Place pears in large bowl. Pour in 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water. Stir in sugar and butter until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Let cool. Stir in egg and vanilla.
Meanwhile, in large bowl; combine flour, baking soda, aniseed, baking powder and salt ; stir in walnuts. Using wooden spoon, stir in pear mixture just until combined.
Spread in greased and parchment paper-lined 8-x-4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan. Bake in centre of oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Unmould pan and invert onto rack to let cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and store for at least 1 day before serving.
Roasting the squash before layering it in the gratin enhances its flavour. This step also cuts down on Turkey Day prep—just sprinkle on the topping and pop it into the oven after the turkey comes out.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: October 2015
about 2kg, peeled, seeded and cut in 3/4-inch (2 cm) cubes
white and light green parts only
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat12 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In large bowl, toss together squash, oil and 1/4 tsp each of the salt and pepper; arrange in single layer on lightly greased foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast on bottom rack of 450?F (230?C) oven, tossing once, until tender and edges are light golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to greased 8-cup (2 L) baking dish.
While squash is roasting, in saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook leek, garlic and 1 tsp of the thyme, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, mustard, nutmeg and remaining salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the Cheddar.
Pour leek mixture over squash. (Makeahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to
24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before continuing with recipe.) Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar and thyme. Cover and bake in 425?F (220?C) oven for 30 minutes; uncover and bake until top is browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
These crisp, light and nutty cookies make an impressive addition to any sweets tray. Draping the still-warm cookies over a greased rolling pin creates their signature curve; for a more subtle curve, use a wider-barrelled rolling pin, and for a more exaggerated shape, use a narrow one.
Prep time1 hour & 15 minutes
Total time2 hours & 30 minutes
Per cookie: about
Total fat2 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate5 g
In small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice and salt; cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in flour and almonds. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
From batter, form six 1-tsp balls. Arrange, 3 inches apart, on silicone baking mat or parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet. (If mixture becomes too soft, refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.) Bake in 350°F oven until golden, flat and bubbly, about 8 minutes. Let cool on mat for 90 seconds.
Working quickly, use small spatula to lift cookies and drape over lightly greased rolling pin. Let cool just until firm, about 5 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter; if necessary, refrigerate dough between batches to firm up. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can also use this recipe to make cigar cookies. Instead of draping the cookies over a rolling pin, use the lightly greased handle of a wooden spoon.
This fresh meal packs all the flavour of Greek salad into a hearty pasta. Be sure to keep some of the cooking water before you drain the spaghetti—the starchy liquid helps create a luscious sauce when you stir it into the pasta at the end.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time20 minutes
hot pepper flakes
(21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
(about 475 g)
Per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate50 g
In large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, drain. Set aside.
In same pan, heat oil over medium heat; cook garlic, oregano and hot pepper flakes, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and red onion; cook, stirring, until shrimp are beginning to turn pink, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and olives; cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are pink and opaque throughout and tomatoes are beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.
Stir in pasta, parsley and reserved cooking liquid; cook for 1 minute. Top with feta.