Pouding Choumeur Recipe


Literally translated to “the unemployment pudding”, this French Canadian dessert was created during the Great Depression, which makes it one of the more traditional Canadian foods on the list. It’s proof that less is more, with a few basic ingredients combined to make a delicious, comforting dessert still loved by Canadians all over the country. Made up of cake batter topped with hot syrup, the end result is a deliciously sweet treat that cures all woes.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½  tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ maple syrup (facultative)


  1. In a bowl, mix sugar and butter together. Add eggs and beat well until blended.
  2. In a large microwavable bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In a third bowl combine milk and vanilla extract.
  4. Alternately pour the egg mixture and the milk mixture little by little over the dry ingredients. Set aside.


  1. In a medium microwavable bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and heat in microwave for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour the sauce slowly over dough and cook 12 to 14 minutes in the microwave.

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