Today, I thought I’d share a dairy-free version of a traditional french-Canadian dessert: the pouding chômeur (or poor man’s pudding cake).
I love this one because it brings back childhood memories. You see, this dessert is one of the desserts that my mom made when I was younger. You can bet that when she made it, it never lasted very long despite the fact that she’d make a double batch.
Translated literally, “pouding chômeur” means pudding for the unemployed. As the name implies, it is very inexpensive to make. Besides the fact that it doesn’t require any special or expensive ingredients, it is tasty and very easy to make (a child could likely carry out the majority of the steps alone).
Are you curious to know how to make it?
Pouding Chômeur (serves 6)
For the cake
375 ml (1 1/2 cup): all purpose flour
180 ml (3/4 cup): dark brown sugar
15 ml (1 tbsp.): baking powder
2.5 ml (1/2 tsp.): salt
45 ml (3 tbsp): coconut oil, melted
180 ml (3/4 cup): coconut milk
5 ml (1 tsp.): vanilla extract
For the sauce
125 ml (1/2 cup): dark brown sugar
500 ml (2 cups): boiling water
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- In the same bowl, add wet ingredients. Mix until you obtain a ball of dough.
- Place the dough in an oven-safe pan, making sure to spread it to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Spread the dark brown sugar (for the sauce) over the ball of dough. Carefully pour boiling water on top.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until the center is cooked through.
I should probably warn you. This dessert doesn’t look like much. In fact, when you pour the boiling water over the whole thing before putting it in the oven, you’re probably going to wonder how in the world it can yield something edible, let alone tasty. But trust me, it works.
Oh, and for those of you who would like a printable pdf, just click on the text link beside the thumbnail of the recipe.
Anyone else up to sharing a traditional and/or childhood meal?