Pudding Dessert Recipes

Pudding DessertOld Fashioned Homemade Pudding Dessert
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You'll want to try these old fashioned pudding dessert recipes. They are easy to make, and they are delicious. One of my favorite desserts is the Lemon Fluff Pudding. Mom often made it in the summertime. It's colorful, light, and tasty with the tang of lemon.

Also, the Nantucket Pudding is delicious, and the Raspberry Cracker Pudding is to die for. You'll also enjoy the Transparent Pudding, as it's tasty and unique, as are the Saucer Puddings. Be sure to try them all.

Vintage Pudding Dessert Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (ca. 1920s)

Preparing a Pudding DessertYou Can Prepare a Homemade Pudding Dessert Today
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Rosalie Carrot Pudding

Vintage Rosalie Carrot PuddingCarrot Pudding

Two large, raw, grated carrots, three cupfuls of bread crumbs, six tablespoonfuls of flour, six heaping tablespoonfuls of finely chopped suet, half a cupful of Sultan raisins, one cupful of stoned-and-halved dates, a quarter of a cupful of chopped citron peel, two tablespoonfuls of blanched-and-chopped almonds, one teaspoonful of powdered ginger, three well-beaten eggs, half a teaspoonful of salt, half a cupful of molasses, and one cupful of milk.

Mix all these ingredients together, pour into a buttered mold and cover with a buttered paper, and steam for three hours. Serve with hot milk, rich cream, or a sweet dessert sauce.

Easy Toby Pudding Dessert Recipe

Use stale bread and two cupfuls of lemon or other fruit-flavored jelly.

Cut the bread into small dice. Fill a buttered mold nearly full of the dice, pour over it the jelly, hot, and leave in a cool place until it has set. Turn out when firm and serve with sweetened whipped cream.

Royal Breadcrumb Pudding with Apricots

Six ounces of breadcrumbs, one cupful of thick cream, half a can of apricots, two tablespoonfuls of browned breadcrumbs, three tablespoonfuls of sugar, one teaspoonful of vanilla extract, three eggs, and a quarter of a teaspoonful of salt.

Whip up the cream until stiff, then add the yolks of the eggs, the salt, sugar, vanilla, and the whites of the eggs beaten to a stiff froth.

Butter a mold and dust it with the browned breadcrumbs, put in a layer of the white breadcrumbs, then a layer of the apricots and some of the mixture, continue this until the mold is full.

Bake for thirty minutes. Serve decorated with sweetened whipped cream.

Nova Scotia Blueberry Grunt

BlueberriesBlueberries for Blueberry Grunt Pudding
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This is a delicious pudding dessert recipe that's well known in Canada's Atlantic Provinces. It can be made using a variety of seasonal fruits, and it's named after the grunting sounds it sometimes makes while cooking in a covered pot.

To make this old fashioned pudding dessert recipe, put 1 quart ripe blueberries, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup water in a large pot, cover with a lid, and boil gently until there's plenty of juice.

Drop the Dumpling dough by spoonfuls onto the hot blueberries in the pot. Tightly cover the pot and cook for about 15 minutes without removing the lid.

Serves best while hot. It's also good when made with raspberries, blackberries, rhubarb, apples, or strawberries in season.

To Make the Dumplings:

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon shortening

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a bowl. Cut in the butter and shortening and add enough milk to make a soft biscuit-like dough.

Apple Caramel Pudding

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
6 apples sliced

Melt butter, then stir sugar, flour, salt, and walnuts into butter, then pour over apples in baking dish. Bake one hour.

Old Fashioned Fruit Betty

This old fashioned pudding dessert recipe is easy to make and delicious when prepared with almost any fruit in season.

Fruit Betty PuddingOld Fashioned Fruit Betty Pudding with Apples
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Into a buttered pudding dish put a layer of raw fruit — sliced apples or peaches or raspberries are especially good in this dessert.

Sprinkle with sugar. Add a layer of soft, stale bread crumbs, dot with bits of butter, add another layer of fruit and repeat to fill the dish, having a layer of crumbs and dots of butter on top.

Bake in the oven, covering closely for the next 20 minutes of cooking to allow the steam from the fruit to moisten the crumb topping.

Lemon Fluff Pudding with Custard Sauce

Mom loved making this vintage pudding dessert recipe, and we loved its tangy lemon flavor. Kept cool, it's a fine dessert to take on picnics.

3/4 cup sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 eggs separated

1. Mix sugar, gelatin, and salt in large bowl. Pour in boiling water, stir till gelatin dissolves, then stir in lemon rind and juice.

2. Speed chilling by placing in refrigerator, stir often.

3. Stir in egg whites, beat until it triples in size, about 10 minutes.

4. Pour into 6-cup mold. Chill in refrigerator.

5. Invert on serving plate and serve with a Golden Custard Sauce.

Golden Custard Sauce Recipe:

2 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup milk
Pinch of salt

Combine ingredients and cook until sauce thickens or coats spoon, add vanilla to taste. Makes 1 cupful custard sauce.

Old Time Carrot Pudding Dessert Recipe

Carrot Puddings with Dessert SauceIndividual Carrot Puddings Served with Hard Sauce
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Suet Substitute

Freeze an equal amount of shortening until firm, then pulse it in a food processor to create nugget-sized pieces.  Butter can NOT be used.

1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated potato
1 cup bread crumbs
1 cup raisins
1 cup currants
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped suet
2 tablespoons sour milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Mix ingredients in the order given, turn into a greased mold; cover and steam 3 hours. Or put in individual molds and steam 1-1/4 hours.

