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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Apple Nut Pudding (Very Old Family Recipe)

This is one of those pudding recipes that actually means "cake." It's one of my very favorite dessert recipes of all time and brings with it all sorts of good family memories.

This recipe fits in the categories "traditional family recipe" and "tried and true recipe" because it comes from my maternal great grandmother (who died when I was two years old), and I don't know when it started before that. Since Grandma was born in Denmark, it may very well have come from there. Whatever the case, this "pudding" is oh, so tasty...

Of course, these days I make it with whole wheat flour and honey (and/or raw sugar).

Apple Nut Pudding
Yield: 8" square pan (about 9 servings)

2 eggs
1/2 c. honey or 1 c. raw sugar (or 1/4 c. honey and 1/2 c. raw sugar)
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. chopped nuts (the original recipe calls for walnuts, but as my mom is allergic to them, pecans were a good substitute when I was growing up--or omit the nuts altogether; it will still be good)
1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
1 1/2 c. diced raw apples

Beat eggs until fluffy. Add honey or raw sugar gradually, beating in each addition thoroughly.

Stir into this mixture the sifted flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Add almond extract, nuts (if using), and diced apples. Mix well.

Pour into well greased 8-inch square pan. (Double recipe for 9 x 12 pan.)

Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 min, or until crisp and golden. Serve with whipped cream (the real kind, not the oily stuff from the can :)).


Kate said...

This sounds delicious! It's very likely that your great grandmother also used a form of raw sugar. Do you think some of the flour and almond essence could be replaced with ground almonds?

Katrina said...

I doubt she did, but it was probably less processed than today's refined sugar--at the very least, it wasn't genetically modified sugar cane. That's a great idea to try ground almonds! I've never tried it and don't know anything about cooking with ground almonds, but if it works, please let me know! Now if only almonds weren't so expensive...


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