Evelyn Chartres Author
Flour

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!

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.

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.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata is said to be nothing more than chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned then served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers and stock.

While this recipe fits the definition, the sauce and chicken preparation have been separated. I found that making the sauce after you cook the chicken has varied results.

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup (80 g) of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of lemon pepper
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of butter
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of garlic
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon (5 ml) of capers

Preparation

  1. In a bag or container, mix flour less 1 tablespoon (15 ml), salt, pepper and lemon pepper.
  2. Cut chicken breasts in half, place one piece at a time into bag, shake to cover.
  3. In an oiled medium pan on medium heat.  Cook chicken on all sides until meat is no longer pink in the center.  Set aside, keep warm using tin foil.
  4. Scrape up some brown bits from the pan and set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan, add oil and butter. Melt butter on medium heat.
  6. Add garlic and sauté for a minute.
  7. Add flour and stir until you have a consistent mix.
  8. Add chicken broth, brown bits, lemon juice and Italian seasoning. Continue heating and stir until sauce thickens.
  9. Add in capers and wait until they are heated through.
  10. Serve chicken covered with sauce.  Makes four portions.