Evelyn Chartres Author

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.

Cipaille

Sea Pie

featured_cipaille_webI saw an article about Quebe’c Secret Meat Pie. Cipaille is a recipe which hails from my mother’s side of the family.  After a bit of research and I was able to adjust my mother’s recipe to be more historically accurate.  Now this recipe features six layers and uses quatre épices which is popular in French Canadian cooking.

This recipe is said to have origins from within the British Navy. It features a deep-dish pie which features three meats and potatoes.  The cloves give it a distinctive flavour which really makes this unique among my recipes.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2½ cups (590 ml) of sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk

Cipaille

  • ½ pound (225 g) of porc
  • ½ pound (225 g) of beef
  • ½ pound (225 g) of chicken
  • 4 ounces (115 g) of onions
  • 3 cloves (9-15 g) of garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • 1½ pounds (700 g) of potatoes
  • 30 fluid ounces (900 ml) of chicken broth

Preparation

  1. Cut pork, beef and chicken into small ½ inch (125 mm) cubes.
  2. Mince onions and garlic.
  3. In a small bowl add pork, beef, chicken, onions are garlic. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and salt then knead until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Cover bowl then place in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  6. Cut potatoes into cubes then set aside.
  7. Except for ½ cup (120 ml) of flour, place ingredients for the crust into a medium-sized bowl.  Knead and add remaining flour until your dough is no longer sticky.
  8. In a 4 quart (3.7 l) pot, layer half of the meat mix, layer half of the potatoes and cover with half the dough.
  9. Repeat with the remaining half of meat, potatoes and dough.  Make a hole in the middle of the dough down to the bottom of the pot.  This will allow you to monitor fluid levels.
  10. Pour chicken broth into the hole until level with upper crust.
  11. Place in oven for 5 to 6 hours.  Check levels from time to time, adding remaining broth until ready.
  12. Remove from oven and meal is ready-to-serve.

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!

Fondue Bourguignonne

featured_fondue_bourguignonne_webA fondue bourguignonne is oil-based  and the oil is often infused flavour using ingredients such as bay leaves, garlic and rosemary.  Guests will then dip in bite-sized cubed beef into the pot to cook the meal.

Given the popularity of deep-fried pepperoni here at local pubs, I have taken to serving up sliced pepperettes in addition to beef and shrimp.  This addition adds some spice to the dish and is delicious with the honey-mustard dip.

While this recipe recommends grapeseed oil,  my fondue pot manual recommends the use of peanut oil instead.

Ingredients

Fondue Bourguignonne

  • 25 fluid ounces  (750 ml) grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of coarsely crushed peppercorn
  • 3 cloves (20-30 g) of garlic
  • 1/4 pound (125 g) of cubed eye-round cut of beef (per person)
  • 1 ounce (30 g) of sliced pepperoni sticks
  • 2 ounces (60 g) of thawed shrimp (optional)

Sauce au Cognac

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Cognac
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ketchup
  • 1 clove (5 – 10 g) of garlic

Sauce a L’Ail

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 5 cloves (15 to 20 g) of garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.75 ml) of Italian seasoning

Sauce Dijon au Miel

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of honey
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of Worcestershire sauce or Balsamic vinegar

Sauce au Peanut

  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of Dijon mustard
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of honey
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of hot sauce
  • 2 cloves (10-15 g) of garlic minced

Preparation

Fondue Bourguignonne

  1. Pour oil into a pot then place on medium-low heat.
  2. Add thyme, rosemary, oregano, sea salt, peppercorn and garlic to the pot.
  3. Heat oil and allow aromatic ingredients to permeate into the oil. Remove when the garlic is a light brown.
  4. Pour oil through a strainer into the fondue pot.
  5. Guests cook the meat in oil at their leisure.

Sauce au Cognac

  1. Mix mayonnaise and ketchup together until sauce takes on a pinkish hue.
  2. Press one clove of garlic then stir into the sauce.
  3. Pour in Cognac and stir until you have a consistent finish.  Ready to serve.

Sauce a L’Ail

  1. In a pan sauté the pressed garlic.
  2. Mix garlic, mayonnaise and Italian seasoning together.  Ready to serve.

Sauce Dijon au Miel

  1. Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and honey in a bowl.
  2. Pour in Worcestershire or Balsamic vinegar for taste, then stir contents. Ready to serve.

Sauce au Peanut

  1. Combine above ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.