oh-mazing ozark pudding

by jani on July 25, 2012

My parents had a summer home on Beaver Lake just outside Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I can’t even begin to explain how cool it was to spend our summers there. Daddy grew up in St Louis at the turn of the century. He was just an eight-year old boy during the 1904 St Louis World Fair. His best childhood memories were spent in the Ozarks of Southern Missouri. That’s how we found Eureka Springs in the early 1960s. Daddy wanted to retrace his trip and before we knew it, we were in the northeast corner of Arkansas in the heart of the Ozarks and my dad was purchasing the property on Beaver Lake. The following photo is of the Basin Park Hotel ( the green awning on the left). It sits just down from the town’s famous Flatiron Building.

And this indirectly leads to my next story:

The other day I found a treasure. Not every person looking at this old file container would see it as such… but it truly is! It’s my mom’s 1950s recipe file. On the right is my great Tante Kate’s German Rouladen recipe. There’s so much history behind all of these recipes! And on the lower left…

…is the Ozark Pudding recipe cut out of the newspaper about the time President Truman was in office. I’m sure my mom, knowing how much Daddy loved the Ozarks, saw this recipe and decided to add it to her file. I’ve seen recipes online supposedly replicating  Bess Truman’s favorite homemade dessert, but this is the real deal!

This is seriously one of the best desserts we’ve ever made! When something is off-the-charts delicious, well, it’s just ridiculously good… this one? It’s ridiculously good!

I just had to serve this on my mom’s 1950’s clear dessert dish.

 The 1950 era newspaper clipping from my mom’s file is yellowed and brittle and so very cool!

From everything I’ve read, President Truman and Bess were very much in love and devoted to one another. Who doesn’t enjoy a real life from-the-time-they-were-in-grade-school in Independence, Missouri love story? That would not be me… I’m a sucker for romance!!

Ingredients (according to her original recipe):

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 all-purpose flour
  • 1- 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rum (which is what Bess used, or you can use rum extract to taste)

 Note:  The original recipe calls for 6-8 servings. It’s crazy how our servings have almost doubled in the years since this was first written! If you’re making this dessert for more than four people, definitely double the recipe – when doing so, use two separate souffle dishes.

 This pudding, pie-like dessert will be puffed up and have a brown crust when it’s done. It will fall as you cut into it, leaving a rich, sinfully delicious treat.



This is such an easy and delicious dessert to whip up; simply follow the directions on the yellowed newspaper recipe clipping. If you have any questions please email jani{at}  I promise you’ll be happy with the results!!