Happy Canada Day!
Okay, it’s a bit early — but I’ve always kind of failed to see the reasoning behind posting a celebratory occasion recipe the day-of, simply because it doesn’t really give anyone time to actually make it, right?
Anyways, I love being Canadian.
I really dig where I live, despite the deary weather, high taxes, and reputation for overbearing politeness (we’re not all that polite to each other, really).
Can you believe that we’re among the top 10 most patriotic countries in the world? I guess a lot of us are flag-wavers after all!
I have this American friend who makes a hobby out of telling me all about how inferior Canada is all the time (it’s amazing to see how Canadian patriotism makes Americans bristle — oh, but guess who’s first on that list of most patriotic countries in the world?), but you can’t beat our poutine, our Timmy’s, or our insane penchant for busting windows and setting police cars on fire when one of our teams loses a Stanley Cup Final.
Yeeeah. About that last one… Canadians drink a lot of beer — that’s all I’ve gotta say that.
So, in honor of tomorrow being Canada Day, I bring to you my special “How Canadian Are You?” quiz! Let’s test your cultural knowledge!
1. If someone calls you a “hoser” — do you…
a. thank them,
b. ask if they need a landscaper,
c. be offended and/or challenge them to a rematch?
2. A “double-double” is a…
a. two patty cheeseburger,
b. a coffee with two creams and two sugars,
c. when two couples go on a shared date
3. The sage advice to “keep your stick on the ice” is from which Canadian TV program…
a. The Red Green Show
b. Hockey Night in Canada
c. Royal Canadian Air Farce
Answers at the bottom!
Maple Fudge Brownies
maple fudge brownies…
- 6 tablespoons (85g) unsalted butter
- 2 ounces (56g) bitter-sweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (120g) pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup (165g) brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla or maple extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 & 1/4 cups (200g) all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons (25g) dutch cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
chocolate maple ganache…
- 5 ounces (140g) bitter-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup (125ml) heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons (30g) maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 325°F/160°C. Line a 8 x 8 square baking pan with parchment paper.
Melt the butter and chocolate together in a large sauce pan over low heat. Once melted, use a spatula or wooden spoon to stir in the maple syrup, brown sugar, and extract and gently mix until incorporated.
Use a spatula to work the eggs into the batter. No whisking!
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the sifted ingredients to the pot in three additions, folding to incorporate without adding too much air to the mixture.
Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan and tap out any large bubbles.
Bake for 22 ~ 25 minutes, or until the top of the brownies looks dry and the edges have puffed and crackled.
Let cool the brownies cool completely before covering in a layer of ganache.
To make the chocolate maple ganache, start by placing the finely chopped chocolate in a large heat proof bowl.
In a saucepan over high heat, bring the heavy cream and maple syrup to a boil, swirling occasionally. Boil until the bubbles start creeping up the sides of the pot, then pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate.
Let stand for 1 minute, then, starting from the middle of the bowl, stir the cream and chocolate together in a circular, uniform motion. Once the ganache “core” forms in the middle of the bowl, fold the mixture together until it becomes homogenous.
Pour over the cooled brownies and place in the fridge to set, about 1 hour.
This Sunday I urge all Canadians to kick back, relax, fire up the BBQ, crack a can, and have a maple fudge brownie for dessert (little patriotic sprinkles not required).
And that friend-who-shall-not-be named gets to shut her trap on Canada Day, because we get one day a year to hoot and holler and roll around drunk and be really happy citizens, and I don’t see why each country shouldn’t get a day to do just that!
Answers to that little “How Canadian Are You?” quiz: 1. C, 2. B, 3. A — if you got all three right, you’re one fine Canuck!