Riesling Apple Brown Butter Ricotta Napoleons

Looking for the perfect dessert to serve during the cold winter months? These Napoleons couldn’t be easier – make the puff pastry and whipped ricotta a day or two beforehand and just spoon on the McEwan’s Own Riesling Apples straight out of the jar right before it’s time to serve.

2 sheets puff pastry, thawed and rolled out thinly to about 10″ x 15″

2 tablespoons brown butter

475g container smooth ricotta

2 tablespoons honey

¼ cup powdered sugar

1 jar McEwan’s Riesling Apples

powdered sugar, as needed

Riesling Apple Napoleons

Thaw according to the directions on the package and roll out your puff pastry on a floured surface. Cut it into squares or rectangles, depending on how big you want your Napoleons to be.

Lay the rectangles on the larger baking sheet, lined with parchment. Prick the pastry all over with a fork and place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

Remove from fridge, cover with another sheet of parchment and place the second smaller baking sheet on top to weigh the pastry down and prevent it from puffing up. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the oven and transfer the pieces to a rack to cool completely. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan until it foams and starts to turn golden brown. Remove from heat and scrape the melted browned butter into a bowl and cool to room temperature.

Add the ricotta, honey and ¼ cup of powdered sugar. Mix well.

Lay one piece of puff pastry down on a small serving plate. Add a couple of tablespoons of ricotta cream and then cover that with a couple of tablespoons of the McEwan’s Riesling Apples. You can serve them just like this with a dusting of powdered sugar and let people pick it up and eat it out of hand.

For a more elegant dessert, add a second piece of puff pastry and sprinkle with powdered sugar. For a real showstopper, add another layer of ricotta and apples and top with a third piece of puff pastry. For the whole shebang, add a second layer of ricotta and apples and top the whole thing with a third piece of puff pastry. Using a fine strainer, sieve some powdered sugar over the top and serve.

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Abbey’s Top 10′s for Your Healthy Holiday Charcuterie Spread


Holiday meals at my house are hectic enough so I always kick things off with a care-free charcuterie board. It’s really the perfect dish for entertaining because I don’t have to cook it, it looks impressive, there’s something for everyone (even the picky Pollys) and it keeps mouths and bellies happy while I fuss over the main meal. But let’s be honest- most typical party platters aren’t much better for you than the mini sausage rolls and fried shrimp- they’re often loaded with saturated fat and refined carbs from all the rich cheeses, fatty meats, and buttery crackers. So this holiday season, why not let McEwan help you build a better board with an assortment of lighter, more elegant bites.

The key is to choose an assortment of big bold flavours so that a little bit goes a long way- no processed diet food, no deprivation, and no Debbie Downers. Need proof? Check out the top ten delicious and balanced items you’ll be seeing on my cocktail spread this season.

Niagara Berkshire Prosciutto- Skip the well marbled salumi and go for prosciutto which is one of the leanest yet tastiest charcuterie options at the deli.

Fresh figs – Jammy and sweet, ripe figs are irresistible with salty prosciutto or cheese.

McEwan Spanish Marcona Almonds- Packed with protein, fibre and good-for-you fats, a small handful of these will keep the hunger monster at bay.

Mary’s Organic Crackers- Forgo the carb overload of the bread basket and opt for these whole grain gluten free crackers instead that deliver tons of flavour and great crunch in their petite size.

Pastrami Smoked Atlantic Salmon- Loaded with protein and healthy omega-3 fats, pescaterians and meat lovers alike will swoon over this pastrami-inspired smoked fish.

Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co’s Bagel Chevre (Garlic & Chive)- Made simply with just some hormone and antibiotic free goats milk, bacterial culture, rennet and salt- this is a far more nutritious alternative to cream cheese.

McEwan Olive Trio- Olives are packed with heart-healthy fats and a ton of bold flavour so you only need a few to get your briny fix.

McEwan Pickled Beans- Virtually calorie free with a good bite of heat, these snappy beans are more addictive than chips.

McEwan Spiced Orange Marmalade- Try this bitter-sweet preserve on your cheese and crackers for the spicy sweet flavour of the holidays.

Beemster Slimkaas Matured Cheese- Skip the processed “low fat” cheese, and opt for a naturally lower fat offering like this Slimkaas which has 33% less fat than most regular Gouda cheeses.

To pick up my ten tasty essentials and everything else you need to pull off a healthy and delicious holiday meal, visit McEwan Foods at Shops at Don Mills.





Holidays at McEwan Floral

There are signs everywhere that the festive season is approaching full bloom – window displays in stores, mittens being dug out of storage boxes and of course, signs of snow. Everything is telling us to start checking strands of holiday lights for duds and to take stock of last year’s decorations. You can’t help but want to add something extra to your standard décor. A good, versatile place to start is with a floral arrangement.


Making your own is a great way to add something fresh and personalized to your decorating repertoire. This year we are eager to share a little bit of advice in the hopes that we can help you create your own beautiful arrangement, instead of just buying one.

Floral trends to keep on eye out for the coming holidays this year include:

  • Arrangements with Magnolia branches instead of traditional pine elements with two toned brown and green leaves add a hint of warmth, while showcasing elements of the winter landscape. Fluffy white roses bring out the suggestion of snow.
  • “Forget using satin red ribbon this season, try using natural elements like burlap or twine for holiday bows.” – Rachel & Dianne of McEwan Floral
  • Wild rosehips are remnants of autumn and we love them on their own or speckled in a lush floral arrangement.
  • Vintage brass vessels adds that luminosity and warmth that is reflective of the holidays. Bring your old vases and vessels in to be filled for holiday cheer!
  • Hemlock branches are also very popular this year


Arrangement Tips – Think of arranging flowers like you think of cooking…

  • Overpowering ingredients together in a recipe can cause a clash; use flavours and flowers that will enhance and flow with one another.
  • Pick a base, your green foliage. Pick a focal flower, the main flavor in your creation. Finally, pick supporting flowers that will compliment your focal flower & keep it simple.
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1.Magnolia 2.Wild Rosehips 3.Hemlock Branches 4.Amaryllis 5.Juniper

Here our favorites for the holidays that we are most anxious to share:

Amaryllis tones range from the deepest red to peachy pink. The velvety sheen of their petals can add a luxurious feel to arrangements.

The fragrance of Juniper is pungent, herbaceous, peppery, and pine-like. We love it in arrangements or in festive garlands.

Cedar is a traditional holiday pine. The foliage is a bright green and adds the smell and feel of the wintery weather.

We finish here with large sprinkles of inspiration.  If you are in doubt, stop by McEwan Floral and we will gladly help come up with some suggestions.