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- Apple pudding
Poor man's pudding is a classic of Quebec cuisine, called Pouding chômeur. Here is a 'tatin' version of the classic, with apples at the bottom. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
11 people made this
- 2 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
- 125g plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 75g butter, softened
- 130g granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 75ml milk
- For the sauce
- 220g brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons plain flour
- 420ml water
- 30g butter
MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:50min ›Ready in:1hr5min
- Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 20cm square baking dish. Place apple slices at the bottom of the dish.
- Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
- Beat butter with sugar in a bowl; add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in the flour mix, alternating with milk. Transfer to the baking dish.
- For the sauce, combine brown sugar, flour, water and butter in a saucepan; bring to the boil, then pour over the cake mixture in the baking dish. Do not stir; the sauce will fall to the bottom during baking.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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12 Decadent Depression Era Desserts
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Desserts from the Great Depression Era are not only frugal, but also delicious! Why are Depression Era desserts still popular? They are still a hit because they can be made with pantry staples and some can be made even when you have run out of some baking essentials like eggs or butter or flour.
When you think of the depression era, you probably think of a time without a whole lot of joy. A time where families barely held on financially and many things were given up in order to pull through. One thing about the human spirit is it finds ways to make light in even the darkest of circumstances. For busy, low-income families, this often came in the form of making their kids happy with fun desserts and treats. After all, what&rsquos childhood without a little sweetness?
The depression-era was a time when people had to get creative. With food rationing and large families to tend to on low incomes, parents found great ways to make their child&rsquos favorite sweets on a limited budget, and in many cases, the end product was better than before! Here are 12 Decadent Depression Era Desserts for you to make for your kids that they are sure to love, too!
Apple bread pudding recipe
I went back to my easy banana bread pudding recipe I made years ago to look at how I made the bread pudding portion of that, grabbed some apple pie filling and started layering.
- He had suggested, bread pudding, pie filling, then bread pudding again but using 1 loaf of French bread there wasn&rsquot quite enough to cover the bottom.
- I decided to skip the top layer and just put it all on the bottom and it worked great.
Let me tell you that not all of my creations turn out, so this really was an experiment. I threw it into the oven and checked it about 30 minutes later and it looked like it was working&hellip&hellip
One of the most important parts in making the perfect homemade bread pudding is the cook time. You DO NOT want to overbake it, it should be very moist. BUT you need to ensure the egg is cooked too, it&rsquos a fine balance.
Decatur Macpherson shares "grandma's favorite thing to make," is simplicity perfected, adding that "Other cakes — crazy cake, for example — might call for atypical cake ingredients, but hot milk cake is a pretty straightforward cake, calling for all the typical fixin's. It's a perfectly simple and simply perfect cake that holds its own against fancier desserts since it tastes amazing."
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There&rsquos Comfort in Nostalgic, Inexpensive Desserts
A few years ago, I heard Nick Cannon doing stand up on Comedy Central.
He was talking about how he doesn&rsquot understand fancy desserts. When he was growing up, dessert was some Wonder bread with butter, sugar and cinnamon on it.
I get that. I ate plenty of cinnamon toast, too. And bread, butter, and sugar sandwiches. They&rsquore cheap, and they hit the spot.
It&rsquos cheap to make (if you&rsquore Canadian and own chickens and cows and maple trees), and it hits the spot.
The recipe from the Food52 Cookbook appears to be fairly standard. Some of the recipes I found used brown sugar, water and butter for the syrup, but just as many used the maple syrup/heavy cream combination.
And really, when given the choice, isn&rsquot that what you&rsquod do? Even if it is a bit more expensive?
Paleo Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Am I dizzy? Am I dreaming? Or does my whole house smell deliciously like hot caramel apples? This luscious treat seems complicated but isn’t. Just 4 easy layers: coffee cake batter, sliced apples, coconut milk-egg custard, streusel topping, and bake. Oh yum! Bread Pudding originated in ancient times (no one knows when – Egypt, Rome, or England?) as a “poor man’s” pudding using stale bread, sugar, milk, and eggs. This Paleo-adapted version doesn’t use bread, milk, or sugar. In fact it’s free of gluten, grains, dairy, sugar, and processed foods. Ha! I used low-sugar Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced very thin. As a result, this irresistible treat is is very low in carbs and sugars, so it won’t spike blood sugar or cause weight gain if you use the suggested non-glycemic sweeteners. Wonderful alone, it tastes even more tantalizing with Paleo Caramel Sauce and Instant Coconut Whipped Cream. Watch out for happy faces when you serve this one! No equipment required. Food processor or blender are optional. Yield: an 8 or 9-inch baking pan. Serves 9.
