Canada Day is fast approaching and while the Great White North is certainly known for many appetizing and hearty treats (hello, poutine and peameal bacon!), our dessert options are sometimes limited. Until now, that is. There are a plenty of sweet treats that have a yummy Canadian flair, and this Canada Day, why not serve up a few of these delicious options to cap off a great meal?
Nanaimo bars are perhaps the most well-known Canadian dessert. Named after the town of Nanaimo, British Columbia, these sweet and irresistible treats are a Canadian tradition. Made of three layers, these bars are super easy to make and even easier to fall in love with. Start with a wafer-crumb base, top with vanilla or custard-flavoured butter icing and finish with a layer of melted chocolate. Simple and scrumptious!
Maple Pecan Tart
Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned pecan tart? This Canada Day, spice things up and add a touch of Canadian flavour by incorporating maple into the classic dessert. Surprise your guests by mixing a bit of maple syrup into your recipe and you’re guaranteed to see them coming back for seconds.
Whole Grain Crusted Apple Pie with Maple Yogurt Topping
Desserts don’t get much more classic than apple pie, but when it comes to serving treats at your Canada Day bash, the American staple just won’t do. Instead, add some Northern love to the recipe by topping it with maple-flavored yogurt instead of plain old vanilla ice cream. Delicious and health-conscious? Don’t mind if we do.
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches
A surefire way to put a smile on the faces of the kids (and the kids at heart) at your Canada Day gathering is to serve homemade chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. The summer staple is always a hit and is simple to make. Whoever came up with the concept of putting a scoop of ice cream in between two chocolate chip cookies deserves some serious gratitude when you’re planning your next backyard bash.
Earl Grey Chiffon Cake with Maple Meringue
This light and fluffy dessert is a great way to end a Canada Day barbeque. Just when you think you’ve eaten as much as you can handle, this yummy chiffon cake will surely tempt you. Thankfully, it’s as light as it is irresistible and you won’t regret sampling a slice (or two!). Flavoured to taste like a cup of earl grey tea with milk, this cake is the perfect way to top off a Canada Day feast in a classy way. The maple meringue adds a truly Canadian touch.
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Sometimes you just can’t decide between sweet and savory, and with these incredible maple bacon cupcakes, you and your guests don’t have to. This yummy combination of flavours is sure to surprise and delight your guests. Not only are these cupcakes succulent and impossible to resist, but they are a perfect addition to your Canada Day feast.
Apple Maple Sugar Pie
Sugar pie is one of the most popular French-Canadian desserts and it’s easy to see why. A combimation of delicious flavors, this dessert will definitely fly off the table at your Canada Day bash. The super sweet pie will satisfy your guests after an afternoon barbeque and have them lining up for more.