Summer Strawberry Pavlova

There’s a debate at to the real origin of Pavlova…New Zealanders claim it but it was a fabulous Australian cook, June Pearson, who shared this recipe with me a few years ago.  In Australia baking must be fast and easy, particularly in the summer when the thermometer soars but when...

Prairie Grain Cookies

This is another recipe from the Saskatchewan farm kitchen of Joan Heath.  It’s packed with flavour and travels so well that she frequently uses it as part of the lunches she prepares for her husband Corey as he works their thousands of acres of wheat, lentils, canola and beans. 1 cup (250 mL)...

Summer Black Cherry Clafoutis

The recipe is easy and very forgiving. The buttermilk adds another layer of flavour and it’s really quite spectacular. Please use only Canadian black cherries…our growers need our support because tons are shipped in before our season can begin and are grown with way fewer rules.  3 cups (750...

Apple & Cider Cobbler

Cheddar cheese and apple pie is a classic combination.  This recipe takes it to new heights by adding Canadian cheddar cheese into the biscuit topping of the cobbler. Serve with a dollop of Canadian cream or vanilla ice cream. 8 cups (2 L) peeled apples, cubed cut in wedges 1 1/2 cups (375 mL)...

Summer Fruit Platz

This recipe has staying power…it’s been part of my personal repertoire since 1984 and no home cook should be with out it on hand.  It’s so easy in its celebration of Canada’s massive fruit harvest.  Slice the peaches, apricots, plums, pears!  No need for peeling if you...

Bleu D’Élizabeth Cheese, Dark Chocolate and Date Bites

This recipe features the 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix winner in the Blue cheese and Organic cheese categories. A unique and mouth watering chocolate treat to satisfy any craving. 6 oz (180 g) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped 6 oz (180 g) pitted Medjool dates 3 oz (90 g) Bleu d’Élizabeth...

Easy Canola Pastry

This is a new technique to many where the dough is crumbly and then simply patted into the pie shell. It’s easy enough for a kid to make and a lot less messy than most. The small amount of sugar and milk helps the pastry brown. We made an apple & black raspberry crumble pie to test it.  The...

Glencoe Mills Oatcakes

Deep in the rolling hills near Glencoe Mills, Cape Breton, Elizabeth “Mrs. Angus” Beaton bakes utterly amazing oatcakes. They are so good that she packs them with great care and ships them to Calgary where her daughter, entrepreneur-extraordinaire, Janice, shares them with her lucky customers in...

Blueberry Peach Crisp

Just before serving, flame some rum or brandy. Bound to add a dramatic touch to this wildly delicious dessert. Topping 3/4 cup (175 mL) dried crumbled macaroon cookies 1/4 cup (60 mL) ground almonds 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped candied ginger 2 tbsp (30 mL) melted butter or margarine Fruit 4...

Utterly Awesome Maple Butter Tarts!

After a flurry of comments and shares on an Instagram post I did of Stacey Kanelos’ butter tarts, I decided to take a run at them myself. Here’s the recipe. You’ll need 12 deep tart shells. I made them with a sweetened lard pastry using locally-milled whole wheat cake and pastry flour. I usually...