Evelyn Chartres Author
Desserts

Baked Camembert

A quick and easy treat that is sure to please. This recipe features Camembert, garlic, and a onion jam (or similar) to create a ready-made cheese fondue.

This dish can be enjoyed with toasted baguettes, Grissols (Melba toast), bread sticks, and/or crackers. Guests can either scoop the cheese directly, or provide spoons for an easier serving.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (225 g) of Camembert
  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) of Herbes de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of onion jam

Instructions

  1. (Optional) Place the cheese in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes, it will make it easier to cut into the cheese later.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  3. Remove the cheese from it’s packaging. Peel away the top part of the rind, while cutting in towards the centre. When you are done, the top part of the rind should be completely removed with a an indentation in the middle.
  4. Using a paring knife, cut into the cheese in a grid pattern, be sure not the pierce the rind.
  5. Peel then finely mince the garlic cloves. Rub the cloves into the cheese while making sure some are embedded within the earlier cuts.
  6. Pour olive oil onto the cheese, then top with herbes.
  7. Place atop a sheet of tin foil, then bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and add the onion jam. Return to the oven, for another 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven. Serve with toasted baguettes, or ready-made Grissols (Melba toast) and enjoy!

Candied Nuts

A tasty way to prepare raw nuts and an excellent addition at parties or large gatherings where guests tend to graze as they mingle. For additional flavour, roast your favourite nuts before getting them candied.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ginger
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 cups (750 ml) of nuts

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix the melted butter, water, and vanilla extract then set aside.
  2. In another small bowl mix salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger then set aside.
  3. In an oiled medium saucepan, add egg white and beat until light and frothy. Add first bowl and mix until you have a consistent finish then repeat with contents from the second bowl. Stir until you until you end up with a thick syrup.
  4. At low to medium-low heat add the nuts and stir to get a consistent finish. Maintain over heat and stir every five minutes or so until the coating begins to stick to the nuts. This process may take between 30 to 60 minutes.
  5. Lay out the contents of the saucepan on a non-stick surface. Try to separate the nuts in such a way that they will not clump together. Allow to cool.
  6. Package once the nuts have dried.

Fondue au Fromage

A cheese fondue is one of the better known variants. White wine and cheese slowly melted into a thick dipping sauce. I prefer to use a french baguette to dip, since the hard crust will give you a surface for the forks to bite into.

Be careful not let the cheese come to a boil, that will cause the fondue to curdle. If your cheese fondue is too thick add some wine. Alternatively add more cheese or cornstarch to thicken the fondue.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups (355 ml) of dry white wine
  • ¾ pound (350 ml) of shredded old cheddar cheese
  • ¼ pound (115 ml) of shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ pound (115 ml) of shredded havarti
  • 2 cloves (10-15 g) of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cornstarch
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of cognac (optional)
  • 1 French bread baguette

Instructions

  1. Cut baguette into ¼ inch (0.6 cm) slices and set aside.
  2. In a heavy pot add wine, cheese and garlic. Mix and melt contents under low to medium-low heat, careful to never bring cheese to a boil.
  3. Stir occasionally, until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Add nutmeg, pepper and cognac, continue to stir. Add cornstarch as necessary to thicken the sauce.
  5. When ready transfer to the fondue pot, maintain heat and serve.

Grands-Pères à L’Érable

A French-Canadian dessert which is a cake-based dessert cooked in a maple syrup sauce. This dish is popular during the maple syrup harvest and is readily available at any Sugar Shack. Quick and easy to make this dish brings the sweet and distinct flavour of maple to one’s palate. Delicious!

Ingredients

Syrup

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of water
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of maple syrup

Batter

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of milk
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of melted shortening

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the batter until you have a consistent finish. Batter should be able to slide from a spoon, so you may need to add some milk.
  2. In a pot pour water and maple syrup. Bring to a boil.
  3. Drop batter by the spoonful into the sauce. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, ready-to-serve.

Sucre à la Crème Moelleux

Soft Sugar Fudge

A soft sugary fudge which is also an easy to make desert. Prepare in less than fifteen minutes, let cool and ready to serve. Goes well with a glass of milk!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (300 ml) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of brown sugar
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of melted butter
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of icing sugar

Preparation

  1. In a saucepan mix milk, brown sugar and butter.
  2. On medium-high heat, bring to a boil and maintain at a low boil for five minutes.
  3. Add in icing sugar. Using a hand mixer, stir for five minutes.
  4. Pour fudge onto a greased plate. Let cool for an hour.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour, or until plate and contents firm up.