Have you heard of this delicious Depression-era Canadian dessert, known in its founding province of Quebec as Pouding Chômeur?
‘Poor Man’s Pudding’ is said to have been invented in 1929 by women who, after a long day working on the factory floor, returned home to cold, bare pantries. With only the simplest of ingredients – brown sugar, butter, flour, milk – they were able to create this toasty, sweet-sauced treat. Some incorporated stale bread.
Looking ahead to richer times, Québécois bakers started to work locally tapped maple syrup into their pouding chômeur. These days, you will find Unemployment Pudding in Quebec sugar shacks and in restaurants across Canada, including Vancouver.
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