Saturday, May 12, 2012

Old Fashion Apple Cinnamon Poor Man's Pudding (Pouding Chomeur aux Pommes)

Happy Saturday everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that I am also guest posting today over at Everyday Mom Meals. Go on over and check it out!! 


I have and inkling that the last of the cold weather is behind us, so I took the opportunity of a cool day this week, to bake up one of my favourite desserts, but with a twist. Poor Man's Pudding Cake originated on Quebec and being French Canadian, I grew up eating it. Usually all it is, is a cake baked a top of a ooey gooey syrup. My Mom has mentioned several times how she's been adding apples and cinnamon to her Pouding Chomeur lately, so I decided to give it a whirl I love this recipe because it uses ingredients found in anyone's pantry and it doesn't require eggs.


Anytime I make something with apples, I like to add in a touch of vanilla. The combination of the warm cinnamon with the sultry vanilla, makes my knees week. The smell is intoxicating and makes me want to devour the dessert, all by myself, LOL. This version turned out spectacularly. The apples are tender and sweet, with a nice syrup to drizzle over the moist cake. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it is desert Nirvana!!!

Old Fashion Apple Cinnamon Poor Man's Pudding Cake
(Pouding Chomeur aux Pommes)
printable version

6 apples, peeled and chopped, I used Granny Smith
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C maple syrup
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2 C hot water
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves

For batter:
1/3 C butter, melted
3/4 C sugar
1 C milk
2 C flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x9 inch square baking dish, place the apples; set aside.

In a bowl combine the melted butter, sugar, vanilla and milk, stir well to combine. Add in the flour, baking powder and salt; mix thoroughly to achieve a slightly thick but smooth batter. Pour batter onto apples, in baking dish, and spread out as evenly as possible.

In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, hot water, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Stir to combine and melt the butter. Slowly pour syrup mixture over the batter in the baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted deep into the center comes out with a few crumbs.

To serve spoon out the cake and serve cake side down, to reveal the apples. Pour additional syrup on top and a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.


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Alison @ Under the Big Oak Tree said...

This looks wonderful! My husband really loves apple desserts, so I'll have to make this for him sometime. Maybe our next cool day!

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Cindy Hunwhatsfordinner said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Alison!!

Audra @ Once a Mom Always a Cook said...

Wow! This look delish! Now following you through GFC. Would love for you to stop my blog anytime!

Winnie said...

My family loves apple-desserts (cakes, muffins ets) and I always like to try new recipes
Thanks for sharing - your dessert looks delicious!

Melynda said...

Must try this! My kind of happiness in a bowl.

Karen @BakingInATornado said...

I've never had anything like this before and can't wait to try it. I love that the topping has maple syrup. YUM.

Anonymous said...

before the ice cream on this wonderful dessert......you say pour syrup, what do you mean are we to set aside some of the syrup, or what????

Cindy Jamieson said...

The syrup you make using the brown sugar, maple syrup, hot water, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, to pour over the apples before baking doesn't thicken too much, so you just spoon some of that syrup over the cake, when you plate it.

Anonymous said...

I just tried to make this cake. I put it in the Oven for 30 minutes to cook and when I checked it everything was all sloshy. Put it back in for another 15 minutes and It still was not done. I'm going to try another 15 minutes and we will see how it goes.

Cindy Jamieson said...

It will be sloshy, since there is syrup at the bottom of the pan. As long as a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs, you should be fine. The bottom will never dry out.

Alyx O said...

how many servings does the recipe make?!

Cindy @ Hun What's Dinner? said...

About 6-9 servings, depending on how big they are.

Anonymous said...

i poured all of the syrup over my cake. the recipe did not specify how much to pour over. if you make this you will only need to pour 1/2 of the mixture over. o have a big mess in my oven to clean now. :(

Cindy @ Hun What's for Dinner? said...

I'm very sorry to hear that. As the recipe specifies, all of the syrup goes over the cake. As the cake bakes and rises, the syrup sinks down to the bottom of the dish and cooks the apples. Using the correct size pan helps make sure the syrup doesn't overflow.