Easy Homemade Bread

OK, this is not really a traditional French Canadian bread, which I always think of as round boules with a gorgeous crunchy top. A recipe for these can be found HERE.   But with all the blueberry jam I’ve been making, I wanted a soft, pillowey loaf to sink my teeth into – hence this super simple…

Lac Saint Jean Blueberry Pie or tarte aux bleuets du lac-Saint-Jean

Blueberries are everywhere in Quebec this time of year, carpeting forests and fields with plump juicy berries from late July to mid-August. Celebrate la saison de récolte de bleuets with this classic Lac Saint Jean blueberry pie recipe Lac Saint Jean Blueberry Pie 10 cups fresh blueberries 1 cup granulated sugar or more, depending on the sweetness of…

Apple Crisp or Croustillant aux pommes

Apple Crisp is one of my favourite things to make. It’s fast and easy to prepare, it’s a warm and cozy on a cold winter’s night, and because it’s apples and rolled oats, somehow it’s OK to have a second helping… and a third. I’ve tried different variations of this recipe, thinking “If apple crisp…

Epic Apple Pie

We got in one last trip to our favourite apple orchard in last week – a sad day indeed, as it’s now closed for the season. Everything at Verger Henryville is ridiculously cheap, the farmers are rosy-cheeked and kind, and we always drive away eating warm, homemade donuts, spilling crumbs and sugar all over the car….

Farmhouse Zucchini Bread

A simple and classic recipe for farmhouse zucchini bread. Farmhouse Zucchini Bread 3 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1 ½ cups granulated sugar (320 grams) 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups flour (500 grams) 2 cups grated zucchini, packed and not…

Maple Syrup Pie with Apple Cider Vinegar

Spring is around the corner. It might not seem like it with snow piled to the rooftops, but the days are getting longer, the sun is getting hotter and the maple sap is stirring deep in the forest. Before you know it, you’ll be trouping out the the country with  family and friends to go…

Easy Artisan Sandwich Bread

Back in the 1700s in Quebec, people’s diet’s consisted of up to 85% bread, an inconceivable idea in today’s world when so many people are on gluten-free diets. I am not one of these people, however. I love bread. Plus, I need bread for my kid’s lunches next week and have no desire to venture to…

Crusty No Knead Bread

In honour of the hard-working settlers in New France, here is my favourite bread recipe. It’s based on a bread by Jim Lahey, owner of Sullivan Street Bakery in New York.

This bread is amazing. Anyone can make it. It requires no skill, no kneading, and no special ingredients. It also takes very little effort — just time, about 15-20 hours to be exact. But most of that time is just waiting for the long, slow fermentation of the dough to take place, which results in the most perfect loaf.

Pets de Soeur or Nun’s Farts

Literally translated, Pets-de-Soeur mean’s “Nun’s Farts.” I mean, wow. Best name for a recipe ever. It’s also a great way to use up loose bits of dough after making tourtière, galette des rois, etc. Ingredients Leftover pie dough, puff pastry dough, etc. Soft butter Brown sugar Cinnamon Directions Roll dough into a  rectangle about 1/4 inch thick….

Galette des Rois or King’s Cake

You’ll see lots of French Canadians rushing home with cake boxes under their arms today, It’s January 6, a day that many Quebecers eat galette des rois. January 6 is the Epiphany on the Catholic calendar, the day that the three wise men arrived in Bethlehem to see Jesus Christ, the newborn king. When you serve…