Short and sweet, this almond accompaniment can be whipped up in a pinch.
Portion size500 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2009
fine sea salt
Per 1 tbsp (15 mL) : about
Total fat6 g
Total carbohydrate2 g
In large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add almonds; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring, until browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with salt, paprika and cumin; toss well. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.)
Cherry Almond Cakes: In food processor, pulse glacé cherries with dried cherries until coarsely chopped. Scrape into large bowl; stir in 1/2 cup of the amaretto. Cover and let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 24 hours. Stir in 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour just until combined. Set aside.
Line six 5- x 2-inch (12 x 5 cm) mini loaf pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
In large bowl, whisk together remaining all-purpose flour, the almond flour, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in flour mixture just until combined; stir in cherry mixture and almonds. Scrape into prepared pans, smoothing tops.
Set shallow pan on bottom rack of 250°F (120°C) oven; add enough hot water to come halfway up sides. Place cakes on centre rack; bake, covering with foil if beginning to crack, until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, about 75 minutes. Let cool completely in pans.
Invert cakes from pans; peel off parchment paper. Soak twelve 12-inch (30 cm) squares cheesecloth in remaining amaretto. Wrap 1 cake in 2 squares cheesecloth. Repeat with remaining cakes and cheesecloth. Overwrap in plastic wrap and foil. Refrigerate for 1 month. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 months, remoistening cheesecloth with amaretto and rewrapping cakes if cloth dries out completely.)
Icing: In bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Beat in icing sugar, cream and vanilla (icing will be stiff).
Assembly: Unwrap cakes and brush tops with corn syrup. On icing sugar–dusted
work surface, roll out almond paste into 11- x 8-inch (28 x 20 cm) rectangle. Cut lengthwise into thirds; cut crosswise to make 6 rectangles. Place 1 rectangle on top of each cake, pressing to adhere. Spread icing over cakes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate in airtight container until firm, about 24 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For easy cake wrapping, soak the cheesecloth and cut the plastic wrap and foil beforehand.
This treat tastes like a cross between traditional peanut brittle and sesame crisps. Salted nuts add a nice contrast to the sweet, sticky corn syrup. For the best results, be sure to use an accurate digital candy thermometer.
In large saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3/4 cup water to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 235°F or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms soft pliable ball, about 10 minutes.
Stir in butter and salt; boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately stir in nuts, sesame seeds, vanilla and baking soda.
Immediately pour onto parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Using greased offset palette knife, spread in even layer to desired thickness. Let cool completely in pan. Break into shards. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container in cool dark place for up to 1 week.)
We've achieved a 30-minute version of family-favourite lasagna by breaking the noodles into bite-size pieces, stirring the ingredients together and broiling them in serving-size ramekins. You get all the cheesy, hearty flavours of lasagna, without the time-consuming process of layering.
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2015
broken in bite-size pieces
finely grated or pressed
Italian herb seasoning
bottle (680 ml)
strained tomatoes (passata)
extra-smooth ricotta cheese
per serving: about
Total fat22 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate57 g
In large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook beef, onion, two-thirds of the garlic, the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally and breaking up beef with spoon, until beef is no longer pink and onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
Add zucchini; cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add strained tomatoes and honey; cook, stirring, until hot and combined, about 1 minute. Stir in noodles. Spoon into four 1 1/2-cup (375 mL) ramekins.
In bowl, stir together ricotta, Parmesan, basil, egg yolk and remaining garlic until smooth. Spoon over noodle mixture, spreading to edges of ramekins. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
Broil on rimmed baking sheet on centre rack until tops are browned and bubbly,
3 to 4 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Broiling the lasagnas on the centre rack allows the ricotta mixture to become hot and bubbly before the tops brown.
This tofu is so delicious and simple, you'll look for any excuse to make it. Serve as an appetizer or as a meatless main, either with a side of rice or stuffed inside a steamed Asian bun.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time35 minutes
pkg (each 350 g)
, drained and cut in 1-inch chunks
Molasses Teriyaki Sauce
(see recipe, right)
, thinly sliced
red finger chili pepper
, thinly sliced
Per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate17 g
Pat tofu dry with paper towel. In bowl, toss together tofu, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cornstarch; toss until well coated. Drizzle with oil; toss to coat. Arrange in single layer on greased rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven, turning occasionally, until golden all over, about 25 minutes.
Arrange tofu on serving dish; drizzle with Molasses Teriyaki Sauce. Sprinkle with green onion, chili pepper and sesame seeds.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Molasses Teriyaki Sauce
In small saucepan, stir together 1/2 cup sodium-reduced soy sauce, 1/4 cup fancy molasses, 2 tbsp packed brown sugar, 1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger and 3/4 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Discard ginger. Whisk 2 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water; whisk into soy sauce mixture and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week.) Makes about 1 cup.