Summer Strawberry Pavlova
Jun01

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, layered with cream and soft meringue. When it is inverted and the parchment is removed, the Pavlova will fall a bit and it becomes a cinch...

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Maple Pouding Chomeur
Feb12

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 an axe and the sap that flowed out was gathered in shallow containers.   Originally the syrup was boiled by plunging hot stones into the sap...

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The Ultimate Chocolate Brownies
Dec09

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 you gift for participating as a judge in Gold Medal Plates.  However, I have made them with good bittersweet chocolate bars that seem always...

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Apple & Cider Cobbler
Nov17

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 because of the advances in our cold storage systems. Serve with a dollop of cream or vanilla ice cream.  You can even drizzle it with a bit of...

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Bacon Fat Caramels
Jul17

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 1/2 cups white sugar 1/4 cup maple syrup 3 tbsp water 3 strips of smoked bacon, chopped into a fine crumble sea salt, to garnish and season...

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