Make your own delectable custardy tarts instead of buying them. We've subbed in the very Canadian ingredient maple syrup for the more common corn syrup. Plus, we've included variations on the classic, with chocolate and pecans instead of raisins.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: July 2013
(No. 1 medium grade)
Sour Cream Pastry:
1 1/4 cup
Per serving: about
Total fat15 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate35 g
Sour Cream Pastry: In bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender, cut in butter and lard until in fine crumbs with a few larger pieces. Whisk water with sour cream; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing briskly with fork and adding more water if necessary to form ragged dough. Press into disc; wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to generous 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter, cut out 12 circles, rerolling and cutting scraps. Fit into 12 muffin cups; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, eggs, vinegar and salt. Divide walnuts, currants and raisins among pastry shells. Spoon scant 1/4 cup filling into each shell.
Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven until filling is set and pastry is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Run thin knife around edges to release tarts. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)
We love serving roasted potatoes for any holiday meal, but if you're looking to switch up your sides this year, we can't recommend these cakes enough. Creamy polenta becomes a crispy bite-size side when cooled, cubed and browned in a skillet.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time1 hour & 30 minutes
salt and pepper
sodium-reduced chicken broth
chopped fresh parsley or
Per each of 12 servings: about
Total fat7 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook thyme, sage, garlic powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in broth and 1/3 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and gradually whisk in cornmeal; cook, stirring often, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and Gruyère until melted, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, mustard and lemon juice.
Scrape polenta into parchment paper– lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan, smoothing top. Let cool slightly, about 15 minutes. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 48 hours.) Cut into generous 1-inch squares.
In large skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; cook half of the polenta, gently turning occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to serving platter. Repeat with remaining oil and polenta. Sprinkle with parsley.
This indulgent pasta can be thrown together even on the busiest weeknight. Mushrooms cook faster when spread over a large surface, so choose your largest nonstick skillet. Top with an extra sprinkling of Parmesan, if desired.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: September 2014
pkg (227 g)
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat20 g
Saturated fat12 g
Total carbohydrate72 g
In large pot of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid, drain.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; sauté garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cremini and shiitake mushrooms and thyme; sauté until
just softened, about 3 minutes.
Stir in pasta, reserved cooking liquid, Parmesan cheese, cream, lemon zest, lemon juice and pepper; cook, stirring, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley.