Evelyn Chartres Author
Desserts – Page 2

Coffee Cake with a Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

featured_coffee_cake_with_sauce_webI have fond memories of visiting my grandmother and coming face to face with this cake. This recipe combines a delicious coffee cake with a creamy nutmeg sauce that really sells it!Interestingly enough, this recipe required a fair amount of deciphering.  For example, the original recipe called for 2 eggs of grease for the cake.

The sauce needs a consistent temperature to thicken reliably. If you can get an even flame then this will be no problem. However, for electric ranges I recommend using a cast iron or steel saucepan to compensate for the on-and-off cycle of the heating element.

Ingredients

Coffee Cake

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) of shortening
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of brewed coffee

Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) of sugar
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.625 ml) of nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of corn starch
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water

Preparation

Coffee Cake

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large bowl mix ingredients until you have a smooth and consistent finish.
  3. Pour contents into a greased 9 inch (22 cm) pie tin.
  4. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes until ready.
  5. Let cool, remove from pie tin and serve with sauce.

Creamy Nutmeg Sauce

  1. Pour sugar, milk and nutmeg into a small saucepan then medium on medium.
  2. In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch.  Stir until you have a smooth finish.
  3. When sauce begins to boil, lower temperature to medium-low or low to maintain a light boil.
  4. Add ¼ cup (60 ml) of the cornstarch and water mix then whisk contents vigorously until sauce thickens.  Add more cornstarch and water if necessary.
  5. When sauce is thick, pour over a slice of coffee cake and serve!

Tire Saint-Catherine à L’Erable

Tire Saint-Catherine à L’Erable

Featured_Saint_Catherines_TaffyA French-Canadian tradition that began when Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys made these sweet candies each year on Saint Catherine’s Day (November 25th) to attract young students to school. Later on, marriage-age girls would make taffy for eligible boys on that day. This taffy is made from molasses, maple syrup and sugar and can be a great deal of fun if children are involved.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of molasses
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of maple syrup
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of white sugar
  • ½ cup of (120 ml) of water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of cream

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the baking soda into a large pot (approximately 3 liters).
  2. On high-heat bring the mixture to a boil.  Attach a candy-thermometer to the side of the pot and boil until liquid temperature reaches 255°F (125°C).
  3. Remove from heat then add baking soda.  Mixture will expand while changing to a lighter tone of brown.  Mix vigorously then pour into a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Allow mixture cool for a few minutes.  On occasion fold the poured mixture onto itself using greased utensils.
  5. When safe to handle, butter hands then grab a fistful.  Roll into a cylinder, stretch, fold onto itself, twist and repeat as necessary. If taffy becomes too hard to handle, toss in the microwave and reheat to soften.
  6. Taffy will lighten in shade (golden brown)  with the above process.  When ready form to appropriate size then cut into smaller pieces using a knife or scissors.
  7. Individually wrap in waxed paper so they do not stick to one another.  This recipe makes between 100 and 150 pieces depending on size and consistency.

Maple Syrup Cake

featured_maple_syrup_cakeMaple syrup is an institution in Québec and throughout the years it became a symbol of all things Canadian.  This cake is made from maple syrup, creating a moist and spongy cake that can be served by itself, with whipped cream or an optional glaze.

Ingredients

Maple Syrup Cake Mix

  • 1 and ⅔ cups (395 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of melted butter
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of vanilla
  • 2 ½ teaspoons (25 ml) of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of (1.25 ml) of baking soda
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of water
  • 2 large eggs

Maple Syrup Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of butter
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of maple syrup
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of confectioners or icing sugar

Preparation

Maple Syrup Cake

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix then set aside.
  3. Mix melted butter, brown sugar and eggs together.
  4. Add maple syrup, water and vanilla then stir contents.
  5. Incorporate dry ingredients from step 2 then mix until you have a creamy finish.
  6. Place in a greased 8 inch (20 cm) cake pan.  Place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Maple Syrup Glaze

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan then whisk in maple syrup.
  2. Gradually whisk in sugar until sugar is melted.
  3. Remove from heat and pour over the cake.  Allow to harden before serving.

Galettes au Frigidaire

Refrigerator Biscuits

Biscuit_au_FrigoRefrigerator biscuits are made from a stiff dough that is refrigerated to become stiffer.  The dough is typically shaped into logs which are sliced into rounds before baking.

This treat is easy to make and can be prepared the night before.  Bake fresh when needed and can be easily doubled without re-adjusting ingredients.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (180 ml) of butter
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of shortening
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of sugar
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2½ cups (650 ml) of sifted flour
  • Parchment or wax paper

Preparation

  1. In a bowl mix melted butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar and egg.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt then mix.
  3. Add in vanilla then mix.
  4. Pull out a sheet of wax paper about the length of your ranges width.  Lay down the dough onto the paper, stretching it out then roll it into a log.
  5. Put the log in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  7. Pull dough from refrigerator, cut up into ¼” (5 mm) slices then place on a oiled baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Let cool and ready to eat!

Pouding Chômeur

Pogey Pudding

Pogey-PuddingPouding Chômeur is said to be a French Canadian dessert introduced during the Great Depression.  This dish is easy to make, requires few ingredients, and suits those with a sweet tooth and is excellent when served with a portion of vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

Syrup

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of brown sugar
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of butter

Pudding

  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of brown sugar
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of milk
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking powder

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a pot mix water, brown sugar, and butter then set heat to medium-high.  Stir on occasion until syrup comes to a boil.
  3. Concurrently, mix in a bowl the ingredients for the pudding until you have a smooth consistency.  If the pudding mix does not pour, add in a bit of milk.
  4. Once syrup boils, pour contents of the bowl in slowly. Pudding should float over the syrup base, so spread out to even out the pudding.
  5. Heat for 15 to 20 minutes in oven until the pudding is well cooked.  Poke the pudding with a toothpick to check if ready; when toothpick comes out out clean,  pudding is cooked.