A French term that means "paving stone," pavé describes the brick shape of this elegant dessert. Whisky often has notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate, making it a lovely complement to desserts featuring those same flavours.
Chocolate Whiskey Pavé: Line 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving 4-inch (10 cm) overhang. Set aside.
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt butter with chocolate, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in whisky. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-quarter into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top; fold overhang over top. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Unwrap and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes; using hot knife, slice pavé crosswise.
Sponge Toffee: While pavé is chilling, in 6-cup (1.5 L) saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3 tbsp water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F (149°C) or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 12 minutes.
Remove from heat; standing back and averting face, pour in vanilla. Add baking soda, whisking just until combined, about 2 or 3 times. (Mixture will bubble, sputter and increase in volume.)
Pour into parchment paper–lined 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan (do not scrape bottom of saucepan). Let cool in pan, undisturbed, for about 2 hours. Using serrated knife, cut toffee into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.) Serve with pavé.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For puffed, airy sponge toffee, resist the urge to scrape the bottom of the saucepan when pouring the syrup into the loaf pan. Otherwise, the denser syrup that collects at the bottom will deflate the lighter syrup as it settles in the loaf pan.
Candied nuts add crunch and even more sweetness to this side of roasted veggies. Make an extra batch to serve for snacking before dinner—your guests will love them! Trim the brussels sprouts to a uniform size, halving any larger pieces so that they cook evenly.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time35 minutes
brussels sprouts, trimmed
, peeled and cut lengthwise in 1/2-inch thick wedges
(about 450 g), peeled, halved crosswise and cut in 1/2-inch thick wedges
bunch (about 400 g)
, halved diagonally
bag (250 g)
Maple Candied Nuts:
mixed pecan halves and
, coarsely chopped
Per each of 12 servings: about
Total fat12 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate18 g
Vegetables: In large bowl, toss together brussels spouts, parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, shallots, oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on 2 lightly greased rimmed baking sheets. Roast in top and bottom thirds of 425°F oven, turning vegetables and switching and rotating pans halfway through, 25 to 30 minutes. Scrape into serving platter.
Maple Candied Nuts: Meanwhile, in small skillet, heat maple syrup and butter over medium heat, stirring, until melted; bring to boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in nuts and thyme; cook, stirring, until sticky and liquid is mostly evaporated, about 3 minutes.
Spread in single layer on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Let stand until firm, about 10 minutes. Break into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.) Sprinkle over vegetables.
The holidays wouldn't be complete without sweet, buttery shortbread, so we've perfected a classic. This one has a crispy snap but still melts delicately in your mouth.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
per cookie: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
In stand mixer with paddle attachment, or in bowl using wooden spoon, beat together butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy; stir in flour just until combined.
Press dough into parchment paper– lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan. Using palm of hand, flatten to make smooth, even surface. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Using knife, score surface of dough into 24 rectangles; prick each cookie several times with fork. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Bake in 300 F (150 C) oven until firm and pale golden, about 55 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes; cut through score lines. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.)
Change it Up - Shortbread Rounds: On lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/3-inch (8 mm) thickness. Using 2-inch (5 cm) round cookie cutter, cut out shapes. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper– lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 300 F (150 C) oven until firm and pale golden, about 20 minutes.
Shortbread Wedges: Press dough into parchment paper– lined 8-inch (1.2 L) round cake pan; using palm of hand, flatten to make smooth, even surface. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Using knife, score surface of dough into 16 wedges. Continue with original recipe.
It takes just five simple ingredients to create this crunchy confection from our Holiday Celebrations 2009 special issue. To ensure an airy toffee, do not overstir the caramel when adding the baking soda. Dip the pieces in white chocolate for a festive touch.
Portion size48 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
2 1/2 cups
white corn syrup
per piece: about
Total fat0 g
Saturated fat0 g
Total carbohydrate14 g
In large saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 1/3 cup water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300?F (149?C) or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Standing back and averting face, whisk in baking soda and vanilla. (Caramel will bubble and sputter and increase in volume.) Do not overmix.
Pour into greased parchment paper– lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan. Let cool in pan for 2 hours. Break into 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.)