The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014
1 1/2 teaspoon
2 1/4 cups
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 slices: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate32 g
Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.
Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.
Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.
We've simplified traditional huevos rancheros by layering the ingredients in a zesty brunch casserole. Assemble the dish the night before so that, in the morning, all you need to do is crack the eggs, garnish and pop the casserole into the oven. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some sliced avocado or a side salad.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: May 2016
flour tortillas (6 inches/15 cm)
drained and rinsed
shredded Monterey Jack cheese
light-tasting olive oil
finely grated or pressed
bottled strained tomatoes (passata)
chipotle chili in adobo sauce
seeded and finely chopped
per serving: about
Total fat21 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
Red Sauce: In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in strained tomatoes, chipotle chili, sugar, oregano, pepper, salt and 1 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
Casserole: Halve 2 of the tortillas. Spoon 1 cup of the sauce into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish, spreading to coat bottom. Layer 2 of the remaining tortillas in opposite corners of dish; arrange 2 of the tortilla halves, flat edges facing out, in remaining opposite corners to cover bottom of dish. Top with beans, spreading evenly. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with 2 cups of the Monterey Jack. Repeat layers with remaining tortillas, sauce and Monterey Jack. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Continue with recipe as directed, adding 14 minutes to bake time.)
Using back of spoon, make 8 shallow wells in top of casserole; crack 1 egg into each. Sprinkle with green onions and salt. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven, rotating dish halfway through, until egg whites are set yet yolks are still runny, 22 to 26 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: You can freeze leftover chipotle chilies in recipe-friendly amounts. Spoon the chilies, leaving space between each,onto a long piece of plastic wrap; fold the plastic wrap over to enclose the chilies, and twist the wrap between each to form beads. Freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. Snip off the beads with scissors as needed.
The crispy spiced chickpeas are great for nibbling on between meals. Double the batch and stash some for the extras in your lunch bag for an easy protein-packed snack.
Prep time20 minutes
Total time40 minutes
Portion size4 servings
sodium-reduced soy sauce
Asian chili sauce (such as sriracha)
, finely grated or pressed
bone-in skin-on chicken drumsticks
(about 900 g total)
Crispy Chickpea Salad:
can (540 mL)
, drained, rinsed and patted dry
Asian chili sauce
(such as sriracha)
salt and pepper
small red onion
, thinly sliced
Per serving: about
Total fat31 g
Saturated fat7 g
Total carbohydrate39 g
Chicken: In large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, soy sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil and garlic. Remove 2 tbsp to small bowl and set aside.
Add chicken to remaining maple syrup mixture; toss to coat. Arrange on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 425°F oven, turning once, until juices run clear when thickest part of chicken is pierced, about 35 minutes.
Brush with reserved maple syrup mixture; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Broil until browned, 1 to 2 minutes.
Crispy Chickpea Salad: While chicken is roasting, toss together chickpeas, 2 tsp of the oil, 1 tsp of the lime juice, the chili sauce and half each of the salt and pepper; spread in singlel layer on greased rimmed baking sheet. Roast in 425°F oven, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden, about 20 minutes.
In large bowl, whisk together maple syrup and remaining oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Add arugula and red onion; toss to coat. Top with chickpeas. Serve with chicken.
Our best-in-class take on this classic treat has a buttery flavour, a chewy centre and a subtly crisp exterior. Oh, and you can tweak the recipe to make them crisp or soft, too.
Portion size60 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: September 2015
1 1/4 cup
chocolate chips or chunks
per cookie: about
Total fat6 g
Saturated fat4 g
Total carbohydrate17 g
In large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; stir into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. (Make-ahead: Shape into disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze in freezer bag for up to 1 month. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Roll by 2 tbsp into balls. Arrange, 3 inches (8 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets; flatten slightly.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350?F (180?C) oven until tops are no longer shiny, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Change it up: The Ultimate Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Omit 1/2 cup of the flour. Arrange dough on baking sheets as directed; flatten to 1/2-inch (1 cm) thickness. Bake as directed.
Change it up: The Ultimate Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prepare dough and arrange on baking sheets as directed (do not flatten). Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Transfer directly to 350?F (180?C) oven and bake until tops are no longer shiny, about 12 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Baking sheets vary in thickness and finish, which affect the doneness of cookies. A heavy, shiny uncoated baking sheet will allow the cookies to bake most evenly.