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TV-PG (30 MIN)

Sugar pastry differs in texture and taste from a Sablee pastry and is equally valued in a pastry kitchen sugar. Sugar pastry (known as pate sucree) is a little more delicate and fragile due to its higher sugar and butter content, so suits fillings of an according texture. This episode defines this, shows how to achieve and use this delicate pastry, and of course includes tips and tricks to make it even more versatile. i. Basic Sugar Dough and Snickerdoodle Cookies - the basic sugar dough formula can also be baked into snickerdoodle cookies: drop cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar before baking. ii. Frangipan Tart - a sweet almond filling is a traditional choice to bake into a tender sugar dough shell. Here we get a sense of rolling and baking the now-chilled dough and making and baking the traditional filling. iii. Blackberry Meringue Tarts - Sugar dough gets dressed up - the pastry can hold a filling, but brushing the inside of the tart shell with white chocolate prevents it from absorbing the blackbe


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Marzipan is made simply from ground almonds mixed with sugar to achieve a paste, but it has so many uses in the dessert world. This episode showcases marzipan from its fundamental creation to its many uses. i. Homemade Marzipan - master the formula for a tasty and easy-to-handle marzipan. This can be shaped into little candies, topped with a toasted almond. ii. Easy Marzipan Fruitcakes - Individual fruitcakes are made using marzipan within the batter and rolled to top the fruitcakes. Can include dried mango in the fruit mix (have just tested the recipe and would be a lovely addition) iii. Classic Battenberg Cake - Ever have high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria? Then you know that this checkerboard cake batter is made using marzipan, and then covered with a coloured marzipan for this English classic served at afternoon tea.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Meringue comes in 3 forms - we covered French meringue in season 1, but Italian meringue deserves its own episode (Swiss meringue is the third). Italian meringue is made from whipping egg whites and pouring in boiled sugar, giving the meringue strength and structure to be used in many ways. This episode shows the many applications of this fundamental baking principle. i. Italian Nougat (Torrone) - this is the perfect recipe to showcase the essentials behind Italian meringue, turning it then into a traditional Italian candy filled with toasted almonds & hazelnuts. ii. Coconut Marshmallows - Italian meringue can also be the base for marshmallows, and flavouring and tinting them is fun - you can also make different shapes or coat the marshmallows to personalize them further. iii. Key Lime Meringue Tart - Many pastry chefs rely on Italian meringue to top their meringue pies, since it is stable, shiny and easy to pipe and shape. A classic creamy key lime filling makes a perfect base to put this chef secre


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Icebox Cookies came into fashion in the early 1900's (when we used to use iceboxes to keep our food chilled) and are still as popular as ever. An icebox cookie must spend time chilling before it is sliced and baked, and this episode shows a number of traditional (and even international) styles. i. Vanilla Icebox Cookies - a traditional cookie is made, chilled and rolled in decorator's sugar before being sliced & baked. ii. Checkerboard Icebox Cookies - this shows how to make a chocolate version of the vanilla dough and use both doughs to make a checkerboard pattern. Great visual on the technique! iii. Coconut Caramel Sandwich Cookies - Truly something special, this recipe showcases a classic and favourite Asian sweet filling, a coconut caramel called "Kaya", which is very much like a coconut version of Dulce de Leche. The Icebox cookie is delicate to match this coconut caramel.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

The most popular of frostings, buttercream comes in all flavours, but also in a variety of techniques. This episode demonstrates the basic styles of buttercream frosting, but also the cake style that suit each type best. i. Lemon Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream - cupcakes require a soft, fluffy buttercream, and this is the most basic of buttercream styles. Topped with flaked coconut, these look just so pretty. ii. Pecan Torte with French Buttercream - French buttercream is a little more challenging to make and is enriched with egg yolks, giving it that textbook French vanilla golden colour. iii. Chocolate Berry Cake with Italian Buttercream - This buttercream style is the strong, stable frosting that i!S used for wedding cakes. The base is an Italian meringue, that has butter whipped into it and is fluffy but allows for precision when piping and decorating.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Part of the French Petit Fours world, little cakes are truly something special. These individual, two-bite cakes are each baked in a particular pan, and have such an interesting story behind them. i. Citrus Madeleines - Baked in a shell-shaped pan, these little cakes are most commonly a citrus flavour. You will really get a sense for working with small batches of batter and the technique to achieve a moist cake. ii. Hazelnut Friands - Friands are typically baked in little oval shapes, and can contain fruit, and usually have ground nuts as part of the batter. Topping them with toasted sliced hazelnuts gives them a nice polish. iii. Pretty Petits Fours - these "little bakes" are the petty glazed 2-bite cakes that came long before cupcakes. I will show a cake batter that suits these cut-out cakes (no crumbs!) as well as making rolling fondant AND pouring fondant, sharing decor techniques along the way.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith) recruits Toby (Craig Olejnik) on a case involving smuggled weapons, which takes a turn for the worse when an undercover operative winds up dead.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

