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Maple Chomeur (Poor Man’s Pudding)

Maple Chomeur or Poor Pans Pudding has been a popular dessert in Quebec for decades made up of cake & a simple maple sauce. It doesn’t look like much but it is pure warm, comfort food heaven.

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Maple Chomeur (Poor Man’s Pudding)

Maple Chomeur is a very popular traditional dessert in Quebec, supposedly dating back to the Depression era. It really is simplicity itself.

This is the sort of recipe that draws me in because it transforms a few familiar ingredients into something absolutely delicious.

As Spouse is known to say, “Who doesn’t love warm carbs!?” With her great love of warm desserts with accompanying sauces, like our Rum Raisin Bread Pudding or Sticky Toffee Pudding, this was bound to be a hit with her.

Real Maple syrup is the key here to get that familiar flavour that everyone loves. Syrup substitutes of any kind are just not the same in this recipe.

Maple Syrup, only the best!

We enjoyed this particular Maple Chomeur pudding at the end of our last weekend brunch for a warm, sweet, sticky ending to my favourite meal of the week.

I have heard from some French speaking people in Quebec that this was also a traditional dessert around the Holy holidays like Easter and Christmas. It sure does make a warming winter dessert at any time.

Maple Chomeur Poor Man's Pudding wider shot on white plate

Maple Chomeur (Poor Man’s Pudding)

If you liked this recipe be sure to try our incredibly popular Sticky Toffee Pudding.

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Yield: 9 servings

Maple Chomeur or Poor Mans Pudding

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Maple Chomeur or Poor Mans Pudding has been a popular dessert in Quebec for decades made up of cake & a simple maple sauce. It doesn't look like much but it is pure warm, comfort food heaven.


For the maple sauce

  • 1 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cake batter

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup very cold butter, cut in small pieces
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


To prepare the maple sauce

  1. In a medium sized pot simmer all of the ingredients in the sauce for 3 or 4 minutes
  2. Set aside to cool to lukewarm.

To prepare the cake

  1. Begin by greasing a 9x9 inch baking pan very well
  2. In a food processor combine the flour, baking powder salt and sugar.
  3. Using the pulse button on the food processor cut in the cold butter.
  4. Pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. ( If you don't own a food processor, you can cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or even a couple of knives.)
  5. To the flour/butter mixture, add the milk and vanilla extract
  6. Blend in until the flour is fully incorporated and spread into the well-greased pan.
  7. Pour  the prepared maple syrup mixture over the cake batter and bake for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  8. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice-cream. Some lightly toasted walnuts also make a wonderful addition to this dessert.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 450Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 48mgSodium 303mgCarbohydrates 70gSugar 53gProtein 2g

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SF Chick

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Everything Barry Parsons creates is delicious. My mother used to make this when I was young, forgot all about it. So glad you posted it. Yummy!

Bruce Hathaway

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

I've tried several other recipes for Maple Chomeur, but this one outshines the others by far. Thanks,this one is a keeper.


Tuesday 18th of December 2018

The recipe that was handed down to me uses Crisco. Butter would not have been part of a “poor man’s” dessert. Also, real maple strip is not cheap. We were instructed to make from sugar, brown & white with vanilla and a bit of butter.


Monday 4th of June 2012

Made this today and it was very well received. My tip for incorporating the butter - I use frozen butter and grate it into the flour mix using a box grater. No need to pulse with a food processor and no need for pastry blender. I also use this method for scones and they always turn out well.

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