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Poor Man's Pudding, or Pouding Chômeur!

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Poor Man's Pudding, or Pouding Chômeur!

rockability | Oct 21, 2009 12:30 PM

I've been reading through various food sites and blogs looking at various takes of the Quebec dessert, pudding chômeur. Do any chow hounds have a favorite recipe for it? I came across the following (see below), and I was curious to know if anyone knows how close it is to an original chômeur recipe. Did they use maple syrup instead of brown sugar back in the day or is that a relatively new addition? Thanks for any help/info!

Sauce
2 cups Brown sugar
2 cup Water
1 tbsp Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla

BATTER
1/3 cup Cold Butter
1 cup White sugar
2 cup Flour
Pinch salt
3 tsp Baking powder
3/4 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

SAUCE
In a large saucepan mix brown sugar and water together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, add vanilla and butter, cover while preparing batter.

BATTER
In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly looking. Add milk and vanilla all at once and stir just until moistened. Drop large spoonfuls of batter into the boiling syrup. Cover and simmer, without removing cover, for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle of dumpling comes out clean. Serve hot.

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