A French-Canadian classic, this Maple Walnut Pudding Chômeur is essentially a self-saucing cake, with a maple syrup flavoured sauce.

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About Pudding Chômeur

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.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Maple Syrup – there really is no substitute for real maple syrup, so it is highly recommended for this pudding. I like to use Grade B or Amber maple syrup, for the strongest maple flavour.

Walnuts – maple and walnut is a classic combination, but you could use pecans or, if you prefer not to use nuts, you can simply omit the nuts altogether.

Recipe Tips

  • As noted above, this is a sweet dessert, so when it comes to serving size, a little goes a long way! This 9×9 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.
pudding chomeur in pan with spoon

Making ahead, storage and freezing

Pudding Chômeur can be made ahead and re-heated, either in the microwave or lightly covered with foil in a 350F oven until warmed. It is best enjoyed on the day it is baked though, as the cake part will continue to absorb the liquid part.

Store left-overs in the fridge, covered, for 2-3 days.

Pudding Chômeur should freeze well for about 2 months.

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Get the Recipe: Maple Walnut Pudding Chômeur

A French-Canadian classic, this is a self-saucing cake, with walnuts and a maple syrup flavoured sauce.
4.93 stars from 13 ratings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 12 servings



  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon 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. (regular bake setting/not fan assisted) 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.


Be sure to read the notes above the Recipe Card, for more tips on making this recipe.
Cuisine: Canadian
Course: Dessert
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 108mg, Potassium: 200mg, Sugar: 49g, Vitamin A: 170IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 98mg, Iron: 1.3mg
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