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Pouding Chômeur was conceived in trying times. Translated, it is "poor/unemployed man's pudding", and its early incarnations were eaten in Quebec's depression of the late 1920's-early 3o's and used variations of sugar or maple syrup, shortening, flour and milk. The beauty of this recipe is its ability to provide the comfort that only sweet, rich and homely foods can. It's perfect for a recession winter, a little sadness, some spiritual troubles: keeping it simple with a humble treat. But what a treat! The texture is a cross between a pound cake, a dense pudding, and sticky bun, topped with a caramelized crust. It can double down for a decadent breakfast or a dinner party dessert, baked in individual bowls. I'd like to experiment adding apple or pear in the bottom to pretend it is even vaguely healthful. But really, healthful is a little beside the point with this category of treats. The point is to be soothed, soothed with butter and sugar. Is there anything better? No.