Step 1) Spread the coffee cake batter into the bottom of the pan.
Step 2) Cover with a layer of apples.
Step 3) Pour the egg custard over the apples.
Step 4) Sprinkle the streusel on top. Put it in the oven. Yay! You did it!
88 Great Depression Recipes
If you aren’t familiar with the Great Depression, it took place during the 1930s. It started in 1929 and then ended in the late 1930s. Stock prices fell and people both rich and poor were affected.
Construction was halted, crop prices fell, no jobs, and food shortage affected the USA and nations across the world. Of course, just like people do, they get creative in hard times, which resulted in a lot of these delicious recipes.
One of the staples that became popular was chipped beef. It's canned beef, can sit on your shelf, it was cheap, and they invented even cheaper ways to use it.
I also recommend Clara's Kitchen Cookbook. Before she died her family captured all these amazing Great Depression recipes not only on paper but on video and they have compiled them to this cookbook.
1. You’ll want to give this Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast a try. Many people have enjoyed this Great Depression meal over the years.
2. Hearty Navy Bean Soup is great to keep the people in your family full. No wonder this made a great recipe during the depression.
3. Old Fashioned Hot Water Cornbread is something that was enjoyed back in the day. Also known as corn pone or hoecakes.
5. This Lemon Depression Cake Recipe was made when dairy was too expensive to use in everyday food, even if you had a cow and chickens. I still make this one today it's my favorite!
6. Hungry? This Poor Man’s Meal may be just what you have been looking for! Using hot dogs, potatoes, and onions, you will have an amazing meal in no time.
7. Hoover Stew was also a popular meal back during the depression. This type of meal was named after the President, who just happened to take over at that time. Hoover Stew simply means a thin stew or stew using pasta, hot dogs, can of stewed tomatoes, and any type of veggie.
8. Although fruit wasn’t something that came around often, when it did, it was considered a dessert. Made with egg yolks, canned fruit cocktail, honey, and whipping cream all create this deliciousness. This is called Frozen Fruit Salad .
9. Ketchup, Mayonnaise or Onion Sandwiches. Yep, it's a thing, make a sandwich with what you have. If you were lucky you could add all 3 to a sandwich.
10. This Great Depression Casserole makes perfect sense to make when you need to save money. It was obviously quite popular back then too!
11. Since meat was expensive they found ways around it with recipes like this Meatless Meatloaf Recipe. Instead of meat, they would use what they had like peanuts or cheaper meats like liver.
12. This Pecan Pie is easy and delicious to make, plus it was a great recipe for the depression era.
13. Making a cake out of applesauce made more sense (during the depression) because the ingredients were cheaper. Check out this Applesauce Cake Recipe.
14. Cream of Potato Soup is a recipe from the Great Depression era that we all still enjoy very much today. Well minus the bacon and all the extra cheese in my recipe.
15. Wacky Cake is something that came from this time era as well. Using no special ingredients, this cake is delicious and cheap.
16. Corned Beef Salad kind of got the nickname of beef jello. It's made on things like mayo, horseradish, veggies, eggs, and other things.
17. Have you heard of Dandelion Salad? Yes, the weeds that grow in your yard. They got very creative it was a free food just about anyone had. Now there is a huge festival in Ohio every year with all good Dandelions from ices cream to pasta and even wine.
18. This Egg Drop Soup Recipe isn't like the one you get in the Chinese restaurants today.
19. Buttermilk was a well-used ingredient during the Great Depression. This Buttermilk Pie is worth making.
20. This Milkorno Recipe (aka gruel) became popular as a way to feed the masses. It's powered milk and cornmeal. Sometimes they would use wheat is stead.
