Vietnamese coffee, a luscious blend of rich, intense espresso and sweet, creamy condensed milk, inspired this fudge.
Portion size36 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
sweetened condensed milk
per piece: about
Total fat5 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate13 g
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, heat together white chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, condensed milk and espresso, stirring, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.
Scrape into parchment paper–lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan, smoothing top. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Lift out onto cutting board; using hot knife, cut into squares.?
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For perfect squares of fudge, make sure it's completely set before slicing. Run a thin, sharp knife under hot water and dry between each cut for a smooth, polsihed finish.
The strong flavour of molasses stands up to lamb shanks, while braising mellows out the complex flavours. Serve with a side of couscous and an extra sprinkling of fresh thyme.
Prep time30 minutes
Total time2 hours
lamb shanks (about 1.7 kg total)
onions, thinly sliced
sprigs fresh thyme
Per each of 6 servings: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate19 g
Sprinkle lamb all over with 1/4 tsp of the salt and pinch of the pepper.
In large Dutch oven, heat 2 tsp of the oil over medium-high heat; cook lamb, turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate. Set aside.
In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; cook onions, garlic and remaining salt and pepper, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and thyme; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in vinegar, molasses, brown sugar and 1 1/3 cups water. Return lamb to pan; bring to boil. Cover and braise in 350°F oven until lamb is fork-tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer lamb to a plate; keep warm. Discard thyme.
Skim from surface of cooking liquid. Bring cooking liquid to simmer and cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Return lamb to pan; cook for 2 minutes.
Amaretto-soaked ladyfingers, fluffy mascarpone cream, tangy lemon curd and sugared almonds—what's not to like about this layered dessert? Make it a day ahead, then top with the whipped cream and almonds just before serving.
Portion size20 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2015
1 1/2 cup
sliced natural (skin-on)
(about 4 inches/10 cm long)
tub (475 g)
2 1/2 cups
whipping cream 35%
per each of 20 servings: about
Total fat37 g
Saturated fat20 g
Total carbohydrate44 g
Toss almonds with egg white to coat; stir in 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar until well combined. Spread on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 350?F (180?C) oven, stirring once, until light golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
While almonds are baking, in large heatproof bowl, whisk together egg yolks, 1-1/2 cups of the granulated sugar, the lemon zest and lemon juice. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water; cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, 1 tbsp at a time. Strain through fine- mesh sieve into clean bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until curd is thick enough to mound firmly on spoon, about 1 hour. (Make- ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
While lemon curd is chilling, in saucepan, cook remaining granulated sugar with 1/4 cup water over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Stir in amaretto. Quickly dip both sides of ladyfingers in amaretto mixture; arrange in single layer in 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish.
In large bowl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. In separate bowl, beat 1-1/2 cups of the cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture. Spoon mixture over ladyfingers, spreading to edges. Spread lemon curd evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
In bowl, beat remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Spoon over lemon curd, leaving border of curd. Sprinkle with almonds.
A super-quick tomato sauce made using bottled passata does double duty in this restaurant favourite, acting as a sauce for both the chicken and pasta. Cost: $4.10/serving
Portion size4 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2015
Italian herb seasoning
bottle (660 ml)
sweet red pepper
salt and pepper
boneless skinless chicken breasts
per serving: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate80 g
In saucepan, heat half of the oil over medium heat; cook garlic, stirring, for 1 minute. Add carrots, onion and Italian seasoning; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.
Stir in strained tomatoes, red pepper and half each of the salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, place 1 chicken breast on cutting board. Holding knife blade parallel to board and with opposite hand on top of chicken, slice horizontally all the way through breast to form 2 thin cutlets. Repeat with remaining chicken. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with remaining salt and pepper.
In large nonstick skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat; working in batches, cook chicken, turning once, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
Spoon 2 tbsp of the tomato sauce over each chicken cutlet, spreading evenly; sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until cheese is melted and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and toss with remaining tomato sauce to coat. Stir in basil. Serve with chicken.