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Strawberry cream cheese half moons

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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This yummy portable dessert uses fresh Ontario Strawberries.  It is best served the same day it is made.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Baking Time: 25 minutes
Makes 12

Strawberry cream cheese half moons

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) diced hulled Ontario Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch
  • 3 oz (90 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
  • 1-1/2 pkg (700 g, total) frozen puff pastry (3 pre-rolled sheets), thawed
  • 1 Ontario Egg Yolk
  • Garnish: Granulated and icing sugars

Method:

  1. Combine strawberries, 2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup (50 mL) icing sugar and vanilla; mix well with wooden spoon until smooth. Set aside.
  3. On lightly floured surface, roll each pastry sheet into 10-inch (25 cm) square (if necessary). Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter, cut out 12 rounds (4 rounds from each sheet). Arrange on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. In small bowl, beat egg yolk with 1 tsp (5 mL) water; brush over edge of each round. Dollop heaping teaspoon cream cheese mixture in centre of each. Top with scant tablespoon strawberry mixture. Fold in half to form half-moon shape; pinch edges to seal.
  5. Garnish: Lightly brush each pie with egg wash; sprinkle with a little granulated sugar. With tip of paring knife, cut steam vents in centre of each.
  6. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly on baking sheets then place on cooling racks. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

Courtesy Foodland Ontario

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Vanilla-eggnog cheesecake

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Dec 4th, 2013

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Vanilla-eggnog cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups Honey Maid Graham Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 pkg. (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cupplus
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix graham crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Scrape inside of vanilla bean into batter; discard pod. Add flour and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg to cream cheese mixture; mix well. Blend in rum. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake 40 min. or until centre is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.
  5. Beat cream and remaining sugar in small bowl with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Use to garnish cheesecake. Sprinkle with remaining nutmeg.

Courtesy Philadelphia Cream Cheese, www.phillycanada.com

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Italian three cheese crispy chicken

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 16th, 2013

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Italian three cheese crispy chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub (270 g) Philadelphia Italian Three Cheese Cooking Creme, divided
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 lb./450 g)

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup Cooking Creme into shallow dish. Mix remaining Cooking Creme and bread crumbs in separate shallow dish.
  3. Dip chicken, 1 breast at a time, in Cooking Creme then in crumb mixture, turning to evenly coat both sides of each breast. Place on parchment-covered baking sheet.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 min. or until chicken is done (170ºF).

Serving suggestion: Serve with your favourite steamed fresh vegetable, such as broccoli or asparagus.

Indirect grilling: For an outdoor meal, light one side of barbecue, leaving other side unlit. Close lid; heat barbecue to 400ºF. Coat chicken as directed; place on foil-covered baking sheet. Place baking sheet on barbecue grate over unlit area. Grill 35 to 40 min. or until chicken is done (170ºF), monitoring for consistent grill temperature.

Courtesy Philadelphia Cream Cheesewww.phillycanada.com

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Savoury garlic mac and cheese

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Sep 16th, 2013

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Savoury garlic mac and cheese

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups scoobi doo pasta, uncooked
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tub (270 g) Philadelphia Savoury Garlic Cooking Creme
  • 2 cups Kraft Double Cheddar Shredded Cheese, divided

Method:

  1. Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
  2. Meanwhile, cook and stir bacon in medium saucepan on medium heat until crisp. Drain fat. Add onions to same pan; cook 5 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Add Cooking Creme and 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese; cook and stir on medium-low heat 2 min. or until heated through.
  3. Heat broiler. Drain pasta, reserving 1/3 cup cooking water. Gradually stir in reserved pasta water into sauce. Add pasta; mix lightly.
  4. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining shredded cheese. Broil, 6 inches from heat, 2 min. or until golden brown.

Cooking know-how:  Thoroughly drain cooked pasta because excess water clinging to the pasta will dilute any sauce that you add.

Courtesy Philadelphia Cream Cheese, www.phillycanada.com

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