Tapioca Cream

I admit, I’m not a fan of tapioca. I know lots of people love it, but it just never clicked for me. Doing some research led me to discover there are two preparations for tapioca and both result in what Americans think of as pudding – a creamy, soft dessert. It can be served warm … Continue reading

Cottage Pudding

Cottage Pudding was a tremendously popular dessert in the second half of the 19th century. Apparently it was originally devised or published during the 1860s, with popularity growing until it appeared in the 1896 Fannie Farmer cookbook. As we have previously learned, “pudding” doesn’t necessarily mean the dish is a soft and squishy milk based … Continue reading

Prune Pudding

Modern day prunes have a bad rap, but in history a prune was just a type of plum. There are different types of plums, and one thing that differentiates them is how easily the stone or pit comes out. Prunes are freestone, meaning their stone comes out easily, whereas most plums available in the grocer’s … Continue reading

Chocolate Cream Pudding

A pudding isn’t necessarily what Americans picture when someone says “pudding.” A traditional “figgy pudding” of Christmas carol fame is more like a fruit cake, and I have a recipe for an upside down pudding that really is a self-saucing cake. However, this pudding sounds like it might actually be a molded pudding, with consistence … Continue reading

When life gives you lemons…

Make lemon sponge! This clipping from a newspaper comes from a very old book I have. The pages are falling apart and falling out, but there is a wealth of recipes and notes in it, so I hope I can get them scanned to save them. The book is terribly damaged from years of use … Continue reading

Apple Brown Betty

This clipped recipe for Apple Brown Betty harkens back to the 1860s when the recipe was first mentioned in print. A “Betty” is a dessert generally made with a pudding layer, spiced fruit layer and crust layer, and often served with a lemon or creamy topping. Apparently, Apple Brown Betty was a favorite dessert of … Continue reading

Chocolate Shape

This recipe from Maggie Ritchey might remind you of one of her previous entries, Corn Flour Shape, but I bet it doesn’t taste all that bad. In fact, I suspect this would taste lovely. It is chocolate, after all. It sounds like a pudding, but not in the traditional sense that it was boiled in … Continue reading