Chômeurs referred to the unemployed in Canada, and this was originally a quick dessert made by and for them. I think of it as a quebecois version of treacle pudding, but using maple syrup.
Warning: It ain’t a pretty pudding, but it is so, so good! Especially for cold winter nights.
- 1 to 1 1/4 cups maple syrup (dark amber)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons to 3/4 heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (I use unfiltered)
- generous pinch of salt, to taste
The range allows for a more syrupy pudding, if you wish.
- 125 grams whole wheat pastry flour
- 10 grams (~1 tablespoon) each: maple sugar, vanilla sugar, and light brown sugar; substitute with your available sugars and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (safflower, grape seed, or canola)
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (I use low fat)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF degrees; I used the non-convection bake setting.
- Make the syrup by combining the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to an energetic simmer, uncovered. It’s okay if it separates or looks curdled. Allow syrup to foam a bit, but don’t let it overflow. Continually whisk until a bit thickened, for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool somewhat, then prepare sponge.
- Sift dry ingredients into a large jug or bowl.
- Whisk together eggs with oil; pour into dry ingredients.
- Add in yogurt. Stir together everything until just combined.
- Pour about half to two-thirds of syrup into a 9-inch glass or ceramic dish.
- Glop in batter. It will look like a large island on top of the syrup, which is expected — it’ll smoothen out as it bakes.
- Bake for 21 to 25 minutes, until the sponge pulls away from pan sides and is cooked through.
- Pour remaining syrup over the hot pudding.
- Wait at least 20 to 30 minutes for pudding to absorb the syrup before serving.
- Scoop and serve. Optionally garnish with sour cream, crème fraîche, or barely sweetened whipped cream. Keep leftovers, if any, in the fridge; reheating by microwave works nicely.