When we entertain, I love a serving a caramel apple topped Brie. I adapted the recipe to use in a chicken dish. It is easy, flavourful, and company loves it. The saltiness of the bacon, the sweetness of the topping and the crunchiness of apples, pecans and cranberries all work well together. I serve it with a wild rice, pecan and mushroom side dish. Any green salad works well, especially one with a bit of tartness, Balsamic vinegar or Dijon mustard. Citrus is also nice.
Portion size8 servings
skinless chicken breasts
In a saute pan, add 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. canola oil. Heat over medium heat. Add the peameal bacon and cook until almost done. Remove the bacon to a plate. Wipe out the pan but don't wash it. Butterfly the chicken breasts being careful not to cut all the way through. Place on one half of each breast 1 slice of peameal bacon and 2 slices of Brie. Wrap the other side of the chicken breast over the bacon and cheese and secure it with toothpicks. Place the flour in a dish or a baking pan. Dust each chicken breast with flour. Shake off the excess. Season with salt and pepper. In the same pan used for the bacon, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. canola oil and 1 Tbsp. of butter. Brown the chicken well on each side. Lower the heat and cook the chicken until done, approximately 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer (inserted in the chicken, not the cheese or bacon) reads 170 degrees F. Remove the chicken to a platter, cover with foil, and keep warm. While the chicken is cooking, in a another pan, heat the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, a pinch of salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to boiling. Add the dried cranberries and pecans (if using). Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the apples, turning to coat. When apples are just warm, top each chicken breast with the caramel apple topping, dividing it equally.
Coconut lovers will rejoice in this twist on a classic. Toasting half of the coconut gives it a lovely golden colour and deepens the coconut flavour.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
unsweetened desiccated coconut
per cookie: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate6 g
In skillet, toast half of the coconut over medium-low heat, stirring often, until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to plate; let cool completely.
In large bowl, beat together egg whites, sugar and cornstarch until foamy. Stir in toasted coconut and remaining coconut. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
Shape by 1 tbsp into balls; arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 300?F (150?C) oven until bottoms are light golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on pans. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Puff pastry is made by a time-consuming process of folding and rolling out dough brushed with butter. These layers expand during baking, giving it a "puff" effect that's light and flaky—the perfect base for appetizers and desserts.
frozen phyllo puff pastry
Thaw frozen phyllo pastry. In small microwaveable bowl, microwave butter until melted. Place 1 sheet of the phyllo on work surface; keep remaining sheets covered with damp towel (to prevent drying out). Lightly brush phyllo with some of the butter. Top with second sheet of the phyllo; lightly brush with some of the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining phyllo and butter.
Halve layers lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 squares. Press 1 square into bottom and up side of each well of 6-count muffin pan, pointing overhang outward. Bake in 400°F oven until golden, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month; reheat in 350°F oven until crisp, about 3 minutes.)
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.)
The combination of crab, avocado and corn blends salty, creamy and sweet. Stuffed into crisp pastry cups, it gives you a dinner party–worthy starter in just 10 minutes. For the best results, use fresh crabmeat, which retains more flavour than frozen.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time10 minutes
tub (227 g)
crab claw meat
, drained and coarsely chopped