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Paired Dessert Board

Author Icon Afrim Pristine Apr 21 2020
Everyday Delicious
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Impress your guests with Maître Fromager Afrim Pristine’s unique dessert pairings featuring some of Ontario’s most exquisite cheeses.

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A. Dark chocolate & Celtic Blue from Glengarry Fine Cheese, Lancaster, ON

B. Niagara Gold cheese & wine jelly from Upper Canada Cheese, Jordan Station, ON

C. Roasted Niagara Grapes & Le Bon Secret from Quality Cheese, Vaughan, ON

D. 5-Year Cheddar & Ontario honeycomb from Maple Dale Cheese, Plainfield, ON

E. Chocolate-Chili-Cherry Cookies & 5 Brotherscheese from Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Woodstock, ON

F. The Lankaaster & local vanilla ice cream with Maple Peach Reductionfrom Glengarry Fine Cheese, Lancaster, ON

C. Roasted Niagara Grapes

You can also enjoy a few of these roasted grapes on top of some soft local cheese spread onto crisp crostini or crackers. Leave the grapes on the stems for a beautiful addition to your charcuterie board.

Prep 5 MIN

Cook 15 MIN



Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.


Step 2

In a large bowl, toss grapes with oil, vinegar, rosemary, salt and pepper. Spread onto prepared baking sheet. Roast for about 15 minutes or until very tender and slightly shrivelled. Let cool slightly before serving.

Tip: You can serve the grapes with their juices for the best flavour.

Nutritional Information

One Serving 1/4 Cup

Calories 70
Protein 0.4 g
Carbohydrates 11 g
Fat 3.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 20 mg
Fibre 1 g
Sugars 10 g

E. Chocolate-Chili-Cherry Cookies

A mild hit of chili adds the perfect zip to these chocolatey cookies. Look for ancho chili powder in the spice section of your local grocery store.

Prep 15 MIN

Cook 8 MIN



Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.


Step 2

In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, chili powder, baking soda and salt.

Step 3

In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat butter and sugars together until smooth.Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate and cherries.

Step 4

Scoop rounded tbsp (15 mL) of the dough onto prepared pan, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Bake for about 8 minutes or until top isset but still soft in centre. Let cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Tip: For a bigger heat and smoke kick, substitute chipotle chili powder for the ancho chili powder.

Nutritional Information

One Serving 1 cookie

Calories 120
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrates 17 g
Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 3.5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 70 mg
Fibre 1 g
Sugars 10 g

F. Maple Peach Reduction

The fresh flavour of Ontario peaches reigns supreme with the addition of sweet maple syrup in this peachy sweet concoction.

Prep 10 MIN

Cook 10 MIN



Make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Step 1

Chop peaches and place in a blender. Add maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, ginger and hot pepper. Blend until smooth. Pour into a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often for about 10 minutes or until thickened.

Step 2

Let cool completely before enjoying.

Nutritional Information

One Serving 1 tbsp

Calories 45
Protein 0.3 g
Carbohydrates 7 g
Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Fibre 1 g
Sugars 6 g
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Afrim Pristine

Maître Fromager

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