No weekend at the cottage is complete without a pan of homemade goodness….

Happy May long weekend eating & relaxing!!!

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Mile High Caramel S’mores Bars!

Homemade Mile High Caramel S’mores Bars 

No campfire required for these bars!!

Base: 2 cups (500 mL) crushed graham crackers (*about 30 crackers) + 1/3 cup (75 mL) melted Gay Lea unsalted butter

Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C). Combine cracker crumbs and butter. Measure out 1/2 cup (125 mL) of mixture and set aside. Press remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a parchment paper lined 8-inch square baking pan. Bake in center of oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and cool completely while making chocolate marshmallow layer.

Chocolate Marshmallow Layer

1 lb. (500 g) dark chocolate, finely chopped

1/3 cup (75 mL) Gay Lea unsalted butter

1 tbsp (15 mL) dark corn syrup

3 cups (750 mL) mini marshmallows – divided

Over a double boiler, melt chocolate. Stir in butter and corn syrup until butter has melted. Remove from heat and let cool, about 10 minutes. Fold in 2 cups (500 mL) marshmallows. Spread mixture evenly over base. Top evenly with remaining 1 cup (250 mL) marshmallows. Chill while preparing caramel.

Caramel Layer

*note: you can use 3/4 cup (175 mL) prepared caramel sauce instead of making your own*

1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar

1/4 cup (60 mL) Gay Lea unsalted butter

2 tbsp (30 mL) dark corn syrup

1/4 tsp (1 mL) baking soda

Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in a small sauce pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring only once or twice until mixture comes to a gentle boil. Continue to cook for about one minute without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Stir until caramel lightens in colour. Cool slightly.

To assemble bars: Drizzle caramel evenly over chocolate marshmallow layer. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture evenly over caramel and lightly press down with your hand. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or over night. Remove from refrigerator about 15 minutes before cutting. Cut into 12 bars. Enjoy!!


Gay Lea Premium Gold ~ Gay Lea’s most decadent dollop! Perfect for a cottage sweet treat or a baked potato topper.

Triple Chocolate Whisky Brownies with Maple Vanilla Cream and Berries 

Celebrate the long weekend with a decadent chocolate treat.

Maple Vanilla Cream

1 ½ cups (375 mL) Gay Lea Premium Gold Sour Cream

1 vanilla bean, scraped (*using vanilla paste/seeds only) or 1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract

3 tbsp (45 mL) Canadian maple syrup

Stir together all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


2 oz (60 g) each; bittersweet and 70% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

⅓ cup (75 mL) 35% whipping cream (*or milk)

⅓ cup (75 mL) Gay Lea unsalted butter

1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract

2 eggs
1/4 cup (60 mL) Canadian whisky *optional

¾ cup (175 mL) all-purpose flour

¾ cup (175 mL) cocoa powder

½ tsp (2 mL) baking powder

pinch salt

1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar

½ cup packed brown sugar

Garnish: Prepared maple vanilla cream, mixed berries and Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream

Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line a 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. In a large glass bowl, over a double boiler, melt: bittersweet and dark chocolate, cream and butter. Remove bowl from heat and let stand for about 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla, eggs and whisky. Add remaining ingredients (*except garnishes) and stir until well combined. Place batter into prepared pan and bake in center of pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes (*or until toothpick placed in center comes out with little crumb). Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut into 12 squares. To Serve: Dollop each brownie with prepared maple vanilla cream, fresh berries and Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream.

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