Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fudge Pudding

This recipe was created in the 1930's.  The use of water and thickening agents was a common thing in the Great Depression to satisfy the ever hungry appetites of a family around the table.  This recipe forms a cake top and a rich fudge underneath.

 I liked the recipe it had a lot of really practical techniques.  For example you mixed the ingredients right in the baking dish.  I read in my Depression Cookbook that the women would cook a big meal (from scratch)  and the family would help clean up the dishes (no dishwasher)  and in just a few hours after the dishes were put away they did it all over again. 

When you get the dry and wet ingredients all mixed, and apply the sugar topping,  you then pour the 2 cups of hot water over it all and bake.

 And what looks like a puddle turns into to this marvelous fudgy cake!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. cocoa, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups hot water

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix together flour, salt, 2 tbsp cocoa, baking powder, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a 2-quart baking dish.
  3. Combine milk, melted butter, and vanilla.  Mix into dry ingredients in baking dish, beating well by hand.
  4. Combine remaining 3 tbsp. of cocoa, remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar and sprinkle over cake batter.  Pour hot water over all and place pan in oven.
  5. Bake 30-40 minutes.
Best if you let it cool a bit to serve.
Recipe source: Judy Martinez-Ross, Moab, Utah
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Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello and good morning,

I love this pudding and have made it several times. I think it is a great dessert to whip up for guests.

I hope you have a nice day, Elizabeth

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Sherry,
Oh my goodness, what a yummy post! I think I just gained 5 pounds reading the ingredients :)
I am going to have to make this for Gary he is such a chocolate nut (me too)
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth


Wow, this fudge dessert tutorial looks great! I never made one, can you believe it?! I will now! Thanks for the how to, also. Enjoy your week.

Melissa said...

yumm!! looks very tasty!! I love practicality. If you can save do an extra dish or two I am all about that. lol :)

Unknown said...

My mom used to make a version of this cake with the same technique. Now I make one that is made in the slow-cooker. So yummy - and so easy!!

shaggysheephome said...

I have all these ingredients right now!!! I'm going to make this!

Laurel Leaf Cottage said...

MMM...Yummy! I think I have a recipe for this in the little handmade cook-book my great grandma made!! I'll have to go check it out!! If not, I'm going to make this one!! looks delicious!! =) Deanna

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, I want to make this one!

Tanya Anurag said...

It's 3 in the morning, here and this post makes me want this pudding!!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Shame on you, Sherry, for being such a temptress! ;-)



Geneva said...

This looks and sounds scrumptious! I have several friends who will enjoy it so can't wait to give it a try!

Jackie Kirner said...

wow - this was a simple delight to make. Loved mixing it in the baking pan, and such a surprise to have the cake floating on a layer of hot fudge after it cooked.

Gail Peterson said...

Looks yummy...
Thank you will have to try making it.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Oh my this looks so good! A must to try!

Kristen Pare said...

Hi Sherry, I'm really enjoying you sharing these recipes. I'm intrigued in learning less is more and reduce processd food. My aunt, who is 84, commented to my Mom that I was eating organic and such--she said that was how we ate growing up--fresh and not processed. I do wish they had saved my grandma's recipes, especially the fresh baked breads. Something was just better about it--must have been that yeast! Thank you for sharing! Kris

IsabelC. said...

Looks deeeelicious!

The French Hutch said...

Oh this is a keeper! Perfect for cool fall evenings with a cup of coffee...........

The French Hutch

Nann said...

Love this pudding cake but haven't made it in awhile. Perfect for this time of year. Have company coming so think I'll make a big pan of it. Yummy!! N.

Unknown said...

That looks absolutely delicious!!! Love it! Definetly going to try! :)


Two Cottages And Tea said...

I use to make this years ago. Thanks for sharing and bringing it to my mind! Think I'll make it tonight!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

This sounds so wonderful! Thank you for sharing. By the way, I fixed the Hungarian Goulash in your recent post.............it was so wonderful!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh my goodness,that looks delicious! I will have to make that this weekend. Do you need to grease the pan? Thanks for sharing. Gina

Little Miss Maggie said...

That looks so delicious. It reminds me of lava cake.

bj said...

This look sooo good...bet it was, too.

I was 2 yrs old when the depression ended so I don't remember anything about those years. My mother sure did, tho. :)
Many of my recipes came from her and my aunts and they were good cooks, even when items they needed for cooking wasn't available during the depression.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I think I have this same recipe and it is delish! I also have a caramel one which is similar. Thanks for sharing.


Diann said...

OMG! Can it get any better that this recipe! I don't think so. I am so enjoying your recipes from that awesome Depresion Era Cookbook! Sorry so late for visting! Thank you for joining TTF last week. Have a terrific day!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Sherry, Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Looks delicious!


Nellie Dee said...

Mine is in the oven right now. I was hoping to read how to know when it's done, suggestions for serving (ice cream or whipped cream?) as well as how to store leftovers. I will assume refrigeration.

The Charm of Home said...

Hi Nellie,

I cooked it according to the temp and time suggestions, but, 30-40 minutes is a bit of a difference isn't it. I looked at it and it looked cooked and not doughy. I also think you could insert a toothpick into the top crust (not all the way to the pudding) and if it came out clean it would be done. That may be a bit tricky since the bottom will look undone, because it is like pudding. Yes, ice cream or whip cream would be delicious with it. Storing leftovers would be best in the fridge. Hope you enjoy! It is a good recipe to have on hand for a chocolate fix!:)