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.
The combination of crab, avocado and corn blends salty, creamy and sweet. Stuffed into crisp pastry cups, it gives you a dinner party–worthy starter in just 10 minutes. For the best results, use fresh crabmeat, which retains more flavour than frozen.
Prep time10 minutes
Total time10 minutes
tub (227 g)
crab claw meat
, drained and coarsely chopped
, toasted and coarsely chopped
liquid wildflower honey
Per tart: about
Total fat18 g
Saturated fat10 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
On work surface, gently unroll pastry. Halve pastry lengthwise; cut crosswise into thirds to make 6 rectangles. Arrange, 2 inches apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheet.
Using sharp knife, score along border of each rectangle, 1/2 inch from edges. Whisk 1 of the egg yolks with 1 tsp water; lightly brush over edges of pastry.
In bowl, stir together mascarpone, sugar and remaining egg yolk; spoon generous 1 tbsp into centre of each rectangle, spreading to scored edges. Arrange figs over top. Bake in 400°F oven until edges are golden, about 16 minutes. Sprinkle with pistachios. Bring to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
This moist cake tastes like a blend of two of our country's most-loved doughnut flavours: sour cream and maple-glazed.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: July 2015
1 1/2 cup
1 1/2 teaspoon
per each of 16 servings: about
Total fat14 g
Saturated fat8 g
Total carbohydrate49 g
Cake: In large bowl, beat butter with 1 cup of the sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, 1 at a time. Beat in sour cream and maple extract. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir into butter mixture, alternating with buttermilk, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of buttermilk, to make stiff batter.
In separate bowl, using clean beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until firm glossy peaks form. Fold one-third of the egg white mixture into batter; fold in remaining egg white mixture. Scrape into greased and floured 10-inch (3 L) Bundt pan, smoothing top.
Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Using tip of knife, loosen edge of cake from pan. Invert rack over pan; turn cake out onto rack and remove pan.
Slide sheet of foil or waxed paper under rack (to keep work surface clean). Mix maple syrup with warm water; brush all over cake. Let cool completely.
Maple Glaze: In bowl, mix maple syrup with maple extract; stir in icing sugar to make thick pourable glaze, adding up to 1/2 tsp water, a little at a time, to reach desired consistency. Pour over cake. Let stand until set, about 15 minutes. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)