Traditional Quebec Poor Man’s Maple Syrup Pudding

Baking this pudding in a clear dish lets you see the magic of the syrup going down to the bottom while the cake floats on top.  Serving with a dollop of sour cream is a nice contrast for this VERY sweet, but easy to make dessert.

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Cake layer ingredients:
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4  cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla

Sauce layer ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Grease an 8”x8” glass or metal baking dish.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
Using a mixer, beat the sugar and butter until they are light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.
Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the milk in 2 parts, until smooth and combined.
Scrape the batter into the prepared dish.

Combine the syrup ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil for two minutes. Cool for one minute, then carefully pour the sauce over the batter, avoiding making holes in the batter.  Do not stir.
Bake in centre of the preheated oven until golden and the centre of the cake bounces back when touched, about 40 minutes.
When it comes out of the oven it’s quite runny, but the syrup thickens as it cools a bit. Dust with icing sugar as a garnish.
Serve warm, with sour cream, ice-cream or whipped cream if desired.

Adapted from Canada’s Favourite Recipes, by Rose Murray & Elizabeth Baird

Corn on the Cob & Chicken in a Pot

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This is a hearty and wholesome meal that you can make in one pot in about an hour.  We like it with Reesor’s sweet corn, of course!

3 Tbsp butter or oil
3 lbs. chicken legs, about 10
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp tarragon leaves or thyme
1/2 cup water
3 or 4 cobs of corn, in halves or thirds
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1” chunks
2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1” chunks

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Melt butter or oil; add chicken.   Turn the chicken over to avoid sticking and cook until chicken is lightly browned.
Reduce heat to medium, add the minced garlic, and salt & pepper. Stir to avoid burning the garlic.
Add cobs of corn, tarragon or thyme and water. Cover and cook until chicken is fork tender (20-25 minutes).
Place zucchini on top of chicken and corn, cover and steam for 3-6 minutes.
Remove from heat. Add tomatoes. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve.

Adapted from the cookbook, Land o’ Lakes “Treasury of Country Recipes”.