Gluten Free Chomeur Pudding – Pouding Chômeur – Poor Man's Pudding (Dairy-Free or Not)

Gluten Free Chomeur Pudding

Chomeur, French for “unemployed” and pounding for “pudding” was originally known as the poor man’s pudding during the depression. It was created in Quebec Canada by female factory workers. This particular gluten free chomeur pudding is far from a poor man’s dessert. Pound cake-like near the surface, with a pudding texture closer to the bottom, and a maple caramel sauce that is out of this world. I’ve also added an inexpensive alternative recipe in the Tips section.

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Gluten Free Donair Recipe

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This gluten free donair recipe was adapted from Harvard University’s Donair recipe. Donairs are similar to gyros but better. The history behind donairs is very interesting. When Peter and John Kamoulakos tried to introduce their Nova Scotia restaurant clientele to lamb gyros, it did not go over very well. They changed the lamb to beef and created a sweet sauce (some say using evaporated milk, sugar, vinegar and garlic powder). Today there are two restaurants in Ontario, Canada named Halifax Donair (Halifax is a municipality [large city] in Nova Scotia). You will find many Canadian pizza restaurants serving donairs and donair pizzas. This gluten free donair recipe is my version of this very messy, yet savory and sweet fare. Continue reading “Gluten Free Donair Recipe”

Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars Without Coconut

Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars without Coconut

With the hot weather we’ve been having, I thought I would make a no-bake dessert. Nanaimo bars are a Canadian treat. I substituted the traditional packaged pudding (or packaged pastry cream, depending upon brand) with gluten-free cream cheese (just 2 tablespoons). You can always use your own homemade custard. Mothers and grandmothers used to make these for their kids beginning in the 50’s and 60’s, and some still do. I made them without coconut, due to food allergies. Shredded coconut is usually used in the bottom layer. I substituted coarsely chopped almond meal. You can use regular. I just ground my own. This is a special treat that everyone can enjoy because you can change ingredients fairly easily to allow for food allergies. Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars Without Coconut”