As a new confidential informant for the IIB, Toby (Craig Olejnik) investigates an assassination threat against a Conservative leadership frontrunner -- a high-ranking military colonel who may have been involved in the mysterious disappearance of an army private under his command in Afghanistan.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) and Michelle (Lauren Lee Smith) investigate a suspicious homicide when a Russian Consul General is found dead and his son, protected by diplomatic immunity, confesses to his murder.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) is brought in to investigate corrupt cops but finds himself in over his head when one of them ends up dead from a suspected drug overdose.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

When an imprisoned criminal mastermind (Peter Outerbridge) holds the key to the whereabouts of a kidnapped judge, Sgt. Michelle McCluskey (Lauren Lee Smith) brings in Toby (Craig Olejnik) to read him, with unexpected results.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

The death of a CSIS agent and a breach of classified intelligence prompt Michelle (Lauren Lee Smith) to turn to her estranged husband and Toby (Craig Olejnik) to infiltrate a high-stakes poker game and uncover the missing puzzle pieces surrounding the mystery.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

A mysterious woman with an unexplained psychic gift may hold the key to helping Toby (Craig Olejnik) uncover the whereabouts of a wealthy businessman's kidnapped baby.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) goes undercover to help expose the identity of a hacker known as "Jericho-11 in a cyber crime investigation involving large-scale identity theft.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

When Toby (Craig Olejnik) and Oz (Ennis Esmer) are dispatched to a call in the financial district, they're taken hostage by two men posing as security guards who are carrying out a victim suffering from a gunshot wound.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) is brought in to authenticate the testimony of a star witness “ a celebrated restaurant chef - in the trial of a mob boss charged with shooting his business partner.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) and the IIB investigate a national security breach when a sex tape featuring the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Cynthia Dale) goes viral.


TV-14 (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) connects with a gifted young woman whose mental powers appear to rival or even surpass his own, and may be connected to a series of suspicious suicides linked to an old biker gang.


TV-14+LV (60 MIN)

Despite his decision to stop using his telepathic abilities, Toby (Craig Olejnik) is forced to use them when he finds himself a hostage in the middle of a bank heist. It will take all of Toby's skills, both as a paramedic and a mind reader, to keep him and his fellow hostages alive.


TV-14+LV (60 MIN)

Working his first official investigation, Toby (Craig Olejnik) must contend with Alvin Klein's (Peter Stebbings) skepticism and personal agenda in solving a decade-old murder.


TV-14+LV (60 MIN)

When the life of a superstar performer (Fefe Dobson) is threatened, Toby (Craig Olejnik) poses as her assistant to watch her back and help the IIB special ops unit investigate.


TV-14+LV (60 MIN)

Toby (Craig Olejnik) helps the IIB investigate the abduction of an African teenager whose father is an alleged war criminal.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Norman and his domineering girlfriend, Amanda, want a downtown condo. Norman's parents, Lodi and Mercedes, have the down payment. But Amanda and Norman's parents can't agree on anything. And poor Norman is stuck in the middle trying to please everyone but failing to keep tensions from flaring.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Melonie, a Feng shui consultant and mother of four daughters, wants a bigger home. Her father, Frank, has the down payment. But they can't agree on anything. With Frank only thinking of himself, Melonie and the girls have to soften him up so they can get the house they want.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Bursting at the seams with two young children, Leo and Susie are desperate for a bigger house. Leo's parents, Marlo and Gladys, have the down payment. But they can't agree on anything. While Marlo is always focused on the price tag, Susie's intense pickiness makes compromise impossible.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Staci, a 26 year-old office administrator and single mother, wants a big house in the country. Her parents, Lynn and Dan, have the down payment. But they insist that she find a place closer to home. When Staci refuses to compromise, it all goes downhill.


TV-PG (30 MIN)

Joanna, a young single-mother, desperately needs a better house for her four-month old baby girl. Her domineering parents, Jadwiga and Wes, have the down payment. But they can't agree on anything. Matters are made worse when Mom tries to play matchmaker with her single daughter and Arthur, the real estate agent.