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.
Juicy fall apples are the crowning glory of this classic French upside-down tart. Real vanilla bean accentuates the apples' natural sweetness and adds a warm, inviting aroma.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: October 2014
Pink Lady apples
Granny Smith apples
Per serving: about
Total fat24 g
Saturated fat15 g
Total carbohydrate50 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk egg yolk with ice water; drizzle over flour mixture. Toss with fork until mixture clumps; if necessary, add up to 2 tsp more ice water. With floured hands, quickly press into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick disc. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Apple Topping: Meanwhile, peel, quarter and core apples; halve each quarter lengthwise. Set aside. In 10-inch (25 cm) cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
Stir in sugar and vanilla bean; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Spread wet sugar mixture evenly over bottom of pan; arrange apples over top, overlapping and wedging tightly to fill pan. Cook, gently stirring and turning apples and basting with liquid by tipping and rotating pan, until apples are tender and syrup is thick and golden caramel in colour, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; sprinkle with salt. Refrigerate pan on rack for 20 minutes. Discard vanilla bean pod; carefully rearrange apples in pan into overlapping concentric circles.
On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 11-inch (28 cm) circle. Drape loosely over rolling pin; unroll over apple mixture, tucking edge in between pan and apples. Cut 4 steam vents in centre of dough.
Bake in 425F (220C) oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375F (190C); bake until crust is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes.
Invert heatproof platter over tarte. Wearing oven mitts, turn pan upside down onto platter; carefully lift away pan. With spatula, remove any apples stuck to pan and arrange over tarte. Spoon any pan syrup over top; let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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.
Cheesy, creamy broccoli soup is a family-friendly dish that's a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. The crispy Cheddar croutons add a satisfying crunch. For a lighter finish, replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
leeks (white and light green parts only)
yellow-fleshed potatoes (about 450 g total)
peeled and (cut in 1/2-inch (1 cm) cubes
Broccoli Soup: Cut stem from broccoli head; cut head into florets to yield 5 cups. Trim bottom end from stem; peel outer layer. Slice stem to yield 3/4 cup. Set aside.
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook leeks, potatoes and broccoli stem, stirring occasionally, until leeks are softened, about 12 minutes. Add garlic, savory and mustard; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in broth and 2 cups water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli florets; simmer until broccoli stems and potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in Cheddar until melted; stir in parsley.
Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Pour into clean Dutch oven or large saucepan; heat over medium-low. Whisk in sour cream, salt and pepper; cook until heated through. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
Cheddar Croutons: While soup is simmering, in bowl, toss baguette with oil to coat. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; sprinkle with Cheddar. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once, until baguette is golden and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Break apart croutons; serve over soup.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: When blending a hot soup, work in small batches and remove the vent from your blender lid, covering the hole with a folded tea towel to relieve any pressure caused by escaping steam.