Grands-pères au sirop d’érable or grandfathers in maple syrup

Grandfathers in maple syrup (grands-père au sirop d’érable) are soft dumplings served in warm maple syrup. The origin of the name is uncertain, but many appealing theories abound.

Maybe they were invented in the French-Canadian logging camps of yesteryear. Served warm, these moist, sweet dumplings would have been welcome comfort food after a hard day’s work.

Or maybe they got the name because they’re soft enough to be eaten by toothless grandfathers. Or maybe the name is because these soft, wrinkled dumplings resemble a grandpa’s wrinkly face.

Whatever the name, this super sweet dessert is fast and easy to make.

grands peres

  • 2 cups white flour (350 grams)
  • ¼ cup sugar 50 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (8 grams)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (2 grams)
  • ¼ cup butter (60 grams)
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can (500 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 cup water


Put maple syrup and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil.

In the meantime, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix the butter into the flour mixture using a fork or pastry cutter, then stir in milk and vanilla and mix until a dough is formed.

When syrup comes to a boil, use a spoon to drop large clumps of dough into syrup. Cover pot; simmer until dumplings are cooked through, 10–15 minutes.

Spoon dumplings and sauce into bowls and serve.


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