Pastry: In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar and cornstarch. With fingers, work in butter until mixture clumps together. With floured hands, press dough evenly into 9-inch (23 cm) round tart pan with removable bottom. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chilled. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)
With fork, prick bottom of pastry shell all over; bake in bottom third of 350°F (180°C) oven for about 25 minutes or until light golden. Let cool completely on rack.
Filling: Meanwhile, in bowl, beat together almonds, sugar and butter; beat in egg and almond extract. Stir in flour. Spread into cooled tart shell. Cut plums into thin wedges; nestle, cut side down, in concentric circles until filled.
Bake in bottom third of 375°F (190°C) oven for about 30 minutes or until firm to the touch and tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes.
Remove side of pan. Brush apricot jam over filling and crust. Serve at room temperature. (Make-ahead: Tart can be set aside for up 3 hours.)
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.
This recipe calls for medium heat, but depending on your stove, you may need to adjust the temperature to achieve the perfect golden-brown colour. Start by preheating your skillet and testing the temperature on a single pancake.
Portion size14 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2016
1 1/2 cup
each baking powder and
1 3/4 cup
per pancake: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate11 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla; whisk into flour mixture until combined yet slightly lumpy.
Lightly brush large nonstick skillet or griddle with some of the oil; heat over medium heat. Working in batches and brushing pan with remaining oil as necessary, drop batter by 1/4 cup, spreading slightly; cook until bubbles form on tops, about 3 minutes. Turn pancakes; cook until bottoms are golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet; cover with foil and keep warm in 250°F (120°C) oven until ready to serve.
Whole wheat Buttermilk Pancakes Substitute 3/4 cup of the all-purpose flour with all-purpose whole wheat flour.
Banana Buttermilk Pancakes Top each pancake with about 1 tbsp chopped banana (about 1 banana total) before turning.
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes Top each pancake with about 1 tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries (about 3/4 cup total) before turning.
This savoury pancake makes a great starter for a small group or a hearty meal that serves one or two people. Look for okonomi sauce and bonito flakes at Asian supermarkets. If you can't find the more richly flavoured Japanese-style mayonnaise, substitute with regular mayo.
Prep time30 minutes
Total time30 minutes
Portion size6 servings
packed finely shredded
(31 to 35 to count), peeled, deveined and cut crosswise in 1/2-inch pieces
, thinly sliced
sodium-reduced chicken broth
, cut in crosswise thirds
or tonkatsu sauce
(such as Kewpie)
Per serving: about
Total fat13 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate18 g
Okonomiyaki: In bowl, toss together cabbage, shrimp, green onions and ginger.
In large bowl, whisk together flour, salt and pepper. In separate bowl, whisk together broth, egg and bonito flakes; whisk into flour mixture until combined. Stir in cabbage mixture.
In 10-inch nonstick or cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Pour in batter, spreading to edges; arrange bacon over top. Cook until bottom is light golden, 5 to 6 minutes. To turn, using spatula, gently slide pancake onto plate, bacon side up; quickly invert pancake into pan. Cook until bacon is crisp, about 6 minutes. Using 2 large spatulas, transfer pancake to plate, bacon side up.
Topping: Drizzle pancake with okonomi sauce and mayonnaise; sprinkle with bonito flakes and green onions.
Skip the takeout line and whip up this Asian-inspired stir-fry at home, instead. It's the perfect dish for using up odds and ends that are kicking around in the fridge, so feel free to switch up the veggies or substitute the shrimp for sliced chicken breast on days when you're too busy to grocery shop.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time25 minutes
smooth peanut butter
sodium-reduced soy sauce
unseasoned rice vinegar
Asian chili sauce (such as sriracha)
sodium-reduced chicken broth
rice stick noodles
(1/4 inch wide)
(21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
sugar snap peas
salted roasted peanuts
Per each of 3 servings: about
Total fat17 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate90 g
In bowl, whisk together peanut butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, vinegar and chili sauce until smooth; gradually whisk in broth until combined. Set aside.
Place noodles in large heatproof bowl; pour in enough boiling water to cover noodles. Let stand until noodles are pliable, about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain again.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook garlic and ginger, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp; stir-fry until shrimp are pink and opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in broth mixture and noodles until coated. Remove from heat. Add snap peas; toss to combine. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve with lime wedges.