Ozark Pudding

A serving of Ozark Pudding

Welcome to Granny's kitchen, where we're serving up a taste of the South with our Ozark Pudding. This delightful dessert is a celebration of simple, comforting flavors, featuring the sweetness of sugar, the crunch of nuts, and the fresh taste of apples. It's a taste that harks back to simpler times, evoking memories of warm kitchens and the sweet smell of baking wafting through the air.

Perfect for dessert, our Ozark Pudding pairs wonderfully with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. The sweetness of the pudding complements the creaminess of the topping, creating a balanced flavor profile that's just right for ending your meal on a sweet note. But don't let the name fool you; this pudding isn't just for dessert. It's also a perfect snack, offering a sweet pick-me-up for those moments when you need a little sweetness in your day.


  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • ½ cup pared, diced apples
  • Method

    • 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.

    • 2. In a large bowl, beat the egg. Gradually add sugar, beating after each addition until the mixture is light and fluffy.

    • 3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Blend this dry mixture into the egg and sugar mixture.

    • 4. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the chopped nuts and diced apples, mixing well to ensure they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

    • 5. Pour the batter into the greased pie pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the pudding is set and lightly browned.

    • 6. Serve the Ozark Pudding warm, topped with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy this sweet, comforting dessert that's perfect for any occasion.

    The Mouthwatering History of Ozark Pudding

    If you're a fan of rich, nutty desserts with a hint of fruity sweetness, you'll absolutely love Ozark pudding. This unique treat has a fascinating history that spans continents and centuries, evolving from a classic French cake into a beloved regional delicacy in the rugged Ozark Mountains.

    From French Gateau to Ozark Pudding

    The story of Ozark pudding begins in France with a dessert known as gateau aux noisettes, or hazelnut cake. This decadent treat was a staple in French cuisine, treasured for its nutty flavor and dense, moist texture. When French Huguenots sought refuge in Charleston, South Carolina in the 17th century, they brought this cherished recipe with them.

    Upon arriving in the New World, the resourceful settlers quickly realized that hazelnuts were not readily available in their new home. Undeterred, they turned to the abundant pecans native to the region, adapting the gateau aux noisettes into what became known as the Huguenot Torte.

    An Ozark Mountain Adaptation

    As the recipe traveled westward, it eventually reached the Ozark Mountains, a rugged and beautiful region known for its bountiful nut harvests. Here, black walnuts were often used in place of pecans, giving the dessert a unique flavor and texture. The dessert, now a delightful blend of French tradition and Ozark resourcefulness, came to be known as Ozark pudding.

    While called a "pudding," this dessert is more akin to a dense, fruity cake than a traditional custard-based pudding. It boasts a wonderfully chewy texture and a complex flavor profile that combines the sweetness of brown sugar, the tartness of apples, and the rich nuttiness of walnuts or pecans.

    A Rustic Delight for Modern Palates

    Today, Ozark pudding remains a beloved regional specialty, cherished for its rustic charm and irresistible taste. This unpretentious dessert is a testament to the adaptability and ingenuity of generations of cooks, who took a classic French recipe and transformed it into something truly unique and delicious.

    So, whether you're a native of the Ozarks or simply a lover of rich, nutty desserts, our Ozark pudding is sure to become a new favorite. With every bite, you'll savor the rich history and tradition that this dessert represents – a journey from the kitchens of France to the homesteads of the Ozarks, celebrating culinary adaptation and the timeless appeal of simple, hearty flavors.