Weather, hockey, bilingualism, hugeness… what was I saying already? Sorry, I lost my concentration. I was writing my Canadian-ism series and suddenly got hungry. And there I am, one hand on the keyboard, the other one holding a small maple syrup candy. Sweet as hell, I’m high on sugar. Alright, let me see…
Yes, Canadian treats. Good. Sweet stuffs to help us survive harsh winter. Just have a look at that!
Canada’s trademark sweet is of course maple syrup and its many derivate products such as:
- Maple butter, a creamy spread
- Maple sugar, a simple sweet
- Maple toffee on snow, to be eaten outdoor
- Maple butter tart, nothing sweeter
- Maple ice wine, a dessert wine
- Maple vinaigrette, perfect for sweet salads
Among my favorite are also:
Beaver tails that are also a typical piece of Canadian-ism, although popular everywhere in North America : it’s a piece of fried dough, usually with some sweet spread on top (yes, maple syrup is of course a favorite!). Mostly eaten at festivals and during outdoor activities, it’s a winter favorite.
The famous butter tart is said to have evolved from pecan pie brought North by slaves from the US: the flaky pastry with a filling of butter, eggs and brown sugar is simply delicious… It’s probably the most characteristic Canadian pastry and one of our earliest known recipe.
Nanaimo bars are a West coast delicacy — yellow custard sandwiched between two outer layers of chocolate — are available throughout the country, all coffee shops serve it here, including Starbucks that popularized it abroad.
Montreal bagels, brought by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, are almost as famous as their NY counterparts, while a bit smaller, denser and sweeter thanks to the honey added and are baked in wood-fired oven.
See, North American isn’t just about fast food and deep fried stuffs!
Oh man… I’m hungry now!