From France, these “sugar shuttles” are shaped like old-fashioned sewing shuttles. This cookie has a sugary, brittle shell covering a cakelike centre.
Portion size22 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Holiday Cookbook: Fall 2010
Per cookie: about
Total fat3 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate8 g
In bowl, whisk together flour, 3 tbsp (45 mL) of the sugar and salt. With fork, cut in butter; stir in egg yolks and vanilla.
On lightly floured surface, knead dough until smooth and holds together. Press into disc; wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Roll by 2 tsp (10 mL) into 2-inch (5 cm) long logs. In small bowl, whisk egg whites. With fork, dip each log into egg whites, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Roll in small bowl of remaining sugar.
Bake on parchment paper–lined baking sheets in 325°F (160°C) oven until golden, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks.
Cut stem from broccoli head; cut head into florets. Trim bottom end of stem; peel outer layer. Thinly slice stem. Set aside.
Finely grate lemon zest to make 1 tsp; juice lemon to make 2 tsp. Set aside.
In saucepan of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions, adding broccoli during last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid, drain.
In nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat; cook garlic, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mascarpone; cook, stirring occasionally, until melted. Stir in pasta mixture, lemon zest and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper, tossing and adding enough of reserved cooking liquid to coat. Stir in lemon juice.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Stir any leftover mascarpone with a little honey and serve with fresh fruit for a speedy dessert.
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.
, toasted and coarsely chopped
liquid wildflower honey
Per tart: about
Total fat18 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
On work surface, gently unroll pastry. Halve pastry lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 rectangles. Arrange, 2 inches apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet.
Using sharp knife, score along border of each rectangle, 1/2 inch from edges. Whisk 1 of the egg yolks with 1 tsp water; lightly brush over edges of pastry.
In bowl, stir together mascarpone, sugar and remaining egg yolk; spoon generous 1 tbsp into centre of each rectangle, spreading to scored edges. Arrange figs over top. Bake in 400°F oven until edges are golden, about 16 minutes. Sprinkle with pistachios. Bring to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
A braided crust and leaf-shaped cutouts give this seasonal favourite an extra-special presentation. And the flavour? Unparalleled. Our secret ingredient is tapioca starch, which thickens the strawberry juices for a glossy, clump-free filling.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: July 2016
Easy-Roll Pie Pastry:
2 1/2 cups
cold lard or vegetable shortening
fresh rhubarb (1/2-inch lengths)
quartered hulled fresh
each grated lemon zest and
per serving: about
Total fat22 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate58 g
Easy-Roll Pie Pastry: In bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. Whisk together ice water, sour cream and egg; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing with fork and adding up to 2 tsp more ice water if necessary to form ragged dough. Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month; bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
On lightly floured work surface, roll out 1 of the pastry discs into 14-inch square (scant 1/8-inch thickness). Using pizza cutter or knife, cut some of the rolled-out dough into nine 10- x 1/2-inch wide strips. Place on waxed or parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chilled but not completely firm, about 8 minutes.
While strips are chilling, using 2-inch leaf-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes from remaining rolled-out dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Using knife, score surface of leaves to create veining. Set aside. Working with 3 pastry strips at a time, weave together to create 3 braids. Return to baking sheet. Refrigerate for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, roll out remaining pastry disc to 1/8-inch thickness; fit into 9-inch pie shell, trimming excess.
Filling: In large bowl, toss together rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, tapioca starch, lemon zest and vanilla. Scrape into pie shell; dot with butter.
Egg Wash: Whisk egg yolk with 2 tsp water.
To finish: Brush some of the egg wash over edge of pie shell; arrange braids over top, trimming to fit. Brush braids with some of the remaining egg wash; arrange leaf cutout(s) over seams where2 braids meet. Arrange remaining cutouts over filling, overlapping slightly; brush with remaining egg wash.
Bake on rimmed baking sheet on bottom rack of 425°F oven until top is light golden, about 18 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F; bake, covering edge with foil if browning too quickly, until filling is bubbling and bottom is golden, about 50 minutes. Let cool in pan.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Arranging a leaf cutout over each seam where two braids meet gives the appearance of a seamless rim.