I’ve been looking for traditional French-Canadian recipes. I grew up with a few that are delicious and yet completely unknown outside this culture. Wondering what else I was missing out on, I decided to look up more recipes that might not have entered my family lore.
The French-Canadian take on Grandfather Dumplings was one of them. I had never heard of grand-pères before. I decided to give it a shot. The traditional recipe calls for a cup or more of maple syrup, which is unaffordable for many people – so I did the caramel version using these two recipes as a basis. If you want the original version, replace the syrup ingredients below with 2 cups maple syrup, 1 cup water.
- 2 Cups Flour
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 4 Tsp Baking Powder
- ½ Tsp Salt
- ⅓ Cup Vegan Butter (eg. Earth Balance)
- 1 Cup Vegan Milk (eg. Unsweetened Almond Milk)
- Mix the dry ingredients.
- Add the butter, mixing it in until the mixture becomes crumbly.
- Make a hole in the center, and set a side a cup of milk. You’ll pour it into that hole later.
Caramel Syrup & Preparation
- 2 Cups Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Vegan Butter
- 1¾ Cup Water
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Place all the ingredients in a large pot.
- Bring to a boil.
- Put the heat down to low (2 or 3).
- Add the milk now to the flour mixture. Combine well.
- Take large spoonfuls of the batter and dump them into the syrup. Make sure they’re well spaced out.
- Put the lid on and leave for 15 minutes. Don’t remove the lid!
- Take the pot off the heat, and let rest for another 10-15 minutes.
- Serve. Goes well with ice cream, or just as breakfast material!
Delicious. The insides has a similar taste to a thick soft pancake. This one is a keeper.