Evelyn Chartres Author
Desserts

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 and beat until light and frothy. Add first bowl and mix until you have a consistent finish then repeat with the contents of 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.

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.

Sucre à la Crème

Sugar Fudge

Sugar fudge is a sugary dessert which can be tricky to master. Recipes online offer various methods, including the use of thermometers or precise timings.

This recipe covers the method my mother uses to make this dish a reality.  She occasionally checks to see if the fudge is ready before she pours it onto the plate.  This is likely the traditional way of making this recipe come to life!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (235 ml) of whipping cream
  • 1½ cups of (355 ml) of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter

Preparation

  1. Grease a dinner plate.
  2. Add cream, sugar and butter into a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir constantly until mixture begins to boil over.
  4. Reduce heat as necessary to maintain boiling level without it boiling over.  Over time, the mixture will begin to thicken and reduce in size.  Keep stirring from time to time.
  5. To confirm that fudge is ready, dab a bit on a plate while saucepan is removed from heat.  Use a spoon and stir vigorously, if ready fudge will thicken and then harden.  If this does not occur, return saucepan to heating element continue reducing mixture.
  6. When mixture is ready, remove from heat and stir frequently with a spoon until it starts to harden.  When nearly ready, pour onto the plate and allow to cool.
  7. Refrigerate for about an hour, then cut it into bite sized pieces.

Crème Brûlée

Crème brûlée is not a dish that I grew up with, nor was it readily available in English Canada. Though over the years Tim Hortons and Starbucks have offered themed drinks and goodies based on this dessert.

This dish features a chilled creamy base with a caramelized top. While easy to make, it requires timing since you have to refrigerate the dish prior to serving. It also gives you a reason to go out and get a culinary torch!

Ingredients

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3½ ounces (100 g) of sugar
  • 17 fluid ounces (500 ml) of whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) of brown sugar

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 215°F (100°C).
  2. In a bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar until mixture whitens and is frothy.
  3. Add vanilla extract and cream to the bowl while whisking contents vigorously.
  4. Pour the cream into 4 stoneware cups. Bake in oven for about an hour.
  5. Let stoneware cool to room temperature then place in the fridge. Leave for 2 hours or however long it takes for contents to gel.
  6. When ready to serve, pull from fridge, cover with approximately 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of brown sugar then caramelize top using a butane torch.

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!