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Banana-Pear Muffins

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 17th, 2017

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Banana-Pear Muffins

Makes 12  

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ginger or cardamom
  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (well-shaken before measuring)
  • 1 ripe pear, unpeeled, diced
  • Turbinado sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or grease tin wells well with baking spray.
  2. Whisk flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash bananas very well. Stir in sugar, oil, egg and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk.
  4. Add liquid mixture into flour mixture. Using a rubber spatula, stir until just combined.
  5. Before mixture is fully incorporated, add pear and stir just 3 or 4 more times or until barely combined. Immediately spoon or scoop into prepared tin. Sprinkle each muffin with a little turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake 5 min then reduce heat to 350F and bake another 20 to 25 min, or until tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 min then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Make ahead: Freeze cooled muffins in zip-lock bags for up to 4 weeks. Thaw at room temperature.

Recipes by Claire Tansey.

Clairetansey.com

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Caramel popcorn & spicy almonds

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Dec 16th, 2016

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Enjoy the holidays indoors, with your family by preparing these simple and delicious snacks!

Tools and Equipment:

  • Sauce Pot x 2
  • Wooden Spoon x 6
  • Stainless Steel Bowl x 6
  • Wire Piano Whisk x 2
  • Portable Burner x 2
  • Half Size Sheet Pan x 2
  • Wooden Barrels x 2 small size
  • Teflon Sautee Pan x 2

For the popcorn:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • ¼ Teapoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking soda

Method:

  1. Add 2 tbs water to sugar & start caramelizing.
  2. Add butter.
  3. Next, add baking soda. Stir even more vigorously now
  4. Add cooked warm popcorn and stir again

 

For the almonds:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Cup White sugar
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 ½ Cups Whole Almonds
  • 1 Teaspoon Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread the almonds onto a baking sheet, and toast until the nuts start to turn golden brown and become fragrant, about 10 minutes. Watch the nuts carefully as they bake: they burn quickly.
  2. Stir together the sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper in a mixing bowl; set aside.
  3. Stir together the water, honey, and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the mixture begins to bubble, stir in the toasted almonds until evenly moistened. Pour the almonds into the sugar and spice mixture, and toss until evenly coated. Spread onto baking sheets in a single layer, and cool to room temperature
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Braised pork shoulder with onions

Cityline | posted Monday, Dec 15th, 2014

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Get your holiday cooking started with this delicious, melt-in-your-mouth entrée! Ricardo shows us a wonderful alternative to the traditional turkey.

Braised pork shoulder with onions

Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder, about 4 lbs (1.8 kg), not tied
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 large Spanish onions, diced
  • 2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups white wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup whole-grain mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large oven-proof pan, brown the meat in 30 mL (2 tablespoons) of oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside on a plate.

In the same pan, gently brown the onions in the remaining oil until well caramelized.

Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the flour and stir to combine. Add the wine and bring to a boil.

Return the meat to the pan and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cover and braise in the oven for 2 hours. Remove the lid and continue cooking for about 1 hour or until the meat falls off easily with a fork.

Serves 8

Courtesy Ricardo Larrivee
www.ricardocuisine.com/en
@ricardorecipes

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Ultimate roast beef & gravy

Cityline | posted Monday, Dec 8th, 2014

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A roast beef dinner will wow your guests, and it’s not as hard to make as you might think! Claire Tansey shows us how it’s done. (And don’t forget all of the delicious side dishes, too!)

Ultimate roast beef & gravy

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 4 hours
Serves 8
Per serving: 493 calories, 40 g protein, 3 g carbs, 33 g fat, 852 mg sodium

Ingredients:

  • 2-kg bone-in prime rib roast
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth

Method:

Arrange roast, bone-side down, on a rack in a large roasting pan. Stir Dijon with thyme in a small bowl. Rub roast with salt. Season with fresh pepper. Brush mustard mixture over meat. (Don’t coat bottom.) Let stand, uncovered, until meat comes to room temperature, about 2 hours. While roast is standing, preheat oven to 350F.

Roast in centre of oven, uncovered, until a meat thermometer inserted in centre of meat reads 120F. This should take 1 hour to 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Transfer meat to a carving board  and loosely cover with foil. Let stand 45 minutes before carving.

Discard fat, leaving 3 tbsp in roasting pan with pan juices. Set pan over 2 burners on medium-high or pour liquid into a large, wide saucepan. When liquid starts to simmer, add flour, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in broth. Stir constantly until gravy starts to simmer. Reduce heat and continue simmering, stirring often, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve with roast beef.

Courtesy Claire Tansey
www.chatelaine.com
@chatelaine
@tanseyclaire

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