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Homemade Baklava: A fool-proof dessert

BY AMANDA PIEDIMONTE

Baklava
Photo Credit: Katherine Macnaughton

A few years ago, I offered to make dessert for Aurélie’s birthday dinner. Not having a huge sweet tooth, as alluded to here, she instructed me to go nutty rather than chocolatey or fruity. And so the idea of making homemade baklava was born! (Actually, I couldn’t decide between baklava or hazelnut crème brûlée so I made both…)
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Let Them Eat Cake … or Pudding

BY KIM MATURO

Chocolate Pudding
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Have you noticed that from February to April there are a lot of birthdays going on? In my case, I have 8 birthdays (including mine) spread out over 5 weeks. Last week, there were three birthdays at my office and this week another two. That’s a lot of cake and celebrating. This week is both my mother’s and my sister’s birthdays (Happy Birthday you guys) and I wanted to make my sister a birthday cake. She loves cheesecake, so I wanted to make a Brownie Bottom Cheese Cake.
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Win Your Lover’s Heart with Decadent Double Chocolate Mousse

BY KIM MATURO
From the Chocolate Throwdown
Chocolate Mousse
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

They say the best way to someone’s heart is though their stomach. If this is true, I feel that there are many foodies out there who will be cooking up a romantic dinner for their lover this Valentine’s Day.  I for one always enjoy cooking for a loved one and I pay special attention when planning out my menu to ensure that what I make is going to be delicious.
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Clementine Almond Cake

BY CATHERINE MOREAU
Clementine Almond cake

This time of year, clementines abound and are readily available pretty much everywhere. I always buy a small wooden crate of them during the holiday season and eat them consistently at the rate of one per day if not more. Delicious and bursting with bright citrus flavour, they are so tasty just on their own.

That said, I had a few left that were going south of the border, but didn’t want them to go to waste. I started searching for a recipe that utilized them in some sort of a dessert and fell upon one for a flourless clementine cake recipe inspired by Nigella Lawson. In lieu of flour, ground almonds are used, which makes for an amazingly moist and nutty cake. It’s a great way to repurpose those leftover clementines and is effortless to make. Another nice thing about this recipe is that it uses the entire fruit.
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Apple Cake with Whisky Flavoured Whipped Cream

BY CAMILLE MACNAUGHTON
FROM THE APPLE THROWDOWN
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(Manny, our photographer, was sick during the throwdown, so our iPhones had to do the trick.)

Apples are the quintessential fall food! Savoury or sweet, they give any dish a rustic comfort food like quality. Like all my ‘throwdown’ dishes, I take inspiration from the local farmers’ markets, which for this occasion, highlight the many apple varieties grown in the Montreal surrounding areas. From the sweet and pulpy Gala to the tart and crisp Spartan and Macintosh varieties, any dish is bound to reflect the sweet subtleties derived from any of apple varieties used.
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Sweet and Salty Pancakes with Candied Bacon Whipped Cream and Whiskey Syrup

BY AMANDA PIEDIMONTE
FROM THE DINER THROWDOWN
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I definitely did not lack inspiration for the Diner Throwdown. I hesitated until the very last minute on what dish to make, finally deciding on sweet and salty pancakes over runner-up ideas like meatloaf, burgers, mac’n cheese, grand slam breakfast, grilled cheese, etc… As you can probably tell from that list, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. So my newfound pancake obsession was quite a surprise! I wanted to make them as light and salty as possible, which is why I opted to use cake flour (which is already pre-loaded with baking powder and salt) and salted butter in the pancake batter.
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