Old Coffee Pudding Recipe

Coffee Pudding
Coffee Pudding

Lattes, coffee-flavored candy, coffee ice cream. . . I like them all, so when I saw a recipe for Coffee Pudding in a hundred-year-old Ladies Home Journal I had to try it.

The verdict — I loved the Coffee Pudding. This delightful dessert was easy to make, and it sort of reminded me of a Frappuccino, but smoother and deceptively light. I thoroughly enjoyed the Coffee Pudding — and tried not to think about the hefty amounts of cream and sugar in it. (I’ll worry about that tomorrow.)

Coffee Pudding

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup cold coffee

dash salt

3/4 heavy whipping cream

Combine eggs, sugar, coffee, and salt; then put through a strainer to remove any clumps of egg white. Put the strained liquid into a sauce pan (use double boiler if available), and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Remove from heat and chill.

After the mixture has chilled, put the whipping cream in a separate bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the chilled coffee mixture. If desired, put the pudding in individual serving cups or bowls.

Adapted from a recipe in Ladies Home Journal (February, 1915)

45 thoughts on “Old Coffee Pudding Recipe

      1. Me too.. I should post a few from the AMERICAN FAMILY COOKBOOK, I have an old copy from 1886? Mrs. Gillette’s recipes are written in paragraph form!

  1. I enjoy coffee desserts, too, and this looks like a good one. But after one trial run, it’s only for company. I don’t need to eat an entire batch myself! It reminds me of a dessert my mother often served, called chocolate cream. I think I may even have thrown it out, because it involved such things as six eggs, a pound of butter, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa. That was it. My arteries thanked me when it was gone.
    This one isn’t so — laden. 🙂

  2. I think that people worried more about throwing left-overs (including coffee) out a hundred years ago than what they do now. The page in the magazine where I found this recipe contained several recipes that called for cold coffee. Another coffee recipe that I thought sounded good was for coffee buns (rolls). I may have to make it for a future post.

    1. I also was pleased to find it. Sometimes I look at old recipes and think. . . hmm. . . would I like this? . . . and other times I see a recipe and think that it sounds wonderful and I can hardly wait to try it. This recipe is an example of the latter.

    1. I also love desserts that contain coffee. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this morning that today was National Coffee Day. I had no clue that it was coming up when I did this post.

    1. I’ve seen several different 100-year-old recipes that call for coffee; usually within the context of using up leftovers. I think that it really bothered people back then if they had to throw away food (and they even hating throwing out a little coffee left in a pot), so they often had recipes that utilized leftovers.

  3. It’s absolutely delicious!

    I served it to a friend who didn’t know it was old. He’s one of those people who prefers everything modern; he has to have the last and latest.

    He “ooh”ed and “ah”ed all the way through the pudding. Can you imagine his surprise when I told him it was a hundred-year-old recipe?

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