Meet the one and only carrot cake recipe you'll ever need. The batter comes together in a matter of minutes and makes a flavourful, moist cake with just the right ratio of crushed pineapple to grated carrot. Topped with smooth, sweet cream cheese icing, it's perfection on a plate.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: September 2014
(about 2 large)
(398 mL) crushed
Cream Cheese Icing:
per serving: about
Total fat31 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate82 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In separate bowl, beat together eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla until smooth; stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Stir in carrots, pineapple and pecans until combined. Scrape into 2 greased and floured 8-inch (1.2 L) round cake pans.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 35 to 38 minutes. Let cool in pans on rack. (Make- ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw 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 and combined.
Slice each cake in half horizontally to make 4 layers. Place 1 layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread about 3/4 cup of the icing over cut side; top with 1 of the remaining layers, cut side down. Spread about 3/4 cup of the icing over top of second layer. Repeat with remaining cake layers and icing, omitting icing from top of stack.
Using large offset palette knife, spread thin layer of the remaining icing all over cake to seal in crumbs; refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Using palette knife, spread remaining icing all over cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. (Makeahead: Cover loosely and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Change it Up - The Ultimate Carrot Slab Cake: Prepare batter as directed; scrape into greased and floured 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan. Bake until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Top with a half-batch of the Cream Cheese Icing.
These flourless pancakes taste a bit like the centre of a piece of French toast. Fry up a batch (or two!) on the weekend and keep the wrapped pancakes in your fridge or freezer for an easy microwaveable breakfast you'll actually want to eat.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time15 minutes
chopped shelled pistachios
Per pancake: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
In bowl, mash 1 of the bananas until smooth. Stir in 2 tsp of the honey, the baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt. Stir in eggs until well combined.
Measure out 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Heat nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat; lightly brush with some of the oil. Working in batches, drop batter by 2 tbsp into skillet; sprinkle 1/2 tsp of the pistachios over each pancake. Cook until bottoms are golden, about 2 minutes. Turn pancakes; cook until bottoms are golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining oil, batter and all but 2 tsp of the pistachios. (Make-ahead: Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 3 weeks; reheat in microwave or toaster.)
Slice remaining banana; arrange over pancakes. Sprinkle with remaining pistachios; drizzle with remaining honey.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Flourless pancakes can be tricky to flip, but here's a trick: Use a thin spatula and lightly mist it with cooking spray before turning the pancakes.
A drizzling of salty feta, tangy Greek yogurt and bright citrus gives loads of flavour to these sweet potato wedges. The almonds lend a satisfying crunch to the tender potatoes and creamy sauce, but feel free to omit them, if you prefer.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time40 minutes
Portion size4 servings
, peeled and cut in 3/4-inch thick wedges
, lightly mashed
2% plain Greek yogurt
natural (skin-on) almonds
, toasted and chopped
Per serving: about
Total fat11 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate37 g
In large bowl, toss together sweet potatoes, olive oil, garlic and 1/4 tsp of the salt. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 425°F oven, turning once, until tender and edges are golden, about 35 minutes. Transfer to serving dish.
While sweet potatoes are roasting, in microwaveable bowl, microwave feta on high until warmed, about 10 seconds. Stir in yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper and remaining salt.
Spoon yogurt mixture over sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with almonds and oregano.
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.