Butter tarts are a Canadian classic. How to make them more Canadian? Why, add a little maple syrup! If your family does not like raisins, leave them out- buttertarts are equally delicious without them.
Don’t be intimidated by making your own pie crusts- keep this basic recipe in your recipe files. It perfectly fits a 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate, without trimming away extra dough- simply tuck the extra underneath for double thickness at the edge. If your circle is less than perfectly round, you can trim one side after fitting it into pie plate and add to opposite side. If using for a savoury pie, such as tourtiere, omit the sugar.
Apple Cranberry Crisp
We added cranberries for a tart twist to a cool-weather classic. No need to thaw the cranberries first- they easily cut in half. You can serve crisp warm or at room temperature, making it a good make-ahead dessert for the holiday meal. Serve with vanilla ice cream for an extra-special treat.
Herbed White Bean Soup
Herb and roasted garlic flavours give a lift to this warming soup. A perfect accompaniment to roasted poultry, or add bread and salad for a simple meal.
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Goat cheese adds a new dimension to mashed potatoes. You’ll want to lick the pot clean!
Warm Lentil Salad
Lentils are a good source of iron, and a good choice for the vegetarians in your family. Since you can make it and serve at room temperature, this salad is perfect for a busy holiday meal.
Garlicky Green Beans
This delicious side dish comes together in minutes. Perfect to accompany a holiday roast, but easy enough to make any day of the week.