"Hummingbird cake has the crushed pineapple, nuts and spices you'd find in carrot cake, but instead of shredded carrots, the batter is studded with diced bananas. A swirl of cream cheese icing is all you need on top, but if you really want to knock everyone's socks off, top your cupcakes with our Pineapple Flowers, attaching the banana chips and pecan halves with dabs of icing." — Annabelle Waugh, Food director
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
Cream Cheese Icing:
each baking powder and
1 1/2 cup
per cupcake: about
Total fat22 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate48 g
Cupcakes: In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla until smooth; pour over flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fold in bananas, pineapple and pecans.
Divide batter among 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Transfer to resealable freezer bag; freeze for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in vanilla. Beat in icing sugar, one-third at a time, until smooth. Pipe or spread icing onto cupcakes. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Garnish: Top each cupcake with 1 banana chip and 1 pecan half.
Pineapple Flowers: Using chef's knife, trim top and bottom from 1 large pineapple. Slice off skin, following contour of pineapple. Using vegetable peeler, remove any remaining eyes. Lay pineapple on its side; slice crosswise into scant 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick rounds. Arrange on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 225°F (110°C) oven, turning pineapples once and switching and rotating pans every 30 minutes, until leathery and lightly darkened around edges, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Press slices into muffin pan wells. Let stand for at least 12 hours.
A leafy green member of the beet family, Swiss chard is a more tender alternative to kale and a fantastic substitute for everyday lettuce; its sturdy leaves won’t wilt quickly when dressed with vinaigrette, making it a great candidate for any make-ahead salad.
A little turmeric gives this spiced pomegranate rice its pretty yellow hue that will brighten up any plate. Pomegranate adds freshness and helps turn this side dish into any meal's main event.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time30 minutes
, cut in matchsticks
1 3/4 cup
sodium-reduced chicken broth
salt and pepper
natural (skin-on) almonds
, toasted and chopped
Per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate38 g
In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook onion, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in cinnamon stick, turmeric and saffron; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add rice and carrots; cook, stirring, until rice is lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add broth, raisins, salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until rice is tender and no liquid remains, about 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
Discard cinnamon stick. Fluff rice with fork. Stir in pomegranate seeds, almonds and parsley.
This luscious dessert combines the decadent flavours of chocolate cream pie and peanut butter cups. The best part? It takes only 20 minutes to prepare! Substitute the peanut butter with other nut butters, such as cashew or almond butter, to change it up.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
1 1/4 cup
chocolate wafer crumbs
(about 4-1/4 oz), finely chopped
whipping cream (35%)
Half pkg (250 g pkg)
, room temperature
smooth peanut butter
per serving: about
Total fat30 g
Saturated fat14 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In bowl, mix wafer crumbs with butter. Press into bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm and dry, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely.
Meanwhile, place chocolate in heatproof bowl. In small saucepan, bring 2/3 cup of the cream to boil; pour over chocolate, whisking until melted. Let cool until lukewarm, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in bowl, beat cream cheese with peanut butter until smooth; beat in remaining cream and the icing sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Scrape into crust, smoothing top. Scrape chocolate mixture over top, spreading to edges. Sprinkle with peanuts, leaving 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) border. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Store peanuts in the fridge or freezer. Because of their high fat content, they will quickly turn rancid if left at room temperature.