CBC Montreal's Dr. Arruda baking challenge yields impressive results

Montrealers spend weekend experimenting in the kitchen. Turns out, we can really cook!

Montrealers spend weekend experimenting in the kitchen. Turns out, we can really cook!

Some lovely apple pancakes submitted by Suzanne Bell on Facebook. (Submitted by Suzanne Bell)

When the going gets tough, the tough don aprons.

Last Friday, CBC Montreal challenged Quebecers to spend the weekend trying something new in the kitchen.

This was in light of chief public health officer Dr. Horacio Arruda's suggestion that people use their time to do something they don't normally do in an effort to break the boredom of self-isolation.

Arruda himself said he would be baking Portuguese tarts, also known as pastel de natas. 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Horacio Arruda’s suggested people use their time to do something they don’t normally do, like cooking and baking. (CBC)

We received dozens of gorgeous photos of your amazing creations.

From gourmet meals to mouth watering desserts and yes, even homemade pastel de natas.

Challenge participant Caroline Rousseau says that she is using this time of social distancing to teach her teen to cook all her favourite family recipes, which she will then fold into a cookbook.

Even local politicians Christopher Skeete and Greg Kelley got into the spirit of things, sharing videos and photos of their culinary masterpieces.

Below are some of the highlights. Keep checking CBC Montreal's Facebook page for more idle hands challenges.

Not all the participants rolled up their sleeves in the baking department.

Moira LeBlanc​​​​​​ took on a whole roasted a lemon garlic chicken in a frying pan.


Asmaa Mansour made a risotto with grilled lemon cod fillet and a fig salad on the side.

"We don't bake lately since flour is getting rare," she wrote.


A number of our ambitious bakers took on macarons.

Sue-Ian Nemeth-Sinclair filled hers with raspberry jam, lemon curd and vanilla cream.

"Not perfect, but meets my macaron craving needs for the moment," she wrote. 


Thanks to everyone who participated! Send us your photos via Facebook or Instagram


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