I bet you can’t have just one spoonful.


My husband has a sweet tooth. I know what you are all thinking, that’s why he married me. Well, there is that of course. 🙂

Then there’s his second love. Dessert.

He especially loves the traditional French Canadian dessert called Pouding Chomeur. The only time he gets to eat this dessert is when we go to a restaurant in Quebec that serves it, which is about once a year.

A few years ago, we were having family over for a dinner party the next day and my husband suggested we serve Pouding Chomeur for dessert.

Me: “They won’t like it.”

Hubby: “They’ll love it.”

Me: “I don’t like it.”

Hubby: “You’ve never tried it, how can you say you won’t like it?”

Me:  “It’s too sweet.”

Hubby: “Dessert can never be too sweet.”

Me: (I know, our discussions can be so mature at times).  “Okay, I’ll make it, but you’ll have to go out and get some more fresh fruit because I think I need to make a fruit salad as a back-up. There’s no way people (and by people, I meant me) can have more than a spoonful of that chomeur thing.”

Hubby: “I bet you can’t have just one spoonful.”

Me: “I bet I can.”

Game on.

We make a lot of bets with each other. For example…(well, never mind, you all know my noodle is already a bit twisted, you don’t need more ammunition, I’ll save those other bets for another blog).

We never bet for anything tangible, except for bragging rights.

I made the first part of this dessert and then put it in the refrigerator.

The next day, before our guests arrived, I whipped up the next step for this dessert while my husband was out running an errand.

After it was made, I decided to take a taste…just a tiny spoonful of course.

Sweet with a hint of saltines.

Just another tiny bite.

Soft and smooth.

Okay, maybe another little taste.


Okay, might as well have another bite. As the spoonful of heavenly, sweetness was on its way to my lips, I heard the front door opening.

My husband had returned.

Oh, shit, he’ll win the bet.

Chew. Swallow.

I looked into the ramekin, there was one more bite left, plus I’d have to scrape the sauce and some of the cakey portion, rinse it out and shove it into the dishwasher.

I had time. I heard him take off his shoes.

There was more than a damn spoonful to eat in order to hide the evidence and enjoy.

Any minute now he’d be rounding the corner into the kitchen.

Chew. Swallow. Try not to choke. 

Just so you all know, I’m a slow eater. I’m usually the last to finish my meal, while everyone is ready to leave the table. Eating fast without bodily injury takes practice, I suppose.

Chew. Fast. Faster…OUCH! I was suddenly in a shitload of pain.

My ear was and jaw felt like someone had given me a right hook. Not that I ever had a punch in the face, but I imagine that’s what it would have felt like.

I couldn’t speak.

Time to play charades to let my husband know that I had dislocated my jaw.

He was ready to take me to the E.R. but after a few minutes, I was able to move my jaw without screaming in pain, and placed an ice pack against my face.

I was pretty sure nothing was dislocated because after massaging life back into my cheek and jaw, I could open and close my mouth, with pain, but still there was good movement.

I have no idea what I did, but I will never chew that fast again.

My face hurt and so did my pride.

I lost another bet.

I was not too chatty during dinner that night.

Moral of the story. Don’t bet with my husband, he always seems to win.

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday and to the Pouding Chomeur Recipe:

Close your eyes (well, after you read this of course) and imagine a buttery biscuit topped with sticky toffee pudding, swimming in a bowl of real maple syrup and velvety rich cream.

That’s what Pouding Chomeur tastes like.

It’s quick, easy to make, no-stress dinner party dessert, and the ingredients are probably things you have hanging around your house.



2 large eggs

2/3 cup unsalted butter

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour (I make it with a mixture of gluten-free flour & almond flour, but if you are not worried about gluten, go ahead and use all purpose flour)

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups maple syrup

2 cups heavy cream

1 tsp. salt


In a bowl add: flour, baking powder and salt and mix together. Then set aside.

In another bowl, beat butter and white and brown sugars until smooth.

Add vanilla and keep beating.

Add eggs one at the time and keep beating, until everything is mixed well and smooth.

Stir in the flour mixture until all the flour is completely incorporated.

Put in refrigerator and chill overnight.

Next day: Preheat oven a 450 F

On the stove top, bring maple syrup and cream to a boil in a saucepan, stirring and keep your eye on it so that it doesn’t spill over.

