Summer Strawberry Pavlova

A Strawberry Pavlova is one of summer’s great desserts! Crisp and snowy on the outside and marshmallow-like on the inside, the topping is lightly sweetened whipped cream and fresh local strawberries. Because the berries are left whole and unsweetened, the flavours are the purest you’ll ever taste,...

Maple Pouding Chomeur

Maple sugar-making was an important social activity for the indigenous peoples. Families and small groups gathered in temporary camps in early March, staying for about a month in order to make their yearly supply. Diagonal cuts were made in the base of the sugar maple trees (Acer saccharum) with...

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...

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...

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...

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...