Evelyn Chartres Author
Recipes

Gâteau Éponge

This cake recipe is my mother’s favourite, and has been passed down for generations. A recipe for a white cake that is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Can be baked using a bundt pan (as shown) or using two cake pans. Quick and easy to make,  and is sure to please.

Yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of sugar
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a small saucepan bring milk to a boil. Set aside.
  3. Butter or grease a 9 inch (22 cm) bundt pan. As an additional precaution, dust the pan with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of flour, tapping the powder around all surfaces. Discard any remaining flour.
  4. In a large bowl add sugar, flour and baking powder. Mix for consistency, then make a well in the middle.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla extract and milk to the dry mix. Use a mixer to get a consistent finish.
  6. Pour into the pan, and place in the oven for 25 to 35 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure the inside is cooked. If you use two 9 inch (22 cm) pans, cooking time is roughly 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, and let cool on a rack. Ready to serve when cool!

Sweet Red Pepper Jelly

Sweet red pepper jelly is a recipe that combines a sweet jelly with a hint of heat, to enhance the flavour. Goes well with a cheese, such as with a baked Camembert, or a bagel topped with cream cheese and jelly. Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 6 cloves (15-30 g) of roasted garlic
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of apple cider vinegar (divided)
  • 3 cups (710 ml) of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of crushed chile flakes
  • 3 fluid ounce (85 ml) pouch of liquid pectin

Preparation

  1. Using a blender or food processor, purée peppers, garlic, and ½ cup (120 ml) of vinegar until smooth.
  2. Open pouch of pectin and keep within arms reach of the stove.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients except for the pectin. Bring to a boil on high heat, stir frequently using a whisk.
  4. At high heat, let boil for 10 minutes while stirring constantly. At this stage, foam will expand considerably, be careful not to have it overflow.
  5. Pour in pectin, continue to stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and skim off any remaining foam.
  6. Pour into containers, and allow to cool. Refrigerate once cool.

Peppercorn and Dijon Steak Sauce

A steak sauce that is easy to make, and keeps well when refrigerated. This recipe provides a burst of flavour with your meal that is sure to please. Remember to add peppercorns for an extra kick!

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of finely minced onions
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of red wine
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of  Italian seasoning
  • Peppercorn to taste

Preparation

  1. Sautée garlic and onions over medium heat, until onions are transparent. For more flavour, allow onions to brown.
  2. In a soup bowl, mix garlic, onions, mayonnaise, mustard, red wine, and Italian seasoning. Stir until you have a consistent finish.
  3. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. Serve on top of steak. Add peppercorn to taste for an extra kick!

Kladdkaka

Kladdkaka is a Swedish cake that is more commonly known as chocolate mud cake. This cake does not use baking powder, and reminds me brownies! It is often served with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.

Although, I discovered that this cake is also delicious with the creamy nutmeg sauce that I make with my coffee cake recipe.

Yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of butter
  • 1½ cups (355 ml) of sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.125 ml) of salt
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. Butter or grease a 9 inch (22 cm) cake pan. As an additional precaution, dust the pan with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of cocoa, tapping the powder around all surfaces and discarding any remaining cocoa.
  3. Over medium heat, melt butter in a saucepan. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl add sugar, salt, flour and cocoa powder. Mix for consistency, then make a well in the middle.
  5. Add butter, eggs and vanilla extract to the dry mix. Use a mixer to get a consistent finish.
  6. Pour into the pan, and place in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. This cake should be firm on the outer edges and gooey in the middle. After the 20 minute mark, periodically shake the tin. When the centre jiggles less than gelatin but is not completely firm, the cake is ready.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for an hour. The cake will contract, making it easier to remove. Divide and serve for smiles.
  9. Remaining cake should be covered with cellophane wrap and refrigerated.

French Onion Soup

French onion soup is known for its ooey-gooey goodness. With its simple ingredients and straightforward recipe, this dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser! This recipe makes enough soup for six bowls and it keeps well, so it works as a leftover.

Ingredients

Soup

  • 2½ pounds of (1130 g) of sweet onions
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of butter
  • 4 cloves (10-20 g) of pressed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of thyme or 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon (30 ml) of flour
  • 1 quart (900 ml) of beef broth
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of brown sugar

Bread Layer

  • 1 baguette of French bread
  • Garlic butter

Cheese Mix (Per serving)

  • ¾ ounce (20 g) of shredded swiss cheese
  • ¾ ounce (20 g) of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/16 ounce (5 mg) of shredded parmesan cheese

Preparation

Soup

  1. Cut the onions in half lengthwise, then slice. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and garlic. Let the onions sweat, until they are translucent and soft.
  4. Add thyme (or bay leaves), then sprinkle softened onions with flour. Mix until you have an coat.
  5. Pour in beef broth, wine, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. Stir occasionally, bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Simmer for about an hour.
  7. Taste the soup. It is done when onions are very tender and the broth has a balance of sweet and savoury. Add more brown sugar or balsamic vinegar to balance if needed.

Bread Layer

  1. Cut ¼ inch (0.6 cm) slices of baguettes. Enough to cover surface of your French Onion soup bowls (varies on size).
  2. Spread with garlic butter.
  3. Broil in oven or use a toaster oven to toast the slices. Ready once you have a golden brown finish. Set aside.

Cheese Mix (Per serving)

  1. Mix swiss, mozzarella, parmesan cheese. Set aside.

To Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Oil bowls or coat with a non-stick spray. Fill bowls with soup. Leave about ¼ inch (0.6 cm) of space from the top.
  3. Layer in bread, try to avoid leaving gaps.
  4. Cover with cheese mix.
  5. Place in the oven on broil for 10 minutes. Ready when the cheese layer is bubbly with golden brown accents. If you are reheating the soup, bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, then serve on a plate.