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.
Enjoy these buns straight out of the oven for the ultimate comfort-food treat. Remove them from the baking dish while they're still hot, otherwise the sugar will cool and harden, making them difficult to release.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2015
1 1/4 cup
pkg (8 g)
active dry yeast
1 1/2 cup
per bun: about
Total fat16 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate46 g
Bring 1/2 cup of the butter to room temperature to soften; set aside.
In large bowl, dissolve 1 tsp of the granulated sugar in warm water. Sprinkle in yeast; let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes.
While yeast is dissolving, in small heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around edge. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 cup of the remaining butter, the remaining granulated sugar and salt until butter is melted. Let cool until lukewarm; stir into yeast mixture. Stir in egg. Add 2 cups of the flour; stir until smooth and elastic, about 2 minutes. Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make soft dough.
Turn out onto lightly floured work surface; knead until smooth and springy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to greased bowl; turn dough to grease all over. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
While dough is rising, melt remaining butter; pour into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. Set aside.
On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 16- x 14-inch (40 x 35 cm) rectangle. Spread reserved softened butter over top of dough. Mix remaining brown sugar with cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over dough. Starting at 1 long side, tightly roll up; pinch seam to seal. Cut crosswise into 16 buns.
Arrange buns, cut sides up, in prepared baking dish. Cover dish with plastic wrap and let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.)
Bake in 375?F (190?C) oven until golden and buns sound hollow when gently tapped, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand in baking dish for 2 minutes; invert onto serving platter.
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.
Browning the chicken and cooking the biryani in the same pan keeps cleanup to a minimum and infuses the rice with flavour.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time45 minutes
Portion size4 servings
bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
onions, thinly sliced
sodium-reduced chicken broth
Per serving: about
Total fat21 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate42 g
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 tsp salt and pinch pepper. In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium-high heat; cook chicken, turning occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to plate.
Drain all but 4 tsp fat from pan; cook onions over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in broth, rice, thyme and 1/4 tsp salt, scraping up browned bits; bring to boil.
Arrange chicken, skin side up, over rice mixture. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.