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Oh no! The sugar shacks are jam-packed, and you forgot to book your spot! Don’t worry; we got you. This year, go sugaring off at home! Here are our favourite sugar shack recipes for you to try.

Pea soup

An age-old tradition in Quebec! Its origins date back to the 17th century, during the establishment of colonies in New France. This affordable, protein-rich soup was a staple in most households.

Nowadays, it remains true to its roots, with some additions to the original version. The traditional recipe is made with split yellow peas that have been pre-soaked for at least 6 hours. Often, salted lard and ham is added to the recipe; otherwise, smoked ham shank can also do the trick. We love this filling, comforting classic!


Turns out you can make everyone happy, with pineapple and maple ham, THE sweet and savoury meal par excellence. Pepper, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and cloves round out the ingredients that will enhance the flavours while cooking.

Is the spring breeze feeling more like a wind of change? Try other versions: think beer, BBQ sauce, mustard seasoned with nutmeg, or cranberry glazed with rosemary.

Money-saving tip

Whether you like your ham bone-in or toupie-style, keep an eye on your flyers. Take advantage of the specials to buy it ahead of time. Because it is often vacuum packed, it keeps longer in the fridge.

Puff omelette

So simple yet so exquisite, the puff omelette is a sugaring off staple. Making a portion to feed four people is easy as can be: Beat eight egg yolks with one tablespoon (15 ml) of water, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and incorporate the yolks.

In a cast iron pan, cook the mixture with butter for about five minutes, without turning it over. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over top and transfer to the oven under the broiler. When taking the omelette out of the oven, fold it in half and place on a dish. This puff omelette is just the special touch your menu needs!

Baked beans

Baked beans can be either sweet or savoury, with a hint of tomatoes or served with salted lard. There are just so many ways to enjoy them. Their preparation requires a few steps and some patience! Beans (dry white or Navy) need to be soaked in water overnight and cooked in the oven at 250°F (120°C) for seven hours.

For those with less time on their hands, we have a simple and delicious vegetarian version for you to try. You will love this affordable little dish!

Smart tip

To limit waste, save a piece of maple ham for the pea soup, as well as any leftover pineapple as a topping for yummy crepes.

Pouding chômeur

Another sugar shack favourite. Its high energy content will have you playing the spoons until the wee hours of the morning! It was during the Great Depression that it became popular, given how affordable it was. Nearly a century later, this delight is still a crowd-pleaser. Some people make it with chocolate, others add nuts, and the more adventurous cooks elevate it with fruit. The traditional pouding chômeur is nonetheless a favourite among Quebecers. It’s usually gone within minutes of being served!

Sugaring off at home is delicious, easy, and affordable, and oh-so-heartwarming! You no longer need to rack your brain . . . or break the bank!