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Dec 9, 2009 04:02 PM

Traditional Quebec Christmas foodstuffs

i'm planning a nice christmas dinner and would like to know where is the best place to buy traditional christmas baked goods, i.e. yule logs, three king cakes etc. the only place i know of is premiere moisson and au pain dore, but are there better places? and or cheaper? where are your personal preferences to go and buy said items?

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  1. Don't forget tourtieres. I just started baking mine this morning for the holidays.

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    1. re: bigfellow

      do you always bake your own? i'm not from quebec, and this is going to be my first christmas dinner here and i want to try all the "traditional" stuff! but i really have no idea (or the time!) to try making one on my own. not to mention trying to make my own yule log! have you ever tried any (tourtieres too) that were made in a bakery or a store?

      1. re: sharkbait88

        You can find tourtieres in any frozen food section. But I wouldn't touch those. I do make my own. But you can find bakeries that make them.

        1. re: bigfellow

          i guess i'll just go to my local premiere moisson to get my quebecois christmas goodies. hopefully they're good!

          1. re: sharkbait88

            There was a thread about tourtière last year.


            I've tried the ones from La Fournée des Sucreries de l'Érable at JTM. They're really good, but not as good as homemade. The duck one is tasty, but it's really duck and pork and probably has more pork than duck. You can get takeaway tourtières from Au Pied de Cochon. I've had it at the sugar shack and found the dough was overmixed and crumbly, but the filling was great. Maybe the ones from the restaurant are better. The dough recipe from the cookbook certainly looks better than what I was served.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              No, the restaurant ones from APDC had pastry that wasn't quite up to snuff too.

    2. Anyone know where I can get lamb tourtiere? I know it is not a traditional but I dont like the pork ones. One of the butchers in Atwater Market had it once, but I can't find it now.

      1. As I posted to williej about lamb tourtiere: Try La Maison du Roti they are restaurant suppliers open to the public. Also go east for less expensive goodies at the Marché Maisonneuve 4445, rue Ontario Est.