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Canadian Dessert Recipes

Granny’s Butter Tarts

This iconic Canadian pastry is filled with butter, sugar, syrup, egg and raisins, then baked until the filling has gelled. Dating back to pioneer days, the genuinely beloved butter tart may be considered the quintessential Canadian treat.  Its origins can be traced back to Central Ontario with the first published recipe appearing in 1900 in…

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Canadian Dessert Recipes

Niagara Peach Crisp

Fresh peaches baked with a splash of rum topped with a buttery oatmeal crumble and roasted pecans gives this seasonal dessert its intense flavour. If you are lucky enough to be in the Niagara region in mid-summer, make sure to take the scenic drive along the Niagara Parkway between the falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.  You’ll pass…

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American Dessert Recipes

Chocolate Lovers Pudding

Mouth-watering and delicious – if you love chocolate, you’ll get your fix with this easy stovetop dessert pudding made with cocoa and other common baking ingredients. It’s a shame how years of marketing have programmed us to abandon traditions of cooking even the simplest foods from scratch.  Marketing pitches for time saving products have actually…

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Canadian Dessert Recipes

Pouding Chomeur (Poor Man’s Pudding)

This old-time recipe is a simple cake baked in a hot maple caramel sauce. This recipe has been in the family since the 1930s. As butter and sugar were often scarce and relatively expensive in an era of rationing and frugality, desserts were a luxury that many of modest means could not afford.  Originating in…

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Canadian Dessert Recipes

Old Fashioned Raisin Pie

In the days before refrigeration and air cargo shipments of fresh produce from all corners of the globe, fruit was almost considered a luxury item in winter.  Times were tough during the war years, people lived on much less and were forced to ration. I can remember my dad telling me that one of their…

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American Dessert Recipes

Banana Nut Bread

Having too many ripe bananas around our place poses more of an opportunity than a problem. With this easy recipe, you’ll watch those bananas disappear in no time. While most cooks add walnuts, I prefer the more delicate flavor and crunch of almonds.

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American Dessert Recipes

Peanut Butter & Cashew Cookies

The perfect treat for peanut butter lovers in a nutty, chewy healthier over-sized cookie.

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American Dessert Recipes

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

If you have about 1½ cups of ripe fresh pineapple to spare, and are in the mood for baking, then you and your family are sure to enjoy this twist on traditional upside-down cake. I prefer to make it in a skillet the old-fashioned way since it’s easier to melt the butter, cooks a little…

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Breakfast Dessert Recipes South American

Dulce de Leche

Popular for generations across the Spanish speaking cultures is the quintessential South American treat called Dulce de Leche. Translated roughly as “milk candy” it is much like a caramel sauce. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this sweet delight is spread over raisin bread toast. There are a number of ways to make it,…

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American Dessert Recipes

Apple Cobbler with Almond Topping

This recipe is nice and fruity with just the right amount of pastry. Use your favorite baking apples, but I use the gala variety since they are what I usually prefer as a raw, eating apple. I like to top it with almonds but you could try pecans or walnuts too.