1. Grease or line muffin cups with paper liners; set aside.
2. In large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, coriander, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk and butter; pour over dry ingredients. Sprinkle with red pepper; stir just until moistened. Spoon into prepared cups.
3. Bake in centre of 400°F (200°C) oven until tops are firm to the touch, about 25 minutes. Let stand in pan for 2 minutes. Serve warm or transfer to rack to let cool. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours or wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)
No ugly sweater party is complete without these themed cookies! The gaudier the better, so let the kids' imaginations run wild with endless candy and colour combinations. Reserve some of the icing to use for decorating, and pipe stripes and patterns onto the sweaters, if desired.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015
4 2/3 cups
decorating sugar (optional)
per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate66 g
In large bowl, beat butter with granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, fancy molasses and cooking molasses until combined. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions just until combined. If necessary, knead gently to form smooth dough. Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 48 hours.)
Let dough stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll out, about 15 minutes. Between waxed paper or on lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 5-inch (12 cm) gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps as necessary. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 325°F (160°C) oven until firm, about 12 minutes. Let cool on pans for 1 minute; transfer directly to racks to cool completely.
While cookies are cooling, in large bowl, beat meringue powder with 1/2 cup water until foamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in icing sugar until stiff and glossy, about 9 minutes. Divide icing among 2 to 4 small bowls (you'll need 1 bowl for each colour of icing).
Using food colouring, tint each bowl of icing to desired shade. Working with 1 colour at a time, spoon icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe outlines onto cookies to create sweater shapes. Let stand until dry, about 30 minutes.
Gradually add water, 1/4 tsp at a time, to remaining icings until mixtures are consistency of molasses. Working with 1 cookie at a time, spoon icings onto centres of outlines; using toothpick or skewer, spread to piped edges, popping any air bubbles. Decorate with candies and decorating sugar (if using). Let stand until dry, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Find assorted holiday-themed candies to adorn your sweater creations at your local bulk food store.
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.
Family-favourite roast beef is a Sunday-dinner staple. Add this recipe to your repertoire, and you’ll find yourself coming back to it time and time again.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time1 hour & 45 minutes
Portion size8 servings
beef sirloin tip oven roast
(about 1 kg)
, finely grated or pressed
dry red wine
sodium-reduced beef broth
Per serving: about
Total fat11 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate2 g
Rub beef all over with oil, garlic, thyme, salt and half of the pepper. Place on greased rack in roasting pan. Roast in 450°F oven until beginning to brown, about 19 minutes. Reduce heat to 275°F and roast, basting occasionally, until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre reads 140°F for medium-rare, about 1 hour. Transfer to cutting board; tent with foil. Let rest for 15 minutes before thinly slicing across the grain.
While roast is resting, drain all but 2 tbsp fat from pan. Sprinkle in flour; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in wine, scraping up browned bits with wooden spoon. Whisk in broth and remaining pepper; bring to boil over medium heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve; stir in parsley, mustard and any accumulated juices from cutting board. Serve with beef.