This culinary tour of Quebec was inspired by a drive on the beautiful Monteregie cider route, south of Montreal. La Route des Cidres, which is dotted with orchards, cider houses, picturesque inns, and quaint sugar shacks, stirs thoughts of aromatic apple dishes and sugary maple treats.
These caramelized apples are meant to be slightly sweet, not overpowering and sugary, so they’re versatile in nature. Spicy-tart and thoroughly warming, these apples are a fabulous addition to crepes or homemade ice cream.
Learn how to make a Canadian sugar pie, one of Quebec’s most famous desserts. Traditionally made with pure maple sugar, this dessert can be made with light brown sugar. It won’t have an intense maple flavor, but still tastes wonderful garnished with whipped cream and ice cream.
This country cheese and apple tart recipe from Burgundy is made with Epoisses cheese and pate brisee. Epoisses is made by monks at the abbey of Citeaux and was reportedly adored by Napoleon. This tart is an incredibly easy and nutritious dinner to make when you’re in a rush.
Sweet and earthy, this apple, beet, and pear salad recipe combines the best of the autumn harvest. Irresistibly refreshing apples and pears are perfectly enhanced by a slightly sweet apple champagne vinaigrette speckled with shredded apple and topped with salty blue cheese crumbles.
Nothing tastes better than homemade whipped cream. For unique flavor, try this maple cinnamon whipped cream recipe as a perfect topper for holiday pies, beignets, and pastries. For a special treat, use it on coffee or brioche for a sweet, flavorful breakfast.
This mulled apple cider recipe is a great for chilly days, or just when you’re craving a soothing, hot beverage.
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This spiced apple cider sorbet recipe is icy-cold and full of warmth, all at once. Perfect for an after-dinner sweet on a chilly evening, this cider sorbet is incredibly easy to make. Use store-bought apple cider and spiced apple butter for ease year-round, but be sure to spring for the farm-stand ingredients when they are in season!
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Savory, a little sweet, and very filling, this pork medallions with caramelized onions and apples recipe is diet-friendly and delicious. This easy to make pork with apples and onions dish isn't enlivened with fat and heavy cream, but with liberal doses of healthy seasonings and fiber-rich onions and apples.
These maple cream truffles are inspired by Canada’s abundance of fresh maple syrup every spring. Although these confections contain no traditional chocolate ganache, they are certainly rich enough to garner the title of truffle. Enjoy them alone with a café crème, or serve them after a French Canadian-themed dinner.
Adding a touch of lemon zest and spice really perks up this classically delicious apple tarte Tatin recipe. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or Chantilly cream to the dessert for a rich after-dinner treat.