Note: To prepare vanilla sugar, place 4c sugar in a quart jar, cutting a vanilla bean in half, adding to the sugar, secure lid on the jar and store in a cool dry place for several weeks before making the biscotti. This recipe for vanilla sugar will keep indefinitely if stored properly in a clean jar with a secure lid. Prepare cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375F. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds, add vanilla sugar, baking powder, cardamom, beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally, Beat in eggs and as much flour as you can with the mixer, stir in remaining flour, cranberries or cherries and nuts with a wooden spoon until completely combined. Divide dough in half, if necessary cover and chill dough until easy to handle. Shape each roll into a 9" log, Placing on prepared cookie sheet 4" apart , flatten roll until 2" wide. Place in preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on the cookie sheet on a wire rack for 1 hour. Reduce oven to 325F. Cut roll diagonally into 1/2" slices, using a serrated knife on a cutting board. Place each slice, cut side down on the cookie sheet baking in oven for 8 minutes, turn slices over, baking for 8 - 10 minutes more or until dry and crisp. Transfer biscotti slices to wire rack to cool and optional: in a small bowl cook chocolate and shortening at half power, stirring twice until chocolate melted, then drizzle white chocolate on the biscotti and let stand until chocolate sets. Makes 32 Biscotti
Everyone has a favourite go-to macaroni casserole, but this Salmon Cheddaroni from our archives might just become your new weeknight comfort meal. An easy bread-crumb topping creates a crispy crust, making every bite as tasty as the last. Serve with steamed vegetables. Cost: $2.30/serving
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2015
1 1/4 cup
1 3/4 cup
1 1/2 cup
(each 213 g)
red sockeye salmon
drained and flaked
1 1/2 cup
fresh bread crumbs
PER SERVING: about
Total fat33 g
Saturated fat18 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
In large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package
Meanwhile, in separate large saucepan, melt half of the butter over medium heat; cook onion and garlic, stirring, until onion is tender, about 4 minutes.
Sprinkle in flour; cook, stirring, until light golden, about 3 minutes.
Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Add Worcestershire sauce and cook, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 4 minutes.
Stir in Cheddar until melted. Stir in sour cream, salmon and pasta. Scrape into lightly greased 8-cup (2 L) casserole dish or baking dish.
Melt remaining butter; mix with bread crumbs and sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until topping is golden and casserole is bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
"One surefire way to appeal to a crowd is to serve a classic dessert with a fresh twist. These stunning tarts combine the flavours of two standby recipes: cherry pie and tiramisu. The mascarpone topping imparts a rich creaminess that makes the tarts extra indulgent." — Irene Fong, senior Food specialist
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
frozen pitted sour
crème de cassis
sheet (450 g pkg)
whipping cream 35%
dark chocolate (about 1/2 oz)
per serving: about
Total fat16 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate29 g
In saucepan, cook sour cherries, granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and 3 tbsp water over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cherries are tender yet retain their shape, about 8 minutes. Stir in dried cherries and crème de cassis (if using).
Whisk cornstarch with 3 tbsp water until smooth; whisk into cherry mixture. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let cool completely, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days; stir in 1 tbsp hot water and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Meanwhile, on large sheet of parchment paper, unroll 1 sheet of the pastry; fold pastry in half. Roll out into 15- x 6-inch (38 x 15 cm) rectangle. Lifting parchment paper by edges, transfer pastry to large rimless baking sheet. Make diagonal 3/4-inch (2 cm) cut at each corner. Repeat with remaining pastry.
Whisk egg yolk with 1 tsp water; lightly brush some of the egg yolk mixture along edges of pastry. Fold edges over, pressing to adhere. Brush remaining egg yolk mixture all over pastry. Prick centres all over with fork.
Bake, 1 sheet at time, in 400°F (200°C) oven until puffed and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly on pan; using spatula, gently press centres of pastry to flatten. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in bowl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. In separate bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture.
Spread mascarpone mixture onto centres of pastry; top with cherry mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate.
Studded with chocolate chips and crystallized ginger, this moist marbled loaf makes the best fall-flavoured afternoon treat. For the prettiest slices, generously swirl the batters together.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time1 hour & 45 minutes
Portion size12 servings
1 1/4 teaspoon
each baking soda and
each salt, ground cloves and
dark chocolate chips
Fresh Pumpkin Purée
(Instructions under method)
(about 4 oz), melted and slightly cooled
Per serving: about
Total fat19 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate52 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ground ginger, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Stir in chocolate chips and crystallized ginger.
In separate large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in pumpkin purée and vanilla (mixture may appear separated). Stir in flour mixture until combined. Remove half of the batter to separate bowl; fold melted chocolate into 1 bowl of the batter until combined.
Alternately drop spoonfuls of light and dark batters into parchment paper–lined 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan. Using butter knife, gently swirl batters to create marble effect. Using small offset palette knife, smooth top. Bake in 350° oven until loaf springs back when lightly touched, about 70 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Lift out onto rack; peel off parchment paper. Let cool completely.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: To make sure your loaf pan holds 1.5 litres, measure it by filling it with water. Not all brands are standardized, and volume will affect the baking time.
This classic warm-you-up stew becomes even more comforting when made with well-marbled pot roast rather than the usual stewing beef. The fat melts slowly as it cooks, tenderizing the beef into juicy melt-in-your-mouth morsels. A slow finish in the oven gives the stew its rich, hearty texture.
Prep time50 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2015
boneless beef blade roast
cut in 1-inch (2.5 cm cubes)
dry red wine
mini white potatoes
scrubbed and quartered
cut in 1 1/2-inch thick (4 cm) chunks (halve bigger pieces)
sodium-reduced beef broth
drained and rinsed
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat27 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper; toss with beef to coat.
In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium heat; working in small batches, cook beef, stirring, until browned, about 20 minutes total. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside.
Add remaining butter to Dutch oven; cook celery and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits, for 2 minutes.
Return beef and any juices to Dutch oven. Add potatoes, carrots, thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil, stirring occasionally to loosen any remaining browned bits from bottom.
Cover and braise in 350 F (180 C) oven for 45 minutes. Stir in cocktail onions; cover and braise for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook until vegetables are tender and beef offers no resistance when pierced with tip of knife, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in peas; cook for 5 minutes.
Skim any fat from surface of stew; remove thyme, parsley and bay leaves. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Change it up - The Ultimate Beef and Mushroom Stew: In large Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat; cook 1 pkg (227 g) button or cremini mushrooms, trimmed, stirring occasionally, until tender, golden and no liquid remains, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl; set aside. Continue with recipe as directed, returning mushrooms to Dutch oven along with beef.