Bacon Fat Caramels

A candy thermometer is absolutely essential for this recipe.  They’re inexpensive and a terrific tool for any serious kitchen. 1 cup whipping cream (35%) 5 tbsp smoked bacon fat (which is about the amount rendered by cooking one pound of bacon in the oven, on a rack or in a pan) 1 tsp salt 1...

The Art & Science of Homemade Ice Cream

Summertime and Ice Cream together so we thought it’d be fun to let readers learn from the master ice cream maker himself.  But first a little background. Dairy Processing Education at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, has been part of our mandate for nearly 140 years....

Battery Park Stout Cake

This great cake comes from the kitchens of Dartmouth’s  Battery Park where they brew one of the main ingredients…stout!   1/2 cup (125ml) local stout (dark ale)* 1/2 cup (125ml) unsalted butter 1/3 cup (80ml) cocoa powder 1 cup (250ml) all-purpose flour 1 cup (250ml) white sugar 1 tsp...

Wildflower Honey Fudge

I was inspired to dig out this old recipe by a jar of honey from the Ontario Agricultural College’s (OAC) Bee Lab in Guelph.  Otherwise known as The Townsend House, it is the oldest school for apiarists in North America.  Wildflowers from strategically placed hives all over the Province are...

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 and it can be baked all year round.  Fresh apples and cider from Canada are available even in the late spring and early summer...

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...

The Ultimate Chocolate Brownies

Okay, okay….this recipe has very little to do with purely Canadian ingredients but I’ll defend it as part of our historical culinary tradition. Get yourself the best chocolate you can find.  I was lucky enough to be given 1 kg of Cacao Barry’s single estate chocolate pieces as a thank...

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 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...

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...