jeudi 1 juillet 2010

Happy Birthday Canada!

July 1st is Canada’s birthday.  It is the anniversary of the enactment of the British North American Act in 1876.  It is celebrated across Canada with special festivities and fireworks.  The biggest party is probably the one on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  This year Queen Elizabeth II was in Ottawa to join in the celebrations.  The future of the monarchy is often a topic for debate in Canada but when the Queen comes for a visit, Canadians line the streets to welcome her at the many stops along her route.
I wasn’t in Canada on July 1st but I celebrated by making these cookies topped with maple syrup flavoured cream and strawberries.  

Cookies with Maple Cream and Strawberries
2 egg yolks
100 g (3.5 oz) butter, softened
200 g (7 oz) flour
100 g (3.5 oz) sugar
pinch of vanilla powder (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
2 pinches fleur de sel
Mix together flour, sugar, vanilla powder and fleur de sel.  Stir in egg yolks then blend in butter.  Let dough rest for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F).
Roll out dough to a thickness of 6 mm (1/4”).  Use a cookie cutter or glass to cut out cookie rounds or shapes.  Place on a baking paper on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.  Let cool.
250 mL (1 cup) 35% cream
15 mL (1 Tbsp) maple syrup
225 g (8 oz) strawberries, sliced
Whip cream and stir in maple syrup.  Spread over cooled cookies.  Top with sliced strawberries.

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