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Pudding Chômeur - Poor Man's Pudding

Pudding Chômeur - Poor Man's Pudding

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Pouding Chômeur – Poor Man’s Pudding                  

Pouding Chômeur or Poor Man's Pudding is truly a food born in the Depression Era, it is a simple eggless cake batter to which you add a syrup of your choice, my choice is a mix of maple syrup and brown sugar and water with butter for extra richness. I have played around with the recipe and like it with enough syrup for the cake to float slightly, enough that you get to enjoy extra yumminess, moreso if you serve it with a good vanilla icing. 

Pouding Chômeur has quite the history in Canada and I am rather proud of being someone that still serves it regularly at our Sunday Night Family Dinners. It is a good tradition to have, perhaps you should try it too! 


3 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ c. butter

2 c. sugar

2 c. milk

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt


1 c. maple syrup

1 ½ c. brown sugar

1 ½ c. water

1/3 c. butter


Preheat oven to 350 ° F.

1.     Butter a 10 x 12-inch baking dish.

2.     For the syrup, in a medium pot, place all the ingredients and bring to a simmer, simmer for 2 minutes and remove from the heat.

3.     In a mixing bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt.

4.     In a large mixing bowl, add the butter with the sugar and vanilla, beat until light and creamy.

5.     Add the flour alternately in three parts with the milk, starting and finishing with the flour.

6.     Spread the batter in the baking dish.

7.     Slowly add the syrup mixture. Do not stir or mix once the syrup is in the batter.

8.     Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes.

Serve warm, hot or cold with heavy cream or ice cream, share with friends, have it for breakfast!




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