This year, our readers were all about comfort food classics, inspired new desserts, and all things flavourful and spicy. From the sweet corn mochi that basically broke the internet to the Caribbean curry our readers just could not get enough of, read on for our most popular recipes of the year.
Chewy Mochi Cake with Fresh Corn
Our most popular recipe by a landslide, this delightfully jiggly mochi cake from Food Network Canada recipe developer Sonia Wong went absolutely viral this year. With over 2.5 million combined views on TikTok, it captured the internet’s collective imagination and made the most of sweet summer corn season.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
It’s no surprise that this classic recipe from Food Network Canada’s resident baking queen Anna Olson was our second most popular of the year. Anna’s cookie recipe has two secrets to success: the addition of cornstarch, which holds in moisture to guarantee a soft-centred cookie, and the chill time, which ensures uniform, chewy cookies.
Classic Banana Bread
Another classic recipe from Anna Olson, we have a feeling many readers have this go-to recipe bookmarked so they can refer to it any time a banana bread craving strikes. This warm, moist loaf can also be baked with chocolate chips and walnuts pieces for a bit of extra oomph.
Perfect Caribbean Curry Chicken
Any recipe from Chef Suzanne Barr is a winner in our books, and clearly our readers agree. According to Suzanne, this is the dish that her angel investor fell in love with, and with their support she was able to open her restaurant Saturday Dinette.
Buttery Aloo Paratha
Get a taste of Food Network Canada recipe developer Zahra Kasmani‘s childhood with this buttery aloo paratha recipe. Soft, spicy mashed potatoes are wrapped with homemade dough, then rolled into a thin pancake and fried until golden and crispy.
Passionfruit and Coconut Linzer Cookies
This updated and elevated twist on classic Linzer cookies sandwiches tangy passionfruit curd between melt-in-your-mouth soft coconut sable cookies. Bonus: you can enjoy the leftover curd by drizzling it over your pancakes or crepes.
White Bean and Winter Greens Chili
Our readers loved this not-so-traditional vegetarian chili. Loaded with hearty vegetables and protein-packed beans, it can easily be made vegan with a few simple substitutes. Whether you’re making it for a cozy dinner or a game day feast, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Date Night Caramelized Onion Risotto
Creamy and subtly sweet, this popular risotto features yummy ingredients like caramelized onions, tangy goat cheese, Parmesan and rosemary, and is finished with a drizzle of honey and sesame seeds. It’s an unexpected flavour combination that our readers fell head over heels in love with.
The Best Hakka Chicken Fried Rice
Say hello to Hakka fried rice, your favourite Chinese fried rice’s spicier cousin. If you’re looking to switch things up for your weekly meal prep, or need a quick weeknight dinner, this recipe is just the ticket. Packed with protein-rich chicken and eggs plus colourful vegetables, this rice is a sure winner!
Spiced Masala Toast
This savoury Indian-style French toast is everything you need to spice up your next brunch. Commonly known as Masala Toast or Bombay Toast, you can personalize your Masala Toast with more or less spice, or by adding in your favourite veggies (bell peppers add a great touch of sweetness). Just be sure not to skip the combination of red onions, cilantro, and chilis – these are essential flavours that can’t be replaced.
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