Chômeur pudding-inspired

We all have times when maybe we whine too much or feel a little down and can’t quite snap out of it.

I didn’t even get a chance to visit the foster kittens today so the teenager got all the Zeus love today. See…

Perfect Kitten Zeus

She’ll be at the adoption fair at PetSmart this weekend. Speaking of cats, we have two new cats in our spare bedroom that may be staying with us for a while.

They are fosters in a way, belonging to someone who needs a little special support these days. I don’t have much, but I usually can find a way to help or share what I can.

But after being pushed out of my funk today, I offered to guide the teenagers in making chômeur pudding. Chômeur is the French word for unemployed person, and this dessert is a great super sweet dish that you can whip up when you are snowed in. Because it doesn’t require fancy ingredients!

I originally got the recipe from Post Punk Kitchen (a vegan site) but I couldn’t find a link so I used this old entry from my recipe blog: Chômeur Pudding. (I blogged every meal for about seven years!)

For the cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 cup “milk” (soymilk if you’re vegan)
  • 4 tablespoons melted “butter” (margarine if you’re vegan, gotta love Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

For the syrup:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon flour

In a large glass baking dish (or I used my Le Creuset skillet), place brown sugar and flour from the syrup ingredients in the bottom. Add the water.

Mix dry cake ingredients. Add melted butter and milk. Mix gently. Plop in about six lumps in water. Bake at 375 degrees, 30-40 minutes.

It’s not pretty but the sauce on the bottom turns into caramel and the cake just soaks it in.

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