This is a delicious, ridiculously easy dessert I grew up with back home in Quebec. It literally means “poor man’s” pudding and was created during the Great Depression. It uses ingredients that were easy to come by and rather inexepensive at the time, hence its name.
It’s simply a very basic batter onto which you pour a maple syrup or brown sugar syrup overtop. As the cake cooks, the syrup sinks to the bottom, creating a seperate layer. While I didn’t serve it this way, this recipe is absolutely delicious served straight out of the oven, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
Combine all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
Beat the milk, egg and butter. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until the whole mixture is wet.
Pour into a well greased 13×9 baking dish.
For the sauce, pour all the ingredients into a sauce pan and heat until it almost boils (don’t let it boil!) and pour over uncooked batter.
Bake at 350F for about 35 minutes. Serve as is, with crème fraîche or ice cream.