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.
The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 teaspoon
2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.
Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.
The rich caramel flavour of buttery baked pecans makes these blondies, the brownie's light-coloured cousin, purely irresistible. Be sure to stir the pecans while they're still warm so they don't harden into one big piece.
Butter Pecans: In bowl, stir together pecans, brown sugar and butter; spread on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 375?F (190?C) oven until browned and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Stir gently while still warm; set aside to cool. Break up any pieces that stick together.
Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Fold in pecans. Scrape into parchment paper– lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan, smoothing top. Bake in 325?F (160?C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs clinging, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.
Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Icing: In large bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in icing sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Spread over blondies; let stand at room temperature until set, about 30 minutes. Lift out onto cutting board; cut into squares. (Makeahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.)
Our best-in-class take on this classic treat has a buttery flavour, a chewy centre and a subtly crisp exterior. Oh, and you can tweak the recipe to make them crisp or soft, too.
Portion size60 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: September 2015
1 1/4 cup
chocolate chips or chunks
per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate17 g
In large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; stir into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. (Make-ahead: Shape into disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in freezer bag for up to 1 month. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Roll by 2 tbsp into balls. Arrange, 3 inches (8 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets; flatten slightly.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350?F (180?C) oven until tops are no longer shiny, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Change it up: The Ultimate Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Omit 1/2 cup of the flour. Arrange dough on baking sheets as directed; flatten to 1/2-inch (1 cm) thickness. Bake as directed.
Change it up: The Ultimate Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prepare dough and arrange on baking sheets as directed (do not flatten). Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Transfer directly to 350?F (180?C) oven and bake until tops are no longer shiny, about 12 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Baking sheets vary in thickness and finish, which affect the doneness of cookies. A heavy, shiny uncoated baking sheet will allow the cookies to bake most evenly.