Lightly grease six ramekins with butter.

Divide dough in each ramekin.

Fill each ramekin with the maple syrup, cream mixture.

Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minute.

Optional: Serve with vanilla ice-cream

Optional: Wrap up as a gift with instructions, to microwave on high 30 seconds before eating.


For more Tasty Tuesday treats, please stop by my fellow authors and pick up a few recipes:

My Grandmother’s Shortbread by Nancy Lauzon

Mulled Wine by Pg Forte

A Good Cuppa by A. Catherine Noon

29 responses to “I bet you can’t have just one spoonful.”

  1. That sounds so good going to have to try it. I am a dessert girl to and I love it’s easy to do. Thanks Selena


    1. Hi, Kelly, thanks for stopping by. It is easy to do and your guests will think you spent all day making it. 🙂


  2. Oh WOW… that sounds amazingly delicious. I’m glad you didn’t actually dislocate your jaw 🙂


  3. Hmmm, it seems delicious!


  4. I really need to stay away from food postings so late at night. 🙂 This sounds really good! I have the major sweet tooth of the family so this sounds right up my alley. I’m glad your jaw is okay.


    1. Hi, Colleen, thanks for stopping by. Love your avatar. 🙂

      This will satisfy anyone with a major sweet tooth.


  5. I really need to stop reading anything about food this late at night. It’s a little after midnight and now I want a snack. 🙂 Anyway, this sounds so good! I’m glad your jaw is doing better.


  6. Sounds delicious. I’ll have to try this.


  7. God bless you. I was just wondering why I didn’t have a recipe for a”buttery biscuit topped with sticky toffee pudding, swimming in a bowl of real maple syrup and velvety rich cream” ;). I’m going to make this sometime in the next few days.


    1. Thank you, Sherri. Hope your family enjoys it, let me know how it goes.


  8. What a great post! I can just picture you and Mr. Rugged. It goes without saying that my hubby — he needs a nickname too, what shall I call him? — would love this dessert. The sweeter the better as far as he’s concerned. Maybe I’ll make this for his birthday. Thanks, Selena!


    1. Hi, Nancy, I know you can picture the conversation, you probably heard this type of back and forth dialogue between us. LOL


  9. I think I’ll call him Mr. Rock, since his name is Peter.


    1. LOL Mr. Rock, yes, that suits him. He’ll love this dessert and it’s really easy.


  10. LOL! I’m not laughing at your pain, really, I’m not. It’s just, well it freaking figures something like that would happen. I always get caught when I cheat in bets with my hubby too. It sucks! Why can’t we just cheat and get away with it?! LOL. I’m sorry about your jaw! 😦 but on a happier note, I have a big sweet tooth and can’t wait to try this! Great blog, Selena! xoxo


    1. Hi, Kristy, thanks for dropping by.

      It’s okay to LOL, everyone in my family and my friends do all the time. I know they are laughing with me.

      I don’t think it was cheating, exactly. I did stop between spoonfuls. 😉

      Glad you like the recipe and let me know how you like it.


  11. What happened to my comment?


    1. Hi. Madison. This is the only comment that came through

      WordPress can be wonky at times, maybe it needs sugar 🙂

      Post it again if you would like and I can trouble shoot from there if there is another problem.



  12. never heard of this! But your description alone has sold me on it. Yum!


  13. How can I make this vegan? I don’t do dairy anymore even though I’ll still gnaw sometimes on chicken and fish…. maybe Christmas is time to forget rules and just make this delicious dessert. I definitely have lots of maple syrup. OMG Selena it looks so good … Tweeting this now.


    1. Thanks, Chickie. If you forget the rules, then you’ll enjoy it this way. For Vegan, you could try substituting the eggs with egg-free mayonnaise, and for the cream, try soy based cream or something with that consistency, but I don’t know how it will turn out.


    2. Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples Avatar
      Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples

      Sophie does a lot of Vegan goodies….


      1. Hi, Phil, thanks for the link, comes in handy when I do vegan, which is about once a month. 🙂


  14. Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples Avatar
    Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples

    Oh my…you teaser you….lol!


    1. Hi, Phil, thanks for stopping by and me a teaser? Well, yes, I suppose you could be right, and my husband would agree. LOL


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