Poor man’s maple-flavoured-milk pudding

This poor man’s pudding tops my list of comforting recipes in my culinary repertoire. Inspired by the one my mom used to make, it always takes me back to holidays at home. Mouth-watering aromas from the maple ham and turkey roasting in the oven under my grandma’s watchful eye wafted through the house all day. It was the best of times! Mom put on her finest clothes and jewellery. Dad would be the first to take to the dance floor with his stylish moves – wonderful memories I’ll treasure forever!


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Place all the syrup ingredients in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 4 minutes on high. Remove from the microwave and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a square Pyrex-style dish, about 9” X 9” (23 X 23 cm).
  3. In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter. Using a fork or your hands, mix in the butter until the dough forms small pea-sized pieces.
  4. Make a small well in the centre and pour in the milk, beaten egg and rum.
  5. Gently mix all the ingredients together until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Do not overmix. Spoon the dough, spoonful by spoonful, onto the hot syrup, covering the entire area.
  6. Cook in the centre of the oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool 5 minutes and enjoy!

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Montreal, Quebec

Samuel Joubert may claim he’s no professional chef, but his immeasurable love of all things food-related sets him apart from other epicureans.

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