Old-Fashioned Apple Pudding

Apple Pudding

I generally like old-fashioned fruit puddings, so I was pleased when I saw a recipe for Apple Pudding in a hundred-year-old cookbook.

Apple Pudding Recipe
Source: Lycoming Valley Cook Book, compiled by the Ladies of Trout Run M.E. Church, Trout Run, PA (1907)

Most modern apple recipes call for cinnamon and other spices, so I was surprised that this recipe didn’t use any spices. But they weren’t needed–the Apple Pudding was pure apple and delightful.  The apples were embedded in a lovely moist cake pudding.

In general the directions in this old recipe are a little vague. It provides no clue how many apples should be used;  and I was left to decide what a moderate oven meant. However, the recipe was very specific that Cleveland’s Superior Baking Powder should be used. Of course, I’ve never heard of Cleveland’s and it’s probably not been made for decades. So I  had to make due with a modern baking powder brand, which worked just fine. This recipe may have been originally published by the Cleveland Baking Powder Company. Perhaps Mrs. Wm. Mock liked it, and submitted the same exact recipe for the church cookbook.

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Apple Pudding

  • Servings: 6 - 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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4 cups sliced apples

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place sliced apples into a 7 1/2  X  12  X  2 inch rectangular casserole dish, or other similarly-sized dish.

Put butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, egg, and milk into a mixing bowl; beat until smooth.  Pour the batter over the apples. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour – 1 hr, 15 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Serve warm or cool. If desired, may be served with whipped cream or milk.

58 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Apple Pudding

  1. Sounds simple and lovely! Called for a bit of creativity on your part, though, deciphering the recipe. Cheers to you!

  2. I love anything with baked apples and this recipe looks easy and tasty.
    Just can’t help but wonder – the directions mention the apples put at the bottom of the pan, while in the photo look like they are on top?

    1. I put the apples in the bottom of the pan – but the batter is quite thin so it ran down between the apples. And when the Apple Pudding was cooked, the apples ended up being a little higher than the cake pudding.

  3. What a neat idea to include a “print” button! I remembered we have some apples, and we’re having a party tomorrow. The printed recipe is here now, ready to use. Many thanks!

    1. You’re welcome. I think that you’ll like it. If you make it, it would be wonderful if you get a chance to add any comments you may have about how it turned out. It’s really helpful to other readers to read about others’ experiences.

  4. Mmmm! How interesting that leaving out the spices gives it a different, yet pleasing, taste! I remember helping my grandmother dry apples to be saved for baking things like this.

    1. I would have never thought of it, but I bet that this recipe would work well with dried apples. The batter that is poured over the apples is relatively thin – so the cooking time if fairly long. Dried apples probably would absorb some of the liquid and reduce the cooking time.

    1. I used some apples from a tree in my backyard that produces apples very early in the season. The tree was in the yard when we bought the house, so I’m not positive which variety it is, but it may be Sweet Sixteen. The recipe should work with other varieties.

  5. This is very similar to an apple cake I found a recipe for last autumn. With the abundance of apples at this time of year it makes a wonderful afternoon tea, gouter here in France, for the children.

  6. That’s a delicious looking apple pudding. I’ve never heard of homemade apple pudding before. I like that it didn’t call for cinnamon. Like you, I also find it curious.
    Thanks so much for another yummy recipe post. 🙂

    1. Even though this is an old recipe, apple pudding was “new” to me, too. I regularly make cherry pudding, and have occasionally made berry puddings, but never made apple before.

    1. I’m probably not going to describe this very well, but the apple pudding is not as “cake-like” as a typical apple cake would be. It is moist and dense and embedded with apples – but quite good. In some ways the cake pudding part of this dish is almost a cross between a custard and a cake.

  7. A “moderate” oven meant you could hold your hand inside the oven (just inside the door) and count to 10 slowly–at least, I think it was 10–it has been a long time since I had to gauge the temperature of an oven with my hand. A moderate oven meant your hand could stay comfortably inside the oven door without getting too hot. I learned it from my grandmothers, who learned to cook with wood-fired ovens.

    1. It’s really interesting how people used to know how to measure temperatures without using modern technology. I love old-fashioned practical tips like this, and feel certain that I’ll end up seeing if it works. I have always considered 350° F. to be a moderate heat. The next time I have my oven set on 350°, I’ll have to see if I can keep my hand inside the door until I count to 10. 🙂

  8. No apple trees here, but I just happen to have a pile of ripe peaches, so I’m going to try it that way. The batter is very similar to what’s used down here for cobblers. I’ll be interested to see how closely the end product resembles what I get when I use my cobbler recipe. Sometimes I’ll do a biscuit cobbler, but my grandma’s is the recipe that’s more like this — which would be from the same era.

  9. This brings back memories of when my Grandmother used to make my sister and me home made bread pudding! I would love to try this recipe out! Looks fabulous! Hugz and have a great rest of your week Sheryl! Lisa and Bear

  10. I have lots of apples at the moment. This would be a good recipe to try. I am surprised at the amount of sugar though. Maybe the sugar content is needed to compensate for the lack of fat.

  11. My husband and I made this recipe today using Empire apples and per Nancyruth’s suggestion, added cinnamon (1/2 tsp) and chopped walnuts (1/2 c). Also reduced sugar to 1 cup. Baked it 1 hour and served it warm with whipped cream. Delicious.

    1. The way you adapted the recipe sounds absolutely wonderful. I’m glad you liked it. And, thank you for taking a moment to share how you made the recipe. The old recipes that I post on this blog are so sketchy–and people considering trying a recipe really find it helpful to know not only what I did, but also the experiences of other readers.

      1. I didn’t know that. I assumed that most food was kind of bland or boring. Good to know, though.

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