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Poor Man’s Maple Pudding Cake

When I think Canada, I think winter. When I think winter, I think snow. And I don?t think snow for long, because right away my mind switches to spring. Spring. Remember the time we could have a look outside and...

When I think Canada, I think winter. When I think winter, I think snow. And I don?t think snow for long, because right away my mind switches to spring. Spring. Remember the time we could have a look outside and think: Oh! This looks really like spring this morning! Yeah, we can?t say that this year for sure... So, for a real Canadian, spring means maple syrup.

Real Maple Syrup
Real Maple Syrup

Here?s a story about a real Canadian. I have a wonderful mother. She?s beautiful, she?s smart, her house is clean, her food is amazing and she?s loving and caring on top of it. But, she?s crazy! She?s the only person that I?m aware of who travels with a can of maple syrup in her suitcase. She traveled to Asia with maple syrup. You invite her for vacation? Great, she?s coming with her maple syrup. Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico... the first thing in her suitcase is not her bikini, or tooth brush or her flip flops. Nope, maple syrup. Just because they don?t know what real Canadian maple syrup is. She can?t spend her vacation without. She likes her pancakes, toast, eggs, etc... With THE REAL MAPLE SYRUP!

This week, let me bring you a recipe from our old sugar shack right to your kitchen! A traditional French-Canadian recipe that is very common in Quebec, a syrupy "pudding" with a cakey topping made with REAL MAPLE SYRUP. It?s so easy; you can ask your children to make it. That?s what I did. My 13 years old daughter made this!

Poor Man?s Maple Pudding Cake

Poor Man's Maple Pudding Cake
Poor Man's Maple Pudding Cake
Ingredients: Cake:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
Maple Sauce:

Preparation:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. 2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Put aside. 3. In a bowl or stand mixer, cream the butter; slowly add sugar until the mixture has a smooth consistency. 4. Slowly add ¼ of the milk to the sugar with the egg and the vanilla. Repeat until all is mixed. 5. Using butter, grease the 9 x 13 baking dish.Pour in the batter. Put aside. 6. In a sauce pan, mix all the maple sauce ingredients and bring to a boil for 1 minute. 7. Pour the sauce on the cake batter. DO NOT mix. See the picture and text below for more info. 8. Cook at 350°F for 40 minutes.

This is the recipe with maple syrup; the best one. But, if you don?t have maple syrup at home, you can still do it and it?s going to be delicious. Instead of using maple syrup, replace it for 3 cups of brown sugar that you mix with 1 teaspoon of flour and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla in your sauce. The fun with this recipe is that all the ingredients you need are ingredients we normally have at home. No grocery shopping, it?s the best recipe for a last minute dessert and it?s cheap (if you use the version without maple syrup). On the other hand, if you want to impress your guests, the maple version will do the job for sure!

Maple Pudding Cake in the pan before going into the oven
Maple Pudding Cake in the pan before going into the oven

Another thing, when you?re going to pour the sauce on the cake mixture, at this point you?re going to start having doubts about this recipe. I know, it doesn?t look good. First time I did it, I thought I missed something somewhere, but no, that?s the way it is. And after you put it in your oven, everything will take place and it will look perfect after few minutes. I know it?s hard to believe, but trust me it will be fine. That?s why I put a picture of how your pan is going to look before it?s cooked. I?m not going to win an award with that photo for sure. But having a look at it will reassure you. So, let your oven do the magic and you?re going to eat the perfect Poor Man?s Maple Pudding Cake!!!