Evelyn Chartres Author

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.

Confitures a l’Oignon

Sweet Red Onion Jam

Red-Onion-JamJams are usually made from pulp and juice of fruits or vegetable. Good jam has a soft even consistency without distinct pieces, a bright colour, a good flavour and a semi-jellied texture that is easy to spread but has no free liquid.  This makes an excellent hors d’oeuvre when served with strong cheese and crackers or on a toasted bagel.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz (700-720 g*) of minced red onions (approximately 3 large)
  • 3½ oz (100-105 g*) of butter
  • 5 oz (150 g) of sugar
  • ½ cup (100-120 ml*) of red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons (40-45 ml*) of blackcurrant liqueur**
  • 1 cup (200-235 ml*) of red wine
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of pepper

Preparation

  1. Set stove to low to melt butter in a deep pan.
  2. Place onions in pan and allow onions to sweat.
  3. Add salt, pepper and sugar to the pan then stir until you have a consistent mixture.
  4. Moisten with red wine vinegar and blackcurrant liqueur.
  5. Add in red wine.
  6. Cook slowly while stirring to reduce liquid to the desired consistency.***
  7. Let cool then place contents in the fridge until ready to serve.

*Original measurements were made in metric.  Ranges for ingredients indicate the original measurement followed by one which best translates to imperial.
** Also known as Creme de Cassis, if unavailable use Port Wine as a substitute.
*** This step takes several hours to achieve.

French Canadian Sugar Cream Pie

Sugar cream pieSugar cream pie is a single-crust pie filled with a homogeneous mixture similar to caramel.  Other names that are common to this desert are Sugar Cream Pie and Butter Tarts.  This dessert is delicious when served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 1½  cups (350 ml) of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (230 ml) of milk
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 x 8 inch (20 cm) pie crusts

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. In a pot mix brown sugar, flour, milk and butter.
  3. Heat on medium until mixture begins to boil then reduce heat.  Cook for an additional five minutes while stirring.
  4. Once time has elapsed, remove and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Lightly whip the egg then mix with the cooled brown sugar mixture.
  6. Divide then pour mixture into pie crusts.
  7. Place in the oven for 15 to 25 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and mixture is bubbling.

Tourtière du Lac-Saint-Jean

The tourtières hailing from the Lac-Saint-Jean region in Québec are slow-cooked deep-dish meat pies made with potatoes and various meats cut into small cubes or diced.  Some families will serve it as-is or topped with a hunter sauce gravy or ketchup.

Ingredients

Crust*

  • 3 cups (705 ml) all-purpose flour
  • ½ pounds (225 g) of vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • Water as needed

Meat Pie

  • ½ pounds (225 g) pork minced**
  • ½ pounds (225 g) beef minced**
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 lbs (1.3 kg) potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the meat, onion, garlic, and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In second large bowl, combine flour, shortening, baking powder, and salt.  Hand knead the mixture until malleable, it should not break apart or be too sticky to handle.
  3. Sprinkle a light layer of flour on a flat surface then drop ball in the middle. Use a rolling pin to flatten crust to a consistent thickness.
  4. Use a pot large enough to accommodate meat and potatoes. Place on top of the crust then cut out an area larger than bottom by about 2 inches (5 cm).  Make cutout of crust and place in the bottom of the pot.  Place some of the meat and potatoes composition crust is nearly covered.
  5. Build up the walls with crust until the entire mixture of meat and potatoes transferred to the pot.  Use the remaining crust to cover the pie entirely then punch a thumb-sized hole through the centre of the pie.
  6. Through punched hole, fill the meat pie with water until just below crust. Place the pie in the fridge (covered) for 5 hours or until ready to place in the oven.
  7. Start the oven and set to 325°F (170°C). Place pie in oven for about 30 minutes, giving the crust time to dry out.
  8. Drop temperature to 275°F (135°C), cover with tin foil then let contents stew for approximately 12 hours.
  9. Periodically check the pie to maintain water level. At about the 6-hour mark, refill for the last time to let the pie dry out a bit prior to serving.  You can adjust this step as necessary based on how often you need to replenish the water.
  10. Pull from the oven and scoop contents with a large serving spoon on plates.

*     Pre-made pie crusts may be used instead of making the crust from scratch.
**     Meat may be processed through a large-bore grinder to save time.