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Just Desserts: Chômeur

 

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Chômeur is one of those great desserts that says, “Winter in Canada,” or more specifically, “Winter in French Canada.” This classic Québécois dessert was developed in the great depression, the 1930s, when money was scarce but the appetite for little treat was as strong as ever. The name says it all; pouding chômeur literally translates to “unemployment pudding” or “poor man’s pudding.” Maple syrup was always relatively easy to find in the rural areas of Quebec, and it is this easily accessed and quintessential Canadian ingredient that serves as the main spokesperson for this baked pudding. Academics point to this dessert as a classic example of two cultures combining their traditions, in this case Aboriginal and European cuisine. Continue »