Pressing super-fluffy russet potatoes through a ricer is the key to creating the smoothest mash you've ever tasted. Doing it a day ahead is a serious time-saver: Simply stir together your ingredients and reheat 12 minutes before dinner!
Portion size10 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: October 2015
peeled and cut in chunks
1 1/4 cup
per each of 10 servings: about
Total fat8 g
Saturated fat5 g
Total carbohydrate36 g
In saucepan of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until fork-tender, about 15 minutes; drain well. Press potatoes through potato ricer. (Make-ahead: Spread onto parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet; let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Continue with recipe, adding 8 minutes to cook time.)
In large saucepan, heat together cream, butter, salt and pepper over medium heat until butter is melted. Add potatoes; cook, stirring frequently, until smooth and hot, about 4 minutes.
This is a great project for beginner bakers, as the French-style layered sponge cake involves many classic techniques. To bring your eggs to room temperature quickly, submerge them in lukewarm water for 10 minutes, changing the water halfway through.
Caramel Mousse: In small saucepan, add 2 tbsp water; sprinkle gelatin over top. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in separate saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and 3 tbsp water to boil, stirring, just until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring, until amber in colour, about 4 minutes. Standing back and averting face, stir in 1/2 cup of the cream, along with the butter, vanilla and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of the sauce for topping cake. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
Cook gelatin mixture over medium heat just until dissolved, about 30 seconds. Stir in remaining caramel sauce until smooth and combined, about 1 minute. Scrape into large bowl; let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
In separate large bowl, beat remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Stir one-quarter of the cream into cooled caramel-gelatin mixture until combined; fold mixture back into cream just until no white streaks remain. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours; whisk gently until smooth before using.)
G?noise Cake: In large bowl, beat eggs with sugar until mixture is tripled in volume, glossy, almost white and batter falls in ribbons that hold their shape for 8 to 10 seconds when beater is lifted (this can take 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the type of mixer). Beat in vanilla. Sift in one-third of the flour and the salt; fold in just until combined and no white streaks remain, about 4 folds. Working in 2 batches, repeat with remaining flour. (Do not overmix, or batter will deflate.)
Stir together about 1 cup of the batter with melted butter until smooth; fold back into remaining batter just until combined, about 6 folds. Divide among 2 greased, floured and parchment paper–lined 8-inch (1.2 L) round cake pans. Bake in 350F (180C) oven
until light golden and cake pulls away from edge of pan and springs back when surface is gently pressed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pans on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; let cool completely on rack.
Praline: Meanwhile, arrange pecans in centre of parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. In small saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and 2 tbsp water to boil, stirring, until sugar is just dissolved. Boil, without stirring, until amber in colour, about 4 minutes. Drizzle over pecans; let cool until hardened, about 40 minutes. Break into 4 pieces. Transfer to food processor; pulse into coarse chunks. Set aside. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)
Whipped Cream Icing: In small saucepan, add 2 tbsp water; sprinkle gelatin over top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Cook over medium heat until just dissolved, about 1 minute; set aside to cool. In large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Beat in icing sugar and gelatin mixture until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Cut each cake in half horizontally. Place 1 bottom half, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread one-third of the caramel mousse over top; sprinkle with one-quarter of the praline. Repeat with remaining 3 cake layers, leaving top of final layer bare. Spread icing over side and top of cake; drizzle with some reserved caramel sauce. (If needed, reheat sauce in saucepan over low heat or in microwave just until softened.) Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Sprinkle with remaining praline. Serve any remaining caramel sauce on the side.
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Make this rich, creamy spread ahead of time to allow the mushroom flavours to develop. Use any combination of wild mushrooms you can find—or, in a pinch, opt for cremini mushrooms. Serve at room temperature with crackers or toast points.
Portion size2 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014
(such as shiitake, oyster or chanterelle), chopped
thinly sliced (light and dark green parts separated)
salt and pepper
per tbsp: about
Total fat3 g
Saturated fat2 g
Total carbohydrate1 g
In large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook mushrooms, light parts of green onions and the thyme, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are tender and just beginning to brown and no liquid remains, 12 to 15 minutes. Add brandy; cook, stirring, until no liquid remains, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper; let cool completely. Discard thyme.
In food processor, pulse cream cheese until smooth. Add mushroom mixture; pulse, scraping down side of bowl often, until combined. Scrape into bowl; stir in dark green parts of green onions and the parsley. Serve at room temperature. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.)
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.