Serve with hard or liquid pudding sauce.

Old Fashioned Pudding Dessert Recipes

The White House Cook Book (1913)

Enjoy pudding desserts once served to the First Family in residence and in the White House dining room at official functions.

Boiled Batter Pudding

Sift together a pint of flour and a teaspoonful of baking powder into a deep dish, sprinkle in a little salt, adding also a tablespoonful of melted butter.

Stir into this gradually a pint of milk; when quite smooth, add four eggs, yolks and whites beaten separately.

Now add enough more flour to make a very stiff batter. If liked, any kind of fruit may be stirred into this; a pint of berries, or sliced fruit. Boil two hours.

Serve with cream and sugar, wine sauce, or any sweet sauce.

Raspberry Cracker Pudding

For this fine pudding dessert recipe you need one large teacupful of cracker crumbs, one quart of milk, one spoonful of flour, a pinch of salt, the yolks of three eggs, one whole egg, and half a cupful of sugar.

Flavor with vanilla, adding a little pinch of salt. Mix together. Bake in a moderate oven.

When done, spread over the top, while hot, a pint of well-sugared raspberries.

Then beat the whites of the three eggs very stiff, with two tablespoonfuls of sugar, a little lemon extract, or whatever one prefers.

Spread this meringue over the berries and bake a light brown. Serve with fruit sauce made of raspberries.

Cherry Pudding, Boiled or Steamed

Two eggs well beaten, one cupful of sweet milk, sifted flour enough to make a stiff batter, two large teaspoonfuls of baking powder, a pinch of salt, and as many cherries as can be stirred in.

Boil one hour or steam and serve with liquid sauce.

Cranberries, currants, peaches, cherries, or any tart fruit is nice used with this vintage pudding dessert recipe. Serve with a sweet dessert sauce.

Transparent Pudding

A small cupful of fresh butter warmed, but not melted; one cupful of sifted sugar creamed with the butter; a teaspoonful of nutmeg, grated; eight eggs, yolks and whites beaten separately.

Beat the butter and sugar light, and then add the nutmeg and the beaten eggs, which should be stirred in gradually; flavor with vanilla, almond, peach, or rose water; stir hard; butter a deep dish, line with puff paste, and bake half an hour.

Then make a meringue for the top and brown in oven. Serve cold.

Rice Snow Balls

Wash two teacupfuls of rice and boil it in one teacupful of water and one of milk, with a little salt; if the rice is not tender when the milk and water are absorbed, add a little more milk and water.

When the rice is tender, flavor with vanilla, form it into little balls, or mold it into a compact form with little cups; place these rice balls around the inside of a deep dessert dish, fill the dish with a rich soft custard and serve either hot or cold.

The custard and the balls should be flavored with the same flavoring preferred.

Nantucket Pudding

One quart of berries or any small fruit, two tablespoonfuls of flour, two tablespoonfuls of sugar; simmer together and turn into molds; cover with frosting as for cake, or with whipped eggs and sugar, browning lightly in the oven; serve with cream.

Saucer Puddings

For this old time pudding dessert recipe you need two tablespoonfuls of flour, two tablespoonfuls of powdered sugar, three eggs, a teacupful of milk, butter, preserve of any kind.

Mix the flour and sugar, beat the eggs, add them to the milk, and beat up with the flour and sugar.

Butter well three saucers, half fill them with the mixture, and bake in a quick oven about twenty minutes.

Remove them from the saucers when cool enough, cut in half, and spread a thin layer of preserves between each half; close them again, and serve with cream.

Sunderland Pudding

One cupful of sugar, half a cupful of cold butter, a pint of milk, two cupfuls of sifted flour, and five eggs.

Make the milk hot; stir in the butter and let it cool before the other ingredients are added to it; then stir in the sugar, flour, and eggs, which should be well whisked and omit the whites of two; flavor with a little grated lemon rind and beat the mixture well.

Butter some small cups, rather more than half fill them; bake from twenty minutes to half an hour, according to the size of the puddings, and serve with fruit, custard, or wine sauce, a little of which may be poured over them.

They may be dropped by spoonfuls on buttered tins and baked, if cups are not convenient.

Recipe for Wine or Brandy Sauce:

Take one cupful of butter, two of powdered sugar, the whites of two eggs, five tablespoonfuls of sherry wine (or brandy), and a quarter of a cupful of boiling water.

Beat butter and sugar to a cream, add the whites of the eggs, one at a time, unbeaten, and then the wine or brandy. Place the bowl in hot water and stir till smooth and frothy.

Old Fashioned Pudding Dessert Recipe

Dr. Chase's Third, Last and Complete Receipt Book (1891)

Naples Pudding, The Duke of Cambridge Pudding


Candied lemon, orange and citron, each, 1 ounce; butter and pulverized sugar, each, 6 ounces; yolks of 4 eggs; rich puff paste, or well-buttered bread, to line the dish.


Chop the candied peel finely, put the rich crust or paste into the dish, else line it with bread well buttered on both sites; then put in the chopped mixture; warm the butter and sugar together, adding the well-beaten yolks, stirring over the fire until it boils; then pour this over the other and bake in a slow oven 1 hour; or, in place of the butter, beat the whites of the eggs also with the yolk, and make a custard with milk, 1 quart; sugar the same, and pour over, and bake 3/4 hour.

Remarks: This old fashioned pudding dessert recipe makes you two puddings for variety's sake — make one way at one time, and the other way next time.

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