This dessert can be served after dinner. Add some fresh fruit on top to dress it up a bit or you can serve it plain at brunch or just enjoy it with a cup of coffee or tea. It is very good any way you have it.
Portion size20 servings
Credits :Brenda Porter
8 oz packages
Real Lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of the sugar, vanilla, lemon juice until smooth and creamy. Spread over the cresent layer. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream chesse layer. Do not press down. Pour the melted margarine over the entire pan. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over the top. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until the top is crisp and golden. When cool, refrigerate until ready to serve. Note - This can be made the day ahead.
"Making a pie in a large jelly roll pan means you can easily serve a crowd.
Plus, a slab is so much simpler to transport and slice without making a mess. Talk about a win-win!" — Gilean Watts, Food specialist
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
1 3/4 teaspoon
cold lard or vegetable shortening
ice water (approx)
apples (such as Gala or Golden Delicious)
peeled, cored and chopped (about 8 cups)
per serving: about
Total fat16 g
Saturated fat8 g
Total carbohydrate43 g
In bowl, whisk flour with 1 1/2 tsp of the salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces.
In separate bowl, whisk together ice water, sour cream and eggs; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing with fork to form ragged dough and adding up to 1 tbsp more ice water if necessary.
Form two-thirds of the dough into disc; form remaining dough into separate disc. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)
Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir together brown sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon and remaining salt. Add apples, cranberries and ginger; toss to coat. Set aside.
On lightly floured work surface, roll out larger pastry disc to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness to fit 17- x 13-inch (45 x 33 cm) jelly roll pan with 1-inch (2.5 cm) high sides. Fold in half lengthwise; fold again. Transfer to 17- x 13-inch (45 x 33 cm) jelly roll pan; unfold dough, pinching together any tears. Arrange in pan; trim to fit, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) overhang and reserving scraps. Spoon apple mixture over crust, spreading to edges.
Roll out remaining pastry disc and scraps to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness; cut into 1½-inch (4 cm) wide strips. Weave strips, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, over filling to form lattice top, pinching together any tears or short strips. Trim ends, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) overhang. Lightly brush some of the egg yolk onto bottom pastry rim under each strip; press to seal. Fold both edges under and flute edge. Brush lattice with remaining egg yolk; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Bake on bottom rack of 425°F (220°C) oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F (180°C) and bake until filling is bubbling and crust is golden, about 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Don't own a jelly roll pan? Look for one alongside baking sheets in the kitchen section of major retailers and department stores.
Want your French toast express-style? Skip the frying pan for this decadent, sweet treat that's ready in less than 10 minutes. With the addition of a few pantry staples (see variations, below), you can make this basic version extra sweet or salty.
Prep time5 minutes
Total time7 minutes
Portion size1 serving
1 1/4 cup
cubed (1 inch)
Per serving: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate47 g
In bowl, whisk together egg, milk and vanilla. Add bread; mix well. Spoon mixture into microwaveable mug or bowl. Microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, until set, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve warm drizzled with maple syrup.
Change it up: Try these variations for an extra hit of sweetness or a salty spin.
Whisk 1 tbsp marmalade into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Whisk 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread and 1/4 tsp sea salt into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Cinnamon-Raisin Sticky Bun
Whisk 1/8 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp raisins into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
You may have seen chocolate-dipped bacon at your local food fair or bacon in chocolate-bar form at your local specialty store, but I promise you that this version surpasses anything else. Dipping the candied bacon only halfway allows guests to grab a piece without getting their hands covered in chocolate.
Portion size18 servings
(about 8 oz/225 g)
good-quality dark chocolate
(such as Lindt), melted
Cut each slice of bacon crosswise into 3 pieces; place on lightly greased rack on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with one-third of the sugar, pressing gently to adhere.
Bake in 400F (200C) oven until sugar starts to bubble, about 7 minutes. With tongs, turn bacon; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake until sugar is golden and bubbly and bacon is lightly crisp, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
Dip each bacon piece halfway into chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper–lined baking sheet; refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.
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.