When I read the Sunday Supper brief for this weeks’ Mom’s Favorite Recipes asking us to share a favorite recipe Mom made throughout the years or the recipe they love to eat it was an easy decision to share our family recipe for brown sugar pudding. Or as know to French Canadians pouding chômeur, also known as poor man’s pudding. A dessert with three names, you know it must be good!
The decision on what recipe to share was made all easier since I recently posted a recipe for tuna casserole, which is my Mom’s ALL time favorite dinner. Also toyed with the idea of a recipe for croquet monsieur, but my Mom’s discovery of her love for this cheesy comfort food is a story for another time.
Plus this recipe for brown sugar pudding is handed down from generation to generation. My Mom learned from her Mom, and Mom from her mother. Confused reading that sentence? It isn’t a typo. I have a Mom and a Mummy – who now goes by her first name, unless I’ve done something, need something, or just generally want to be a sook. When I was born, the first grandchild, my Grandmother decided she didn’t want to be called Grandmother, Grandma or the worst Nana, so I and future grandchildren would call her Mom. My Mom, her daughter, was fine with it all. And growing up we had Mummy and Mom. Confused the heck out of other people, but we were all cool with it. Until I turned 13 and saying Mummy seemed a lot less cool. And since Mom wasn’t letting go of her title, my brother and I opted to call our parents by their first name. It doesn’t bother them any, it isn’t disrespectful, it is just how our family dynamic evolved.
My Mom is French Canadian, growing up her Mother would make pouding chômeur for their family. Pouding chômeur is a classic french Canadian dish that was created during the Depression era as an inexpensive dessert that could be easily prepared and enjoyed for family dinners.
How did pouding chômeur become brown sugar pudding?
Well a young French Canadian nursing student met a handsome east coast medical student in Ottawa, he quickly whisked her off her feet, they married, and the young doctor brought his new wife and her French Canadian recipes to start a life in Cape Breton, including the now anglicized brown sugar pudding.
Mom is a fantastic baker, her blueberry pie and chocolate chip cookies are legendary. Mummy is a fantastic cook, the baker gene skipped a generation. The one thing Mummy could bake successfully was brown sugar pudding. This meant any special occasion, birthday, Sunday dinner was finished off with brown sugar pudding. And it was absolutely wonderful, trust me she did not need to know how to bake anything else. When I was growing up friends always wanted to come for dinner if brown sugar pudding was for dessert. Some even specially request it, and still do today…
There are some things you can never do as good as your mother. And even though I might try, and she may tell me I always think I am right… I know that I am definitely right when I say that I still can not make brown sugar pudding as good as my Mummy.
It is nothing fancy. It is not complicated, does not require a lot of ingredients or a stand mixer. But ohh is it heaven in a bowl. Seriously I can not convey how delicious this humble pudding is!
So try not to worry about those splatters of syrup along the plate, they will soon disappear… The Lovely Husband quickly cleaned off two plates as I attempted to take these photos.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 2 tbsp butter
- CAKE MIX
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 tbsp butter, room temperature
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- Preheat oven 350F
- Mix the water and butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. The add the brown sugar and corn starch, bring to a boil and let it boil (not rapidly) for at least 5 min. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Mix together the flour, sugar, butter, and baking powder, then add 1 cup of milk. Mix, but allow batter to remain slightly lumpy.
- Pour the hot brown sugar sauce into a greased over safe bowl, then add the pudding mix – it will raise to the top.
- Cook for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
- Let it cool about 10 min before serving.
Hope you enjoy my family classic and share with your family one Sunday dinner. If you are looking for inspiration on how to treat Mom next weekend my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers have some delicious recipes for you!
Mom’s Favorite Recipes
Starters (Appetizers, Beverages, Breakfast):
- Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal by Cooking With Carlee
- Frozen Pina Colada by The Redhead Baker
- Goats Cheese Rolls with Honey and Thyme by Manu’s Menu
- Mom’s Banana Bread by Family Around the Table
- Mom’s Famous Poppy Seed Bread With A Citrus Glaze by And She Cooks
- Mom’s Wine Spritzer by Momma’s Meals
Salads, Side Dishes, and Sauces:
- Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus by Flavor Mosaic
- Italian Country Salad by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mom’s Cucumbers in Vinegar by Simple And Savory
- Mom’s Homemade Perogies by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mom’s Potato Salad by Palatable Pastime
- Polish Haluski (Pan Fried Noodles & Sauerkraut) by The Crumby Cupcake
- Spinach Salad with Simple Vinaigrette by Cooking Chat
- Zippy Barbecue Sauce by Amee’s Savory Dish
- Chicken and Egg Salad Sandwich by The Freshman Cook
- Grilled Chicken with Poblano Cream Sauce by Casa de Crews
- Fried Smelt by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Granny Smith’s Meatloaf by Get the Good Stuff!
- Jean’s Best Vegetable Soup by Food Lust People Love
- Lemon & Garlic Herbed Roasted Chicken by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Mama’s Favorite Southern Fried Chicken by The Chef Next Door
- Mom’s Cheese & Onion Enchiladas by The TipToe Fairy
- Mom’s Lentil Toastadas by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Mom’s Moussaka by My Life Cookbook
- Shirley’s Potato Soup by Our Good Life
- Mom’s Spare Ribs To Go by An Italian in my Kitchen
- Mom’s Sukiyaki: Japanese Beef and Vegetables Hot Pot by Asian In America
- Myra’s Super Supper by Tramplingrose
- Pizza Meatloaf by A Mind Full Mom
- Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls by Cookin’ Mimi
- Apple Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Apple Crisp by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Baklava by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Brown Sugar Pudding by Un Assaggio of Food, Wine & Marriage
- Butter Balls by Feeding and More
- Carrot Cream Cheese Coffee Cake by Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Cherry Truffle Cheesecake by What Smells So Good?
- Crustless Pecan Pie Rice Pudding by Desserts Required
- Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Chocolate Buttercream by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Easy Classic Date Squares by She Loves Biscotti
- Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Cake by What The Fork Food Blog
- Homemade Chocolate Cherry Candies by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Hungarian Crepes: Palacsinta by My Gourmet Connection
- Lemon Cookies with White Chocolate and Mint by The Finer Cookie
- Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze and Roasted Strawberries by Turnips 2 Tangerines
- Mom’s Apple Pie by Wholistic Woman
- Mom’s Famous White Icing by Monica’s Table
- Moms Mayonnaise Cake by My World Simplified
- Pavlova with Raspberries and Cream by Caroline’s Cooking
- Rocky Road Brownie Sundae for Mom by The Weekend Gourmet
- Rose Shortbread Cookies by Baking Sense
- Sour Cream Cheesecake by Magnolia Days
Plus What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day plus Mom’s Favorite from Sunday Supper Movement
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