We love knowing what our readers are cooking and baking, and this month, it was all about the sweets! From chewy corn mochi to classic chocolate chip cookies and everything in between, find out our most popular recipes from the last month, and let them inspire you to whip up something delicious.
Delightfully Chewy Mochi Cake
This Hawaiian butter mochi-inspired recipe from Food Network Canada recipe developer Sonia Wong went viral last month, and for good reason! This chewy corn mochi cake has an addictively gooey yet chewy texture with crisp edges that just can’t be beat. Our readers agree – it was our top recipe of October.
Pumpkin Pie Squares With Candied Pecans
Fitting for pumpkin season, it’s no surprise that these sweet pumpkin pie squares ranked as a reader favourite for October. The modern twist on classic pumpkin pie feature a gingery cookie crust and spiced candied pecans for a little crunch.
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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
An oldie but a goodie, you just can’t beat Anna Olson’s Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. And while the recipe may be a classic, it has two secrets to success that make it so special: the addition of cornstarch ensures a softer centre and more tender texture to the cookie, and chilling the cookies before baking ensures they all bake to the same size and don’t spread too much while baking.
Buttery Aloo Paratha
One of the only savoury recipes to make this list, this North Indian comfort food is a hit with our readers. Step into Food Network Canada recipe developer Zahra Kasmani’s childhood and try your hand at making aloo paratha at home – and be sure to top it with lots and lots of ghee!
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Caramelized Onion Risotto
Colder weather calls for cozy date night recipes, and this caramelized onion risotto from Food Network Canada recipe developers and husband and wife duo Philip Lago and Mystique Mattai is just the ticket. Featuring caramelized onions, tangy goat cheese, Parmesan, rosemary, it’s then finished with a drizzle of honey and sesame seeds. It’s an unexpected flavour combination that you (and whomever you’re trying to impress) will fall in love with.
Pumpkin Snack Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Our readers can’t get enough pumpkin recipes, and this Baking Therapy pumpkin snack cake is proof! Spiced with warm cinnamon, spicy ginger, nutmeg (freshly grated, always!) and cloves and then topped with the creamiest sweet and salty caramel cream cheese frosting, it’s an easy and delicious recipe that just screams fall.
Vietnamese Coffee Cake
Craving a little something sweet to go with your coffee? This Vietnamese coffee cake is a delicious take on the traditional coffee cake. It’s a tender cake, flavoured with intense coffee and warming cinnamon, topped with crunchy streusel and a rich sweetened condensed milk glaze for the perfect treat.
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Anna Olson’s Pecan Butter Tarts
Another classic recipe from Food Network Canada’s resident baking queen Anna Olson, this quintessential Canadian dessert is a must-bake no matter the time of year.
Anna Olson's Classic Banana Bread
What’s more comforting than a warm loaf of banana bread, fresh out of the oven? This moist loaf made with ripe bananas can also be baked with chocolate chips and walnuts pieces for a bit of extra oomph.
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Hakka Chicken Fried Rice
Looking for a new weeknight dinner recipe? Our readers are totally hooked on this Hakka chicken fried rice. Spicy, savoury and totally delicious, it’s packed with protein-rich chicken and eggs, plus colourful veggies for a well-rounded dinner.