Monday, July 27, 2009

The Bruce, Individual Lemon Meringue Pies & Peach Cake Pudding

Peach Cake Pudding

While vacationing on the Bruce Peninsula (on Lake Huron), my family and I trouped off to South Hampton to collect rocks on the beach, check out a favorite antique store (closed!), and go to Armen's for a bite, as we have been doing for the last 5 years. Armen's is named after the chef owner and is a little cafe with exceptional food at very reasonable prices. I really enjoy Armen's homemade desserts and especially the individual lemon meringue pies which are delicious and lovely to look at.

The various desserts including Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake and Pumpkin pie.

My extended family have owned cottages in the lovely and peaceful Oliphant on Lake Huron for many years. Sauble Beach is a 10 minute drive from Oliphant and is where you go to get your shopping and people fix. It has a great, yet extremely crowded, beach and is an appropriate and entertaining place for children of all ages. The 2 Chicks Cafe, in Sauble, has Internet access and a healthy kids menu. Their site which lets you check out their menu also offers some nice pics of Sauble.

Here is a Lemon Meringue Pie recipe from Oprah's site which uses pie crust as the base and is similar to Armens':


Here is a wonderfully simple summer dessert recipe, making good use of peaches, that I have had for many years. I came across it in Canadian Living Magazine maybe 13 years ago but was not able to find it on their site. Strangely Recipezaar has the exact same recipe on its' site there you go. This recipe must be made with in season peaches!

Peach Cake Pudding by Elizabeth Baird, Canadian Living Magazine


8 cups Thickly sliced peeled peaches
2 T Granulated sugar
2 T Orange juice
1/2 t Nutmeg

1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup Granulated sugar
2 Eggs
1 t Grated orange rind
1 tsp Vanilla
2/3 cup All purpose flour
1 t Baking powder
Pinch Salt
1/3 cup Milk

In bowl, combine peaches, sugar, juice and nutmeg. Spoon into 11 x 7 inch baking dish.

Topping: In a bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in orange rind and vanilla. I separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir half into batter; stir in milk, then the remaining flour mixture. Spread over fruit. Bake at 375F (190C) oven for 50 minutes or until tester inserted in the centre of topping comes out clean.

The Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

It really is a delicious recipe and its enhanced greatly by vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Lake Huron, South Hampton, Ontario, Canada

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