A French-Canadian classic, this Maple Walnut Pudding Chômeur is essentially a self-saucing cake, with a maple syrup flavoured sauce.
Pudding Chômeur (or Pouding Chômeur) translates to "Poor Man's Pudding". It's humble food. It's rustic and comforting. And yes, it's quite sweet, but it's a lovely treat and a great way to enjoy and celebrate Spring maple syrup.
I like this recipe as it doesn't call for a ton of maple syrup. I know it can be expensive in some places (so much for the poor man thing :). Boiling the maple syrup down, together with some brown sugar creates great maple flavour without the need to use a lot of maple syrup.
You'll want to enjoy this one warm from the oven. A drizzle of cream or a bit of ice cream is a great addition to the bowl.
As noted above, this is a sweet dessert, so when it comes to serving size, a little goes a long way! This 9x9 pan will probably yield 12 servings. So if you don't want 12 servings, you can go ahead and half the recipe and cook it up in a smaller or individual baking dishes.
You can make these Pudding Chômeur in individual servings in ramekins as well, for a great dessert. Simply spread the batter and sauce between 6-8 ramekins. Baking time will a little less.
As noted, to balance the sweet pudding, drizzle a little cream over-top. Ice cream or even better, Creme fraiche would also be great.
Maple Walnut Pudding Chômeur
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and set onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle chopped walnuts evenly over the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer of in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add flour mixture to batter in 3 additions, alternating with the milk. Mix just until combined. Spoon into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
- Make sauce by combining sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat over high heat until mixture comes to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and boil for 2 minutes. Carefully and slowly pour sauce mixture over batter in pan. Do not stir.
- Bake with pan on baking sheet in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until cake is set (pulling away from sides of pan) and golden.
- Serve warm with a drizzle of cream or a scoop of ice cream.
Nutritional information provided for general guidance only and should not be relied upon to make personal health decisions.