DESSERTS

Strawberry Love Letters

Strawberry Love Letters

A little champagne adds a hint of romance to this classic pastry dough. Strawberries are the sweet surprise hidden inside for your loved one. Ingredients Filling 6 Tbsp sugar 15-20 strawberries 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 tsp vanilla extract Pastry 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 lb lard 2 eggs, beaten cold water 1 Tbsp […]

Strawberry Pavlova Pastry by Chef Melissa Buiskool-Leeuwma of Baked Expectations

Strawberry Pavlova

Pastry Chef Melissa Buiskool-Leeuwma, Baked Expectations Light and airy, the strawberry pavlova is perfect for Easter. Ingredients Meringue 2 cups cold egg whites (chill in fridge) 1/2 tsp cream of tartar 2 1/2 cups sugar Filling 4 1/2 cups 35 per cent cream 1/2 cup icing sugar 4 cups strawberries, quartered 2 cups lemon yogurt […]

Strawberry Sorbet by Chef Lorna Murdoch of fusion grill

Strawberry Sorbet

Chef Lorna Murdoch, fusion grill Manitoba strawberries ripen in early July with U-Pick farms open for about four weeks. See the Prairie Fruit Growers website www.pfga.com or call 253-7425 (toll-free 1-877-33BERRY). This cool, icy palate cleanser trumpets the pure essence of strawberry. Ingredients ­2/3 cup sugar 2/3 cup water 3 Tbsp corn syrup 3 Tbsp […]

Sugar Cookie Mittens by Chefs Doug Krahn and Betty Lai of Chocolate Zen Bakery

Sugar Cookie Mittens

Chefs Doug Krahn and Betty Lai, Chocolate Zen The classic Christmas cookie looks as good as it tastes thanks to crushed candy cane and cranberry-hued royal icing. Ingredients Royal Icing 3 Tbsp meringue powder 4 cups sifted icing sugar 6 Tbsp warm water food colouring Cookies 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder […]

Sugared Grapes Centerpiece

Sugared Grapes Centerpiece Dessert Sinsations  & Design Barbara O’Hara The red and green grapes must be blemish free and smell fresh. Wash grapes and dry thoroughly before sugaring. The process is easier if done by two people. Ingredients 2 egg whites 2 large bunches red and green seedless grapes 2 cups berry sugar Method 1. […]

Summer Berry Coffee Cake by Owner/baker Tom Janzen of Bread & Circuses

Summer Berry Coffee Cake

Chef Tom Janzen, Bread & Circuses’ This wholesome cake recipe can accommodate any fresh fruit that’s found at the market or in your back yard. Serve it warm to complement any meal. Ingredients Batter 3 cups fresh fruit, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup butter 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 […]

Summer Fruit Rolls

Fresh seasonal fruits and herbs are packaged in hand rolled rice paper wraps. Ingredients 2 mangoes 2 apples 1 orange or lemon 2 kiwis 1 carton raspberries fresh mint rice paper wraps Method 1. Cut mangoes and apples into matchsticks. Squeeze orange or lemon juice over apples to prevent browning. 2. Peel kiwis and slice […]

Sweet Charcuterie

Sweet Charcuterie Eat-More Bar This sweet rolled treat is the centrepiece of a playful twist on a trendy favourite. Ingredients 3/4 cup honey 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 cup chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cups oatmeal 1 cup chopped peanuts Method 1. Melt peanut butter, honey and chocolate chips over medium low heat […]

Sweet Potato & Pecan Cookie S’mores

Sweet Potato & Pecan Cookie S’mores

By Ciao! Editors Try this seasonal twist on the campfire s’more if you are headed to the cottage for Thanksgiving. Ingredients Sweet Potato & Pecan Cookie 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp baking powder pinch of salt 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg 1/2 cup unsalted butter 3/4 golden brown […]

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

                      Owner/Baker Phingky Fuentes Pinky’s Bakeshop Nutty tahini blends with rich chocolate for a delightful peanut-free treat.   INGREDIENTS Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 3/4 […]

