Berry Picker Pudding Cake
Inspired by the French Canadian traditional “Pouding Chômeur”, made with homegrown berries.
“Pouding” means pudding and “chômeur” means unemployed worker. “Pouding chômeur” is a Québec traditional dessert created in the Great Depression and was originally made with affordable ingredients like flour, butter, milk and brown sugar. This pudding cake consists of a syrup topped with a pudding dough mixture and once set makes a dessert full of sweet flavours that tempts you for maybe just a little more. This recipe has many variants, for examples substituting the brown sugar with maple syrup, honey or even chocolate. I did not invent the fruit version but I developed my “berry picker” version while being a poor freelancer with many berries! I use a mix of frozen wild blackberries and raspberries grown at my husband’s family farm. We get plenty of them every season but, as they are highly perishable, we freeze some to enjoy them all year long in smoothies and desserts like this one. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I’ve got to admit, since developing the recipe, this has become my favourite dessert. I think I tested it very thoroughly on this pandemic year… I could not help it, it tastes sooo good but is also very easy to make. The pudding cake is commonly served with ice cream but as it is already sweet enough for me, a scoop of some good plain Greek yogurt to balance it is just perfect!
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