Flax Energy Bars

Beginning with the most basic ingredients, these flax energy bars are simplest granola bars you’ll ever make. They are an amazing source of fibre.   2/3 cup (150 mL) lightly packed brown sugar 1/3 cup(75 mL)  unsalted butter 1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla 1¼ cup (300 mL) quick...

Flax-laced Peanut Butter Cookies

Chock full of good ingredients, these are among the best PB cookies you’ll ever make! 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) natural peanut butter 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter 3/4 cup (175 mL) lightly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp (15 mL) vanilla 1 cup (250 mL) oat flour 1/2...

Spring Rhubarb Pie

It was called ‘Pie Plant’ because it makes such incredibly good pies and every early farm home in Canada had at least one good patch. Kids used the huge leaves as hats while dipping the sour stalks in small bowls of sugar. We made it into crisps and cobblers, stews and chutneys. Now...

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...

Great-Grandma’s Sour Cream Apple Pie

As many realize, a recipe can be a chronicle of a way of life. My now 98 year-old mother wrote: “We always called this ‘Dutch-apple pie.’  It was quite a favourite in my growing-up years.  I recall vividly my grandmother making it.  She was from Prussia.  The sour cream came, of course, from the...

Marie Nightingale’s Ginger Snaps

Few food writers were as loved and respected as Marie Nightingale.  She was a story teller but her tales were all couched in the food life and the culinary history of Nova Scotia.  Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens is a classic and worth searching out, if for nothing else, to hear her food voice....

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...

Chewy Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Everyone should have a good oatmeal cookie recipe in their repetoire. This basic recipe takes well to fresh blueberries, but can be made with any other additions you like – try raisins, chopped dried apricots or chocolate chips. The combination of canola oil-based margarine and canola oil allows...

Saskatoon Berry Pie

3 to 4 cups (750 mL to 1 L) saskatoons 1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice 2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar 1/4 cup (60 mL) tapioca or flour Canola Oil Pie Crust 1 1/2 cups  (375 mL) flour 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) granulated sugar 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt 2 Tbsp (30 mL) cold 1% milk 1/2 cup (125 mL) canola oil...

Prairie Spice Cake

1/2 cup (125 mL) rolled oats   1 1/2 cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour or multigrain flour  1/4 cup (60 mL) barley flour  1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt  1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon  1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda   1/4 cup (60 mL) flax   2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder  1/4 cup (60 mL) ground flax  1/2 cup (125...