The three components in this recipe are each superb on their own; when combined, they make a crazy-delicious dessert. Layer them in rocks glasses or glasses with a similar diameter to the cupcakes.
Portion size6 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
whipping cream (35%)
chocolate-covered toffee bar
(such as Skor), chopped
Vanilla Whipped Cream:
whipping cream (35%)
per serving: about
Total fat37 g
Saturated fat18 g
Total carbohydrate47 g
Chocolate Cupcakes: In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; whisk in oil, vanilla and 1/2 cup water. Stir in vinegar. Divide among 6 paper-lined muffin cups.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
Caramel Sauce: While cupcakes are baking, in saucepan, cook butter, sugar and lemon juice over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Continue to cook, without stirring, until light amber in colour, 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat; standing back and averting face, stir in cream. Pour into heatproof bowl; let cool until lukewarm, about 45 minutes.
Vanilla Whipped Cream: While caramel is cooling, using paring knife, halve vanilla bean lengthwise. Scrape seeds into bowl; pour in cream. Beat in icing sugar until stiff peaks form.
Assembly: Using serrated knife, cut cupcakes horizontally into thirds. Place 1 bottom third, cut side up, into each of 6 serving glasses; drizzle each with heaping 1 tsp of the caramel. Spoon heaping 1 tbsp of the whipped cream over top. Repeat layers twice. (Make-ahead: Cover parfaits and remaining caramel with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Drizzle with remaining caramel.
Garnish: Sprinkle parfaits with toffee bar pieces.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can make these parfaits in canning jars instead of glasses. Simply screw on the lids, then bring them to your next dinner party!
A French term that means "paving stone," pavé describes the brick shape of this elegant dessert. Whisky often has notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate, making it a lovely complement to desserts featuring those same flavours.
Chocolate Whiskey Pavé: Line 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving 4-inch (10 cm) overhang. Set aside.
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt butter with chocolate, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in whisky. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-quarter into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top; fold overhang over top. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Unwrap and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes; using hot knife, slice pavé crosswise.
Sponge Toffee: While pavé is chilling, in 6-cup (1.5 L) saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3 tbsp water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F (149°C) or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 12 minutes.
Remove from heat; standing back and averting face, pour in vanilla. Add baking soda, whisking just until combined, about 2 or 3 times. (Mixture will bubble, sputter and increase in volume.)
Pour into parchment paper–lined 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan (do not scrape bottom of saucepan). Let cool in pan, undisturbed, for about 2 hours. Using serrated knife, cut toffee into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.) Serve with pavé.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For puffed, airy sponge toffee, resist the urge to scrape the bottom of the saucepan when pouring the syrup into the loaf pan. Otherwise, the denser syrup that collects at the bottom will deflate the lighter syrup as it settles in the loaf pan.
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.
"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.