We’re always curious to know what recipes resonate most with our readers, and this month one thing was for certain: they were craving holiday classics both new and old! From a stunning baklava cheesecake featuring pistachios soaked in a honey syrup to a feast-worthy latke charcuterie board, read on for our most popular recipes of the month. What better time to stay cozy at home and whip up something delicious?
Traditional Acadian Christmas Meat Pie
We’ve all heard of tourtière, the French-Canadian spiced savoury meat pie. But there’s another French-Canadian meat pie that is just as worthy of your love: an Acadian pie traditionally eaten at Christmas that hails from the Maritimes. Our readers agree – this was our most popular recipe of December.
The Ultimate Baklava Cheesecake
This baklava cheesecake is as stunning as it is delicious! If you’re on the hunt for a showstopping dessert, look no further. It combines all the delicious and syrupy flavours of baklava with the sweet but tangy cheesecake everyone loves. Flaky phyllo crust is layered with chopped walnuts and pistachios soaked in a honey syrup and a smooth and tangy cream cheese filling.
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Gooey Brown Butter Maple Pecan Squares
Our readers loved this updated twist on classic butter tarts. When you can’t decide between pecan pie or butter tarts, make these brown butter maple pecan squares. Featuring a buttery shortbread base that’s then topped with a sweet and gooey brown butter maple filling and then sprinkled with chocolate chips, it’s sure to satisfy any dessert craving.
Leave it to baking queen Anna Olson to come up with the perfect recipe for shortbread cookies! We have a feeling many of our readers have this classic recipe bookmarked for the holidays, but who says you can’t enjoy shortbread year-round?
Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower Soup
Cold and flu season is upon us, and this tasty soup recipe is a a great immune-boosting recipe to keep in your pack pocket. If you’re tired and sniffly, make this easy and quick cauliflower soup, so you can get back to resting. You’ll find an entire head of garlic in this recipe, because garlic is one of the best foods to incorporate in your diet when you want to support your immune system.
Classic Jewish Cinnamon Twist Cookies
Although these cinnamon twists are a staple around Hanukkah, they’re equally as delicious any time of year with a steaming mug of coffee or tea. They’re essentially a twisted sugar cookie that’s been hugged by cinnamon-sugar. They’re soft and chewy, yet somehow also slightly crisp.
Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake
Cold weather calls for cozy breakfasts like this Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Bake. The egg mixture features traditional gingerbread spices (which scents the whole house as it bakes) and the cranberry adds a hint of tartness. For best results, use a day old loaf of bread as it soaks up the liquid better.
The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing Latke Charcuterie Board
While latkes are traditionally eaten for Hanukkah, their crispy golden goodness is so delicious that we highly encourage making this latke charcuterie board for your next gathering, regardless of season! Customize your board with your favourite ingredients, but just be sure not to forget the applesauce and sour cream for dipping the latkes in.
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Spritzgebäck (Spritz Cookies)
Lightly flavoured with lemon, vanilla and almond, these tender spritz cookies are a German classic and for good reason. They are buttery, soft, and almost too pretty to eat! If you’re looking for a winter baking project, this is just the ticket.
Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Love the smell and flavour of cinnamon? Then these muffins – a moist yogurt-based vanilla cake with a crumbly cinnamon streusel – are for you. But, wait! There isn’t just a topping of streusel. There’s also a hidden layer inside each muffin to ensure you get a hint of cinnamon in each bite.
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