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Create Your Own Sugar Shack!

by Laurence-Emmanuelle Bédard Published on April 12, 2015

When you transform Sunday brunch into a homemade, honest-to-goodness sugar shack... you can't go wrong! But where to start? Here is the list of all the items you need to convert your dining room into your own sugar shack!

Transform the Décor

Wood products and red and white checkered fabric are MANDATORY if you want to recreate a sugar shack in your home. Get out the wooden table, chairs, salad bowl, and serving plates! But also mason jars, burlap sacks, raffia, and glass milk bottles. In short, anything that gives a rustic feel to your home is welcome. If you have young children, you can organize a craft day to transform the dining room into a woodsy sugar shack

Prepare a Scrumptious Cheeseboard

On a wooden tray, place a piece of brown paper on which you will display the cheeses. Add a sprig of rosemary and a knife, jam, and some maple sweets. Voila! You're done! Of course, to keep the Quebec theme, you will want to choose some local cheeses!

Wrap Up Your Utensils

Place a square of medium-sized red plaid fabric on a flat surface, and then wrap a knife, fork, and spoon in it. You can also tie your utensils together with jute cord, then place them on your plaid fabric

Clothe Your Bottles

Cover the bottles and jugs that you place on the table with jute fabric or raffia. You can add a sprig of rosemary as a finishing touch

Get Out the Marinated Veggies

In small mason jars, serve marinated vegetables (beets, pickles, olives, onions, etc.). Place a sprig of rosemary to add a touch of whimsy

Maple Sweets

The Sugar Shack is the perfect excuse to raise you blood sugar level. So take the opportunity to spoil yourself. There are thousands of recipes for maple candy. Our favourite: maple cones. And no, we don't buy them at the grocery store, that would be cheating! They are super easy to make!

​You need:

  • 1/2 pound of butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 60 miniature cones

Melt the butter over low heat, then add the brown sugar, maple syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix together and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir the marshmallows in to cause them to melt. Fill your small cones with the mixture, using a spoon. Refrigerate.

Forget Your Diet

Get out the eggs, coleslaw, pea soup, sausages in syrup, homemade chili sauce, bacon, greaves, ham, beans, pork rinds, pancakes, pudding, not to mention coffee

A Little Jig with That?

Of course, the final element good ol' sugar shack music! So get out your old records – the lively melodies of your ancestors – and dance a jig just to burn some calories

Remember the Tales of Old

It may be a little expensive to invite Fred Pellerin to your home to recount his tales of days gone by, but tradition requires that, in the sugar shack, we tell Canadian tales. Whether they are the fruit of your imagination, your grandparents related them to you, or you found them on the Internet, the tales of our ancestors can still bring us together

Maple Taffy

Of course, no sugar shack is worth its salt if it does not offer maple taffy! And what could be simpler than to pour maple syrup into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Let it boil until the thermometer reads 115°C (238°F). Remove it from the heat and let it stand a few minutes. Then pour over pure white snow, let it cool, pull, and savour

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