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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Winter Pear Clafouti

Canada’s great pear crop lasts, with proper storage, till mid-winter.  For this dish we like the rough-skinned Bosc. It’s a simple, egg-rich dessert so easy that even youthful bakers can whip it up. 2 tsps (10 m L) unsalted butter 1/3 cup (75 mL) + 1 tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar 3...

Raspberry Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Canola oil is perfect for baking with its light texture, neutral flavor and high heat tolerance. Add fresh raspberries and cream cheese frosting to classic vanilla cupcakes for yummy results. Cupcakes: 2 cups (500 mL) granulated sugar  4 eggs 1 cup (250 mL) milk  3/4 cup (175 mL) canola oil  1 tsp...