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KARE in the Kitchen: Alicia whips up 'Poor Man's Pudding,' a French Canadian dessert

The star of this week's KARE in the Kitchen is a French Canadian spin on bread pudding. Quebecois say it IN FRENCH -- 'Pouding Chomeur.'
Credit: Chuck Hughes
Poor Man's Pudding - a French Canadian Dessert

MINNEAPOLIS — In this week's KARE in the Kitchen Alicia Lewis is making her husband's favorite, a French Canadian spin on bread pudding. It's called "Poor Man's Pudding, or as Quebecois say it, "Pouding Chomeur,". It's made with simple ingredients from your pantry and a Canadian staple... maple syrup! 

This recipe is courtesy of Chuck Hughes of the Cooking Channel!


  • 2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup 35-percent cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). 

For the maple sauce: Bring the maple syrup, cream, brown sugar and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 

For the batter: Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl with a mixer. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk, and beating until just combined. Divide the batter among 8 ramekins (or small serving dishes). Pour the syrup over the batter. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the pudding comes out clean, about 35 minutes. 

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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