Poor Man's Pudding Cake (Pouding Chomeur)

"Adopted recipe! A traditional French-Canadian recipe that is very common in Quebec. A syrupy "pudding" with a cakey topping. Very sweet."
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  • In a saucepan melt butter or margarine; stir in brown sugar.
  • Add water and vanilla.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, make the dough.
  • Cream butter or margarine; add sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add to butter mixture alternately with milk.
  • Pour syrup into a 9 X 13 baking dish.
  • Drop dough by teaspoons over syrup.
  • Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I make the sauce and pour it on after the cake is made


  1. I was in grade #, when we were doing restaurant wars in which we had groups of 3-4 and we had to make up a french restaurant and my group chose to have a vintage restaurant and our's was a specialty dessert restaurant so we had to choose a type of french Canadian dessert from the websites our teacher had given us and this was one of the websites and when I looked up french Canadian desserts I came across this and it looked good so I asked my mom if we could try making this for my project and my mom agreed. When we actually made it, it tasted even better than it looked. I would definitely recommend this dish and recipe to others who want to try something new and amazing!
  2. 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.....
  3. Great recipe! I messed up with the ingredients so it wasn't too good but that was my fault.
  4. My grandmother used to make this about once a week. It is one of my most memorable deserts from my childhood. Unfortunately my family is aging and no one makes this now. I'm going to give it a try and hope it's as good as grandma used to make.
  5. Delicious


  1. Reduce the brown sugar to 3/4 cups and add 3/4 cups of maple syrup. The real stuff not artificial. Both versions of the recipe are authentic,
  2. This was very good. My husband enjoyed it a lot. I liked it too- but I am not used to eating brown sugar deserts like this- even after living in Quebec for 5 years!My mother in law adds evaporated milk or cream to the brown sugar mix instead of water- and it is sooo creamy! This would also be good made with a fresh blueberry syrup which is used just as often as brown sugar here. In case anyone wonders: when you add the batter in by the spoon full in a uniform pattern all over the dish- it spreads and makes a cake on top. It looks nice served upside down!


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