Tall Grass Folk Festival Cookie by Tall Grass Prairie Bakery

Tall Grass Folk Festival Cookie

Tall Grass Prairie Bakery A local favourite, this chewy cookie is full of grainy goodness. It is also one of Ciao! magazine’s most requested recipes. Ingredients 3/4 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup white sugar 2 large eggs 1/3 cup water 1 tsp vanilla 1 3/4 cup white flour 3/4 tsp baking soda […]

Tarte Tatin Glace Vanille by Chef Bernard Mirlycourtois of Brasserie Mirlycourtois

Tarte Tatin Glace Vanille

Chef Bernard Mirlycourtois, Brasserie Mirlycourtois First created by accident at the Hotel Tatin in France in 1889, this upside down apple tart is characterized by the layer of caramelized sugar on the apple. In order to achieve the elegant presentation shown in these photos a round mould approximately 3″ high is needed for each serving. […]

The best butter tarts

The Flavours of Canada, edited by Anita Stewart Slightly runny and totally addictive, butter tarts are a Canadian classic. They are an essential element of prairie cooking. Ingredients 1 cup raisins 24 3-inch unbaked tart shells 2 eggs 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup corn syrup 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 tsp […]

The Capital Crepe

Kawaii Crepe Owners Phil Salazar and Candy Lam The Capital Crepe This ultra-rich treat is perfect for chocolate INGREDIENTS Crepe 1 cup flour 2/3 cup cold milk 2/3 cup cold water 3 large eggs 1/4 tsp salt 3 Tbsp melted butter METHOD 1. Blend or whisk together all ingredients until smooth. 2. Refrigerate batter for […]

The Who’s Hoegaarden® Gingerbread Layer Cake by Chef Roger Wilton of MTS Centre

The Who’s Hoegaarden® Gingerbread Layer Cake

  Chef Roger Wilton, MTS Centre Bring the essence of holiday pine into the kitchen with this festive tart, a creamy combination of pine nuts, ricotta cheese and orange zest. Ingredients Cake 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 1 egg 1 cup molasses 2 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon […]

Thimble Cookies by Owner/operator Chris Atkinson, Lilac Bakery

Thimble Cookies

Owner/operator Chris Atkinson, Lilac Bakery Also known as thumbprint cookies, these two bite treats delight with texture and taste diversity. Try mixing up the jammy centres, or even adding some PB to the J. Ingredients 1/2 cup salted butter 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg yolk 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup flour 1 egg white […]

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Master Chocolatier, Fred Morden Mordens’ of Winnipeg Ingredients 1 cup water, divided Three 1-Tbsp envelopes unflavoured gelatin 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup corn syrup ¼ tsp salt 2 tsp vanilla 1 pound toasted coconut Method Place ½ cup cold water into the large bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle 3 gelatin envelopes into the […]

Toasty Turtle Fondue by Chef Jocelyn Harron of The Melting Pot

Toasty Turtle Fondue

Chef Jocelyn Harron, The Melting Pot Dunk pieces of apple, banana, melon, pineapple and banana bread to discover your favourite combination. Chocolate-loving moms will love this decadent dessert full of contrasting textures. Ingredients 1/4 cup whipping cream 1/4 chopped pecans 2 Tbsp butterscotch sauce 1 cup dark chocolate chips variety of fruit, sliced Method 1. […]

Tom Yum Chocolate Tarts

                      Owner/Baker Phingky Fuentes Pinky’s Bakeshop Lemongrass and chile peppers are infused into cream to create a herbaciously sweet and spicy tart.   INGREDIENTS Chocolate Crust 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup powdered sugar pinch of salt 1 1/3 sticks […]

Torte Fort

Maple Tiramisu Sugar shack meets patisserie in this voyageur twist on an Italian classic. Ingredients 2 cups chilled whipping cream 4 eggs, separated 1/2 cup maple syrup 2 cups mascarpone cheese 48 lady finger cookies 1 cup maple balsamic vinegar 1 cup strong black coffee Method 1. In a stand mixer or with electric beater, […]