"One surefire way to appeal to a crowd is to serve a classic dessert with a fresh twist. These stunning tarts combine the flavours of two standby recipes: cherry pie and tiramisu. The mascarpone topping imparts a rich creaminess that makes the tarts extra indulgent." — Irene Fong, senior Food specialist
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
frozen pitted sour
crème de cassis
sheet (450 g pkg)
whipping cream 35%
dark chocolate (about 1/2 oz)
per serving: about
Total fat16 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate29 g
In saucepan, cook sour cherries, granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and 3 tbsp water over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cherries are tender yet retain their shape, about 8 minutes. Stir in dried cherries and crème de cassis (if using).
Whisk cornstarch with 3 tbsp water until smooth; whisk into cherry mixture. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Let cool completely, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days; stir in 1 tbsp hot water and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before continuing with recipe.)
Meanwhile, on large sheet of parchment paper, unroll 1 sheet of the pastry; fold pastry in half. Roll out into 15- x 6-inch (38 x 15 cm) rectangle. Lifting parchment paper by edges, transfer pastry to large rimless baking sheet. Make diagonal 3/4-inch (2 cm) cut at each corner. Repeat with remaining pastry.
Whisk egg yolk with 1 tsp water; lightly brush some of the egg yolk mixture along edges of pastry. Fold edges over, pressing to adhere. Brush remaining egg yolk mixture all over pastry. Prick centres all over with fork.
Bake, 1 sheet at time, in 400°F (200°C) oven until puffed and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly on pan; using spatula, gently press centres of pastry to flatten. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in bowl, beat together mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. In separate bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold into mascarpone mixture.
Spread mascarpone mixture onto centres of pastry; top with cherry mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate.
When you layer silky chocolate mousse with crunchy meringue, the meringue becomes soft and chewy, making this cake easy to slice with a hot, sharp knife.
Portion size12 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: February 2016
(about 1 oz), melted
chocolate-covered malted milk balls (such as Maltesers)
cream of tartar
1 1/4 cup
Malt Chocolate Mousse:
milk powder (such as Ovaltine)
(about 2 oz), chopped
(about 2 oz), chopped
1 1/2 cup
whipping cream (35%)
per serving: about
Total fat17 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate35 g
Chocolate Meringue: Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using 8-inch (3 L) springform pan as guide, trace 2 circles, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, onto parchment paper. Turn parchment paper over. Set aside.
In bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. In separate bowl, whisk sugar with cocoa powder; beat into egg white mixture in 2 additions until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in vanilla. Spoon into outlines on parchment paper, smoothing tops and leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border around inside edge.
Bake on bottom rack in 225°F (110°C) oven until dry and crisp, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn off oven; let cool in oven for 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container in cool dry place for up to 5 days.)
Malt Chocolate Mousse: While meringues are cooling, line bottom and side of 8-inch (3 L) springform pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In small saucepan, add 3 tbsp water; sprinkle gelatin over top. Let stand until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Cook over low heat until melted. (Do not boil.)
Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, whisk malt powder with boiling water until dissolved. Add unsweetened chocolate and dark chocolate; melt, stirring, until smooth. Stir in vanilla and salt. Stir in gelatin mixture. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until lukewarm, about 10 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-third into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining cream.
Assembly: Place 1 of the meringues in bottom of prepared pan, trimming to fit if necessary; pour half of the mousse over top. Repeat with remaining meringue and mousse; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until set, about 6 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Remove cake from pan; peel off parchment paper.
Garnish: Drizzle cake with chocolate; top with malted milk balls.
Studded with chocolate chips and crystallized ginger, this moist marbled loaf makes the best fall-flavoured afternoon treat. For the prettiest slices, generously swirl the batters together.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time1 hour & 45 minutes
Portion size12 servings
1 1/4 teaspoon
each baking soda and
each salt, ground cloves and
dark chocolate chips
Fresh Pumpkin Purée
(Instructions under method)
(about 4 oz), melted and slightly cooled
Per serving: about
Total fat19 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate52 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ground ginger, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Stir in chocolate chips and crystallized ginger.
In separate large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in pumpkin purée and vanilla (mixture may appear separated). Stir in flour mixture until combined. Remove half of the batter to separate bowl; fold melted chocolate into 1 bowl of the batter until combined.
Alternately drop spoonfuls of light and dark batters into parchment paper–lined 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan. Using butter knife, gently swirl batters to create marble effect. Using small offset palette knife, smooth top. Bake in 350° oven until loaf springs back when lightly touched, about 70 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Lift out onto rack; peel off parchment paper. Let cool completely.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: To make sure your loaf pan holds 1.5 litres, measure it by filling it with water. Not all brands are standardized, and volume will affect the baking time.
In bowl, mix oatmeal with 1/4 cup water; microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir in half of the Cheddar. Top with sausages, tomato, green onion and remaining Cheddar.
Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal
In saucepan, melt 1 tsp butter over medium heat; cook 1 cup steel-cut oats, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add 3 1/2 cups water and 1/4 tsp salt; bring to boil. Turn off heat; cover and let stand until cooled to room temperature, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Refrigerate in airtight container for 8 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.) Microwave on high for 2 minutes before serving. Makes about 4 cups.