In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Stir in cherries; knead gently just until dough comes together.
Divide dough into thirds. Working one-third at a time, place dough on large piece of plastic wrap. Covering loosely with plastic wrap, shape into 8-inch (20 cm) long log. Flatten sides to form 1-inch (2.5 cm) tall rectangle; twist ends of plastic wrap to seal. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Trim ends of logs; slice dough into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick rounds, reshaping as needed. Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375?F (190?C) oven, switching and rotating pans halfway through, until light golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
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.
Ruby raspberry jam peeking through snowflakes makes these pretty cookies as fun to look at as they are to eat.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014
2 1/2 cups
seedless raspberry jam
per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate22 g
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions just until combined. Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 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 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 2-inch (5 cm) square cookie cutter or knife, cut out shapes, rerolling scraps as necessary. Using 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) snowflake-shaped cookie cutter, cut out snowflakes in centres of half of the cookies (reserve scrap snowflake shapes to bake later). Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper– lined rimless baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 375?F (190?C) oven until bottoms and edges are light golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool on pans for 1 minute; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Spread scant 1 tsp of the jam over bottoms of each whole cookie, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border uncovered along edges. Sandwich with cut-out cookies, flat sides down. Dust with icing sugar. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
Roasting the squash before layering it in the gratin enhances its flavour. This step also cuts down on Turkey Day prep—just sprinkle on the topping and pop it into the oven after the turkey comes out.
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: October 2015
about 2kg, peeled, seeded and cut in 3/4-inch (2 cm) cubes
white and light green parts only
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat12 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate21 g
In large bowl, toss together squash, oil and 1/4 tsp each of the salt and pepper; arrange in single layer on lightly greased foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast on bottom rack of 450?F (230?C) oven, tossing once, until tender and edges are light golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to greased 8-cup (2 L) baking dish.
While squash is roasting, in saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook leek, garlic and 1 tsp of the thyme, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, mustard, nutmeg and remaining salt and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the Cheddar.
Pour leek mixture over squash. (Makeahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to
24 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before continuing with recipe.) Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar and thyme. Cover and bake in 425?F (220?C) oven for 30 minutes; uncover and bake until top is browned, 10 to 15 minutes.