- Portion size 200 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2007
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 small bottle (200 ml) vodka
Sage Pastis Spritz Image by: Jodi Pudge
This sophisticated, effervescent cocktail is tailor made for serving with seafood. Pastis is an anise-flavoured liqueur with herbaceous undertones. Originating from France, it’s typically diluted with water and served as an aperitif, but it’s also delightfully crisp when paired with fresh sage, tangy citrus and a splash of bubbly.
Using vegetable peeler or paring knife, cut 1/2-inch thick strip of zest from top to bottom of grapefruit. Set zest aside. Halve and juice grapefruit to make 1/4 cup.
In cocktail shaker, combine grapefruit juice, pastis, 2 of the sage leaves and the ice cubes; cover and shake vigorously. Strain into champagne flute.
Top with sparkling wine; garnish with remaining sage. Pinch ends of grapefruit zest and twist over drink to release oil; place zest in glass.
The Ultimate Banana Bread image Image by: The Ultimate Banana Bread image
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.
The Ultimate Shortbread Cookies Image by: Jeff Coulson
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.
Cinnamon Knots with Cream Cheese Dip Image by: Jodi Pudge
These bite-size treats are a fun way to enjoy the flavour of ooey-gooey cinnamon buns. They're perfect for sharing with a crowd, as guests can customize how much icing they get with every bite.
Cinnamon Knots: In small bowl, mix sugar with cinnamon. On work surface, gently unroll pastry; brush pastry with butter. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Cut lengthwise into ten 1-inch wide strips; halve crosswise to make 20 rectangles. Working with 1 rectangle at a time, bring short ends together; tie in loose knot.
Arrange, 1 inch apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet. Bake in 400°F oven until light golden, about 15 minutes.
Cream Cheese Dip: While pastry is baking, in bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy; beat in icing sugar. Gradually beat in milk until smooth. Serve with Cinnamon Knots.
Makes 20 pieces.