"Hummingbird cake has the crushed pineapple, nuts and spices you'd find in carrot cake, but instead of shredded carrots, the batter is studded with diced bananas. A swirl of cream cheese icing is all you need on top, but if you really want to knock everyone's socks off, top your cupcakes with our Pineapple Flowers, attaching the banana chips and pecan halves with dabs of icing." — Annabelle Waugh, Food director
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: January 2016
Cream Cheese Icing:
each baking powder and
1 1/2 cup
per cupcake: about
Total fat22 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate48 g
Cupcakes: In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla until smooth; pour over flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fold in bananas, pineapple and pecans.
Divide batter among 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centres comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Transfer to resealable freezer bag; freeze for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Cream Cheese Icing: In bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth; beat in vanilla. Beat in icing sugar, one-third at a time, until smooth. Pipe or spread icing onto cupcakes. (Make-ahead: Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before continuing with recipe.)
Garnish: Top each cupcake with 1 banana chip and 1 pecan half.
Pineapple Flowers: Using chef's knife, trim top and bottom from 1 large pineapple. Slice off skin, following contour of pineapple. Using vegetable peeler, remove any remaining eyes. Lay pineapple on its side; slice crosswise into scant 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick rounds. Arrange on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 225°F (110°C) oven, turning pineapples once and switching and rotating pans every 30 minutes, until leathery and lightly darkened around edges, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Press slices into muffin pan wells. Let stand for at least 12 hours.
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.
These wings can get sticky as they bake, so line your baking sheet with greased nonstick foil or parchment paper for easy turning.
Portion size24 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: March 2016
salt and pepper
all-purpose flour or
per piece: about
Total fat4 g
Saturated fat1 g
Total carbohydrate1 g
In bowl, sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with flour; toss to coat. Arrange on lightly greased nonstick foil– or parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning once, until crisp and golden, 45 to 50 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Chicken wings that are sold separately and trimmed are a real time-saver. If you can't find them at your local grocery store, cut the tips off of whole chicken wings, then cut each wing in half at the remaining joint.
Change it up:
The Ultimate Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings In small saucepan, stir together 1/3 cup cayenne pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot Original), 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp onion powder; bring to boil. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature. Prepare wings as directed; toss with sauce just before serving.
The Ultimate Crispy Barbecue Chicken Wings In saucepan, stir together 1 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup fancy molasses, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Prepare wings as directed, brushing with sauce before last 5 minutes of baking.
Weeknight entertaining is a breeze when you put your slow cooker to work! Adding a bit of flour to the sauce at the end of cooking turns it into a rich gravy to serve alongside the roast. Green peas and mashed sweet potatoes make great accompaniments to this hearty cold-weather dish.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015
boneless beef pot roast (top or bottom blade, or cross rib)
sodium-reduced beef broth
liquid honey and Worcestershire sauce
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat25 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate12 g
Sprinkle beef with 1/2 tsp of the salt and 1/4 tsp of the pepper. Set aside.
In slow cooker, combine onion, garlic and bay leaf. Place beef over top. Whisk together broth, vinegar, tomato paste, mustard, honey, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary and remaining salt and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low until beef is tender, 8 to 10 hours.
Transfer beef to cutting board; remove any butcher's twine. Keep beef warm.
Discard bay leaf. Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid. Whisk flour with 1/4 cup water; whisk into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.
Thinly slice beef across the grain; serve with sauce.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For the most flavourful sauce, choose a good-quality balsamic vinegar. Taste the sauce before serving; if it's very tangy, stir in up to one tablespoon of granulated sugar until dissolved sweetness.