Poor Man's Pudding Cake (Pouding Chomeur)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Adopted recipe! A traditional French-Canadian recipe that is very common in Quebec. A syrupy "pudding" with a cakey topping. Very sweet.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan melt butter or margarine; stir in brown sugar.
  2. Add water and vanilla.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Meanwhile, make the dough.
  5. Cream butter or margarine; add sugar.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add to butter mixture alternately with milk.
  8. Pour syrup into a 9 X 13 baking dish.
  9. Drop dough by teaspoons over syrup.
  10. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

This is the exact recipe my Mum made for dessert many times when we were all young!! Made it for my husband, who loves sweets and he loved it too!! In the fall, Mum used to put some apples in the bottom of the baking dish, also yummy!!!! Pleasant memories with this one.. Thanks.....

Elly in Canada November 15, 2003

Great recipe! I added apple to the bottom of the pan which was fabby. Next time I will reduce the amount of sauce, only a cup of water and a cup of sugar - there was soooo much sauce it was crazy. This recipe probably serves 4-6 adults as a big pudding with nothing else. With ice cream or lots of fruit, 8 easily. Thanks for posting, will make again!

dimensionally transcendental January 10, 2010