Pouding chômeur

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A piece of pouding chômeur

Pouding chômeur (The poor man’s pudding) is a dessert that was created by female factory workers during the early years of the Great Depression[1] in Quebec, Canada.

Today, it is casually served as a regional dessert, perhaps being a bit more popular during the saison des sucres, when maple sap is collected and processed and is usually part of the offerings during a meal at a sugar shack, but it is not specifically a maple dessert.


The pouding chômeur is a basic cake batter onto which a hot syrup or caramel is poured before baking. The cake then rises through the liquid which settles at the bottom of the pan, mixing with the batter and creating a distinct layer at the bottom of the dish. The syrup or caramel can be made from brown sugar, white sugar, maple syrup or a combination of these.

During the worst of the Depression, stale bread was used in lieu of cake batter.[citation needed]

Linguistic variations[edit]

The dessert is also sometimes called pouding du chômeur or pouding au chômeur and is sometimes written using the formal English word pudding.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crapanzano, Aleksandra (2015-10-22). "Pouding Chômeur: Quebec's Sweet Strategy for Chasing Off a Chill". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-04-21.