Tis the season to eat maple!
March is Maple time! I love maple, I really do. I also love desserts. I therefore ADORE maple desserts!
For all you non Canadians out there, let me explain to you what the maple season entails in the province of Quebec.
Traditionally, the places in the country that have many maple trees and produce lots of maple syrup have a shack. That shack is called a sugar shack, or “cabane à sucre” in French. There, people from all around indulge in traditional Quebec food.
Eggs, ham, beans, pea soup, potatoes and bread, all of it smothered in maple syrup. The desserts include sugar pie, maple candies, and my personal favourite: pouding chomeur or “lazy man’s pudding” as anglophones have translated it to.
It is a vanilla cake that has been baked with maple syrup in it. Served with ice cream, it is heaven in a bowl.
The vanilla cake recipe was found on Allrecipes, a great website.
For all you gluten intolerants out there, now you can finally enjoy it!
For 12 people, you will need:
3/4 cup rice flour
1/3 cup tapioca
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp flax meal
3/4 cup cane sugar
1/3 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven at 350 F.
Grease an 8 inch cake pan with butter.
Mix rice flour, tapioca, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and flax meal in a bowl.
Mix eggs, sugar and yogurt until fluffy.
Add flour mix, milk, vanilla and mix well.
Spread batter in pans.
Drizzle the cake with maple syrup.
Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake springs back.
Let it cool.
Serve it with one scoop of vanilla icre cream.
If you want to be truly truly healthy, take a individual container or vanilla greek yogurt. Stick a toothpick in it and put it in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
Now, try to take the yogurt out of the container (tis no easy task) and serve it with your pouding chomeur.
Try not to devour it in seconds, I dare you. Easier said than done.