"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.
"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.
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.
You may have seen chocolate-dipped bacon at your local food fair or bacon in chocolate-bar form at your local specialty store, but I promise you that this version surpasses anything else. Dipping the candied bacon only halfway allows guests to grab a piece without getting their hands covered in chocolate.
Portion size18 servings
(about 8 oz/225 g)
good-quality dark chocolate
(such as Lindt), melted
Cut each slice of bacon crosswise into 3 pieces; place on lightly greased rack on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with one-third of the sugar, pressing gently to adhere.
Bake in 400F (200C) oven until sugar starts to bubble, about 7 minutes. With tongs, turn bacon; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake until sugar is golden and bubbly and bacon is lightly crisp, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
Dip each bacon piece halfway into chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper–lined baking sheet; refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.