to 30 minutes. Scrape into serving platter.
Maple Candied Nuts: Meanwhile, in small skillet, heat maple syrup and butter over medium heat, stirring, until melted; bring to boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in nuts and thyme; cook, stirring, until sticky and liquid is mostly evaporated, about 3 minutes.
Spread in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Let stand until firm, about 10 minutes. Break into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.) Sprinkle over vegetables.
Bright, citrusy lemongrass, heady star anise and fresh ginger add flair to store-bought beef broth in this Asian-inspired twist on chicken noodle soup. Different brands of udon noodles vary greatly in sodium content. Look for noodles that have about 400 milligrams of sodium per 200-gram package.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
sodium-reduced beef broth
trimmed, halved crosswise and bruised with back of knife
boneless beef blade pot roast
pkg (each 200 g)
fresh cilantro leaves
per serving: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate24 g
In slow cooker, combine broth, ginger, lemongrass, star anise, salt and 4 cups water. Add beef, pushing to submerge; cover and cook on low until beef is tender, about 8 hours.
Using slotted spoon, remove beef to cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred beef, discarding any fat.
Discard ginger, lemongrass and star anise. Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid. Stir noodles and carrots into slow cooker; cover and cook on high until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in beef, fish sauce, lime juice and half of the cilantro. Ladle soup into serving bowls; sprinkle with remaining cilantro.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can remove the lemongrass, ginger and star anise from the broth either with a slotted spoon or by straining the broth through a cheesecloth-lined fine-mesh sieve—just be sure to dampen the cheesecloth before laying it over the sieve. Then, return the strained broth to the slow cooker and continue with the recipe as directed.
Transform leftover pumpkin purée into a speedy five-ingredient dessert that's sure to become your full-fledged fall obsession.
Portion size2 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: October 2015
whipping cream 35%
pumpkin pie spice
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat30 g
Saturated fat18 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
Pumpkin Cheesecake: In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth; beat in sugar for about 2 minutes. Beat in pumpkin, cream and pumpkin pie spice. Scrape into two 6-oz (175 mL) ramekins or glasses, smoothing tops. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Whipped Cream: In bowl, beat cream with sugar until soft peaks form. Spoon over cheesecakes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Tip From the Test Kitchen: Don't have pumpkin pie spice on hand? Whisk together 3/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 tsp each nutmeg and ground cloves, and use 1/4 tsp from that mixture.