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There are so many reasons to show our country a bit of love, but what better way to celebrate than with food? Ketchup chips and Coffee Crisps are quintessential Canadian snacks, while poutine and tourtiere definitely top the list of more substantial Canadian meals. But our favourite uniquely Canadian treats are on the sweet side — and of course feature our favourite ingredient – local, BC eggs!
This iconic tart shares characteristics with French-Canadian sugar pie and with American pecan pie but is its own unique dessert. While you can make your own decisions about the inclusion of raisins (some do, some don’t – it’s a bit like pineapple on pizza), home-made pastry takes these sugary sweet tarts to the next level. Luckily, we’ve included a family recipe for pastry as well so you’re all set to get baking this Canadian treat!
Originating in (you guessed it!) Nanaimo, BC these tasty bars take a bit of work to prepare but are absolutely worth the effort! While there are many variations the basic format is always the same: a chocolaty base with coconut, nuts and some sort of brownie/cookie/crumb factor, topped with a middle layer of custardy “icing” which is then topped with a layer of buttery chocolate. Our version has been handed down through three generations and definitely stands the test of time!
A Clafoutis is a traditional French dessert and while Canada’s French heritage would be reason enough to include this dessert in our tasty trio really it’s the Saskatoon berries that are the star here. While Saskatoons are found south of the border they are native to BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and of course Saskatchewan. If you can’t get Saskatoons you can substitute BC Blueberries, but we recommend giving these sweet, dark Canadian berries a try.