Pouding chômeur#

Literally “unemployed pudding”, or “pudding of the unemployed” (pouding du chômeur), this is a traditional cake from Québec and Acadie made with cheap and common ingredients. A lot of variations using maple syrup, chocolate, apples, and other fancy ingredients can be found on the Internet. This is the recipe from my grandmother which uses brown sugar.




  • 245 g brown sugar

  • 750 ml water

  • 50 g butter


  • 245 g brown sugar

  • 50 g butter

  • 1 egg

  • 5 ml vanilla extract

  • 315 g flour

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 10 g baking powder

  • 175 ml milk


  1. Preheat oven at 180° C.

  2. In a medium saucepan, add all the ingredients for the syrup. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour into an oven-proof dish.

  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the brown sugar and the butter.

  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.

  5. In another bowl, mix the flour, the salt, and the baking powder.

  6. Alternate adding the milk and the flour mix to the wet ingredients and mix well. The batter will be thick.

  7. Using a large spoon, drop chunks of the batter in the syrup.

  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

  9. Serve warm. You can add cream or vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent dessert!

Caroline Cyr La Rose, Québec, Canada

I’m a librarian, knitter, cat lover and ice cream fan from Montreal. I have a master’s degree in Library and information science from the University of Montréal. I work for Solutions inLibro, inc., a Koha support company located in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I’ve been part of the Koha community since 2017 and I am mainly involved in the documentation team.