Indian Pudding and Apple Cobbler


Take Your Family Back in Time with These Old Fashioned Desserts

I think it is fun to go back to the old fashioned recipes of our heritage from time to time. This is especially important for the youngsters in our families to have a connection to the past. I often serve my grandchildren foods from the past and tell them about my childhood and the loved ones from my past, while they are eating. My grandmother did that with me and I cherish those memories. I would just bet your grandchildren will, too! Even foods I didn’t particularly like hold a special place in my memory. The first recipe is one of those – Indian Pudding. But it has been around the sixty-something (?) years of my life so I am happy to share it with you! Now the Apple Cobbler is another matter altogether as I love cobbler!

Indian Pudding

Yield: 8 servings

  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 5 tbsp cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter

Scald 4 cups of the milk and place in a double boiler. Add the cornmeal and cook for 20 minutes. Mix molasses, ginger, salt, and butter; add to the cornmeal-milk mixture. Pour mixture into a baking dish. Pour remaining milk over the pudding. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 3 to 4 hours. Serve with whipped cream, hard sauce, or vanilla ice cream if you want.

Southern Indiana Apple Coddler

When I was a child growing up in Southern Indiana my grandparents had an apple orchard. We grand-kids loved playing there under the trees. This cobbler recipe always reminds me of those days so long ago!

  • 5 cups peeled and sliced tart apples*
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix together and pour into a lightly buttered 8-inch square baking dish. Top with the batter below:


Mix batter together and drop over the apple mixture in 9 portions. Sprinkle top with some cinnamon sugar, if desired.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned.

*I prefer Granny Smith apples. It usually takes 6 to 8 medium apples to make 5 cups.


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