DEPRESSION ERA PUDDINGS - PART TWO

DEPRESSION ERA PUDDINGS - PART TWO

DEPRESSION ERA CARAMEL PUDDING

Or sometimes called “Burnt Sugar Pudding”, had a distinctive caramelized sugar flavor.

Melt slowly:
1 c. sugar - in heavy pan until caramel color

Add:
1 c. water, stir to dissolve

Add:
1 c. milk and bring to a slow boil

Mix:
2 T. cornstarch in 1/2 c. water

Add to milk mixture and simmer until it thickens.

DEPRESSION ERA VELVET PUDDING

Whenever flour was used to thicken those puddings they became smooth and velvety like this pudding named for it’s texture.

Melt:
3 T. butter

Add:
3 T. flour - stir well ove low heat

Add:
2 c. milk - all at once stirring continuously. Cook a few minutes.

Add:
1/4 c. sugar
Pinch salt
Some cinnamon - to taste

Good as is or with cream.

DEPRESSION ERA BROWN SUGAR CORNSTARCH PUDDING

Mix:
1 c. brown sugar (some recipes used 1/2 c. or 2 c.)
4 T. cornstarch

Add:
1/2 c. cold water

Add to: 1 1/2 c. boiling water

Cook till thick and smooth, while stirring; add vanilla and nuts. SErve in berry dishes with cream.

DEPRESSION ERA BROWN SUGAR BUTTER SAUCE

Mix:
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. cornstarch

Dissolve in:
1/2 c. cold water

Add to:
1/2 c. boiling water

Cook till syrupy, about 5 minutes. ADd vanilla, butter and pinch of salt, cool.

DEPRESSION ERA BUTTER SAUCE:

Recipe same as above but uses white sugar.

DEPRESSION ERA COTTAGE PUDDING

Ladle butter sauce over dry cake. Best served with warm sauce. Berries were added for further enjoyment.

DEPRESSION ERA RHBARB PUDDING

Another inexpensive pudding to “fill the cracks” was this simple dessert. Cook young rhubarb until tender. Sweeten to taste (or however much sugar you could spare). Thicken with a little cornstarch mixed with water. Cook 1 minute longer. Serve cold with cream.

DEPRESSION ERA POOR MAN’S PUDDING

Combine:
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
Pinch salt
1/2 c. milk

Spread in baking pan.

Mix:
1 c. brown sugar
2 c. hot water
1 T. butter
1/2 t. nutmeg

Pour over batter and bake at 350* F. for 1/2 hour.