Amaretto-soaked ladyfingers, fluffy mascarpone cream, tangy lemon curd and sugared almonds—what's not to like about this layered dessert? Make it a day ahead, then top with the whipped cream and almonds just before serving.
Portion size20 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2015
1 1/2 cup
sliced natural (skin-on)
(about 4 inches/10 cm long)
tub (475 g)
2 1/2 cups
whipping cream 35%
per each of 20 servings: about
Total fat37 g
Saturated fat20 g
Total carbohydrate44 g
Toss almonds with egg white to coat; stir in 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar until well combined. Spread on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven, stirring once, until light golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
While almonds are baking, in large heatproof bowl, whisk together egg yolks, 1-1/2 cups of the granulated sugar, the lemon zest and lemon juice. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water; cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, 1 tbsp at a time. Strain through fine- mesh sieve into clean bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until curd is thick enough to mound firmly on spoon, about 1 hour. (Make- ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
While lemon curd is chilling, in saucepan, cook remaining granulated sugar with 1/4 cup water over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Stir in amaretto. Quickly dip both sides of ladyfingers in amaretto mixture; arrange in single layer in 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish.
In large bowl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. In separate bowl, beat 1-1/2 cups of the cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture. Spoon mixture over ladyfingers, spreading to edges. Spread lemon curd evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
In bowl, beat remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Spoon over lemon curd, leaving border of curd. Sprinkle with almonds.
We share our secret technique for making the crunchiest, juiciest, most delicious fried chicken ever.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: August 2015
1 1/2 teaspoon
each garlic powder and
each sweet paprika and
drumsticks, wings and/or breasts
each garlic powder and
1 1/2 teaspoon
vegetable oil for frying
per each of 16 pieces: about
Total fat15 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate18 g
Buttermilk Marinade: In glass baking dish, whisk together buttermilk, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, pepper, poultry seasoning and cayenne pepper.
Fried Chicken: Add chicken to marinade, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
In large bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper.
Add enough oil to large deep skillet or Dutch oven to come 3 inches (8 cm) up side. Heat until deep-fryer thermometer reads 300°F (150°C).
While oil is heating, remove chicken from marinade, letting excess drip back into dish; reserve remaining marinade. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
Dredge chicken in flour mixture, tapping off excess. Dip in reserved marinade, letting excess drip off. Dredge again in flour mixture, tapping off excess.
Working in batches, fry chicken, turning occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of several pieces reads 165°F (74°C), 10 to 15 minutes. Drain on rack set over paper towel–lined baking sheet; let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: The temperature of the frying oil will go up and down during the cooking process. Monitor it with your deep-fryer thermometer and adjust the heat as needed.
Historically a poor man's staple because it needs only the most basic of ingredients, this must-have for any Irish supper is also a great introduction to bread-making for novice bakers—there's no fussing with yeast! Out of the oven, the top is super crispy and the soft inside tastes yummy slathered with butter.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time50 minutes
Portion size12 servings
each baking soda and
Per serving: about
Total fat2 g
Total carbohydrate33 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, thyme, caraway seeds, sugar, baking soda and salt. Make well in centre; add buttermilk all at once.
Using hands, mix buttermilk into flour mixture to form soft sticky dough. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Lightly knead a few times to form smooth ball.
Place dough on parchment paper–lined or greased rimless baking sheet. Using sharp knife, cut large X in top of dough. Bake in 425°F oven until bottom is browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped, about 35 minutes. Serve warm.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can substitute 2 cups whole wheat flour for half of the all-purpose flour for a toothsome texture and a fibre boost.
Roasting the cauliflower adds extra depth of flavour to this simple yet delicious soup. Don't be afraid to let the cauliflower turn a very deep golden colour (without burning it, of course)— the darker it is, the richer the roasted taste will be.
(white and light green parts only), halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
organic vegetable broth
1 1/4 cup
extra-old Cheddar cheese
extra-old Cheddar cheese
per serving: about
Total fat20 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate27 g
Place cauliflower on rimmed baking sheet; drizzle with oil. Roast in 425 F (220 C) oven, turning occasionally, until very deep golden on all sides, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, in skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks and garlic, stirring, until leeks are softened, about 6 minutes.
In blender, in batches, pur?e cauliflower, leek mixture and broth until smooth; transfer to large saucepan. Stir in 1-1/2 cups water, pepper and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in Cheddar cheese and mustard. Simmer, stirring, until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
Cheddar Crostini: Mix Cheddar cheese with parsley. Spread mustard over baguette slices; top with cheese mixture. Bake on parchment paper–lined baking sheet in 425 F (220 C) oven until cheese is melted and bread is golden, about 8 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes before serving with soup.