Friday, March 7, 2008

From The Tried And True List

Old-fashioned desserts, simple as can be, are often my favorites. This one comes from a recipe book my mom ordered in the mail from the Robin Hood Flour company.

It dates back to the 70s and it has got the best recipes, I mean the best: scones, cakes, muffins, breads, cookies, it has everything. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, just simple recipes. I love that these days you can find almost anything on the internet but there’s nothing like opening an old (or new) recipe book and looking at the pictures, or in this case drawings, and just imagining how the recipe is going to turn out.

Whenever we visit my parents I’ll browse through the booklet and write down a few recipes and these recipes usually end up in my tried and true list, the list I look through when I want something foolproof. So without further ado, here’s a foolproof recipe for Maple Syrup Pudding Cake or as we call it in Québec, Pouding Chômeur.

Maple Syrup Pudding Cake

adapted from Robin Hood Flour

For the sauce:
1 ½ cups maple syrup
¾ cup water
2 tsp butter

For the batter:
1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9” square or round baking dish.

In a saucepan, mix maple syrup and water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, add butter and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Add dry ingredients alternating with the milk. Mix well.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Carefully pour the sauce over the batter.

Bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes, until the cake is golden brown. Let the cake rest a few minutes before serving.

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21 comments:

Amy said...

LyB, this look sooo good. I love maple anything, and pudding cakes too -- I've bookmarked this to try! Yummy!

Mansi Desai said...

that definitely looks like something I'm gonna try soon! maybe this weekend:)

Deborah said...

Wow - this looks amazing!!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Maple syrup? Yes. Pudding? Oh, yes. Cake? Definitely yes! I'm all over this one. Thanks for sharing!

kimberleyblue said...

Wow! With maple syrup season coming up, I have to try this!

Hello from a fellow Quebecer. :)

Brilynn said...

Anything with a cup and a half of maple syrup in it has GOT to be good!

Kevin said...

Maple Syrup Pudding Cake sounds great! I will have to try it! bookmarked

RecipeGirl said...

Don't you love those fun discoveries? Some of the older magazines and cookbooks just have the best ideas! This looks very comforting and delicious.

Lori said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new dessert. I had never heard of this before but it looks great! Is it a common dessert in Canada?

Ginny said...

Delicious! My roommate was just telling me how much she loved maple desserts...I may need to surprise her. Thanks! :)

nicisme said...

Now that is what I call a pudding!! It looks so comforting, I just want to sit in front of the TV with a HUGE bowl of it!

LyB said...

Amy - Thank you! Let me know how it turns out!

Mansi - I'm glad it caught your eye!

Deborah - Thanks so much!

Lynn - You're very welcome!

Kimberleyblue - Maple season, almost makes up for all this snow! ;)

Brilynn - lol! Really good! :)

Kevin - Hope you try it soon!

RecipeGirl - You're absolutely right! Thanks for visiting!

Lori - Pouding Chômeur is common in Québec, as for the rest of Canada, I'm not sure but I've seen this made with a brown sugar syrup instead of maple.

Ginny - Your roommate is in for a treat! :)

Nic - It's quite addictive, one huge bowl just isn't enough! ;)

kickpleat said...

whoa, this looks so good and sweet!

biscuitpusher said...

maple scones -- check. maple cookies -- check. maple pudding cake?!? must make soon!!! it looks and sounds fantastic.

Louise said...

Salut!
This looks amazing! Aren't vintage cookbooks - in all their forms - the best?
Just discovered your blog today - enchantée!

Anonymous said...

How lovely - thanks for sharing. The trees on our road have their annual buckets and our local maple syrup farms have open house this weekend. Will definitely have to try!

LyB said...

Kickpleat - Sweet and delicious!

Biscuitpusher - If you like maple, you have to try this!

Louise - Thank you for stopping by!

Anonymous - This really is a great treat.

The Downtown Boutique said...

Oh man! I love maple! I'm bookmarking this so that I can try it!

Anonymous said...

Hi :)
This looks absolutely delicious and I can't wait to try it out, but is the amount of butter called for in the batter right? I don't really see how I could cream 1/2 c sugar with 1tbsp of butter. Thanks!

songgirl said...

I cannot believe I stumbled upon this recipe. My mom used to make pouding au chomere tout le temps! So delicious and so french!

lecochonPouding Chômeur said...

I had this at "Le Cochon Dingue"in Quebec City, oh my! This was so delicious I had to back a second time. I hope this is as delicious!I had ask the server how they made it, she said it was like a pineapple upside down cake with maple syrup.I hope this is like that one!

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