21. Southern Johnny cakes are different than pancakes.
22. How about a Mock Apple Pie? Yep, no apples and even a mock crust. I still think it's worth a try!
23. How about giving Spaghetti with Carrots and White Sauce a try? Made popular by Eleanor Roosevelt herself. This is a casserole where you overcook your noodles as in boiled carrots and make your sauce from flour and butter.
I love these 9 cracker recipes that were used during the depression era. Who knew that crackers could be used for so many things?!
Check out these 12 additional depression recipes that won’t break the bank. Here are some of the recipes included in this post:
- Sugar Cream Pie
- Prune Pudding
- 3 Ingredient Depression Bread
- Corned Beef Fritters
- Savory Potato Soup
- Egg Soup Over Homemade Bread
Taste of Home also dug back into their recipes and found 34 Great Depression Recipes that were shared. We all know chipped beef was popular and they even have a chipped beef fondue.
The 10 recipes from Grandma were very popular in the great depression too.
These Great Depression Recipes have ignited a new cooking passion in me. If they used to do it for so cheap, why can’t we?
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Wow! My mom was born during the Depression and my grandmother prepared many of these recipes. As a result, when I was growing up, many of these were staples for dinner. Now I wonder if it was because we didn’t have much money, or my mom considered them comfort food. Too bad I can’t ask her any more.
Thoroughly loved this post. Brought back many memories of dinners prepared with love for very little money. Thanks for the awesome post.
One of the staples that became popular was chipped beef. It’s canned beef, can sit on your shelf, it was cheap, and they invented even cheaper ways to use it.
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You can butter the bread before cutting it into squares or you can dot the top of the pudding with butter before baking.
You can omit the raisins and substitute chocolate chips, dried fruit, or small fresh berries, like raspberries or blueberries. If you want to use frozen berries, add them in while frozen.
You can vary the milk ingredient. Use evaporated milk (or part evaporated milk and part water) if you don&apost have fresh milk. You use half-and-half or even heavy cream if you dilute it with milk or water.. You can use skim milk, 1%, 2%, or whole milk. You can use soy milk or almond milk.
You can use any kind of bread. Try it with croissants, rolls, sourdough bread, hot dog or hamburger buns, or dark breads like whole wheat bread or pumpernickel.
You can also replace some of the bread with cake, Danish pastry, or donuts. (If you do, cut back on or eliminate the sugar.)
You can vary the sweetener. Try it with light brown sugar. You can use honey or maple syrup--just add a little more bread to soak up the extra liquid.
You can soak the raisins in alcoholic spirits like rum, whiskey, or bourbon or a flavored liqueur. Or you can just add two tablespoons of the spirits to the liquid ingredients.
30 Sustainable Recipes from the Great Depression
The 1929 crash was exacerbated by the low prices paid for crops, steep increases in machinery costs, and one drought upon another, virtually forcing farmers to use submarginal land in a bid to keep enough money rolling in to pay their mortgages, and feed their families.
With the mass plantings of wheat, grasslands that had held the soil together for thousands of years was gone, and when the drought came, the impoverished soil with nothing to hold it in place developed into a dust bowl with cited figures of 35 million acres rendered useless for farming, and 125 million acres of top soil lost.
Many in the Midwest and Southern Great Plains areas lost their farms and moved to towns and cities where work was hard to come by. There are stories of professional people working with a pick and shovel constructing roads, just to get enough to eat.
Now, how did the Amish cope during the Great Depression? Pretty well, because they tended to live sustainably and close to the land.
Also, Amish communities do not believe in being reliant on banks – so the land they worked was the land they owned outright, so they were not at the mercy of banks and lawyers when other people lost their farms during one of the periods of greatest hardship in American history.
An economic collapse hits everyone, and the Amish communities lost out on sales, but due to their farming practices they didn’t starve.
People eked out precious supplies with their recipes, making use of what was available. We can learn something from the ingenuity displayed during the Great Depression…
For example, who would have thought a mock lemon pie is actually a vinegar pie– yet has a smooth tart taste, reminiscent of a lemon pie?
Not all the recipes that are supposedly ‘depression era’ were actually invented during the 1930’s. Most had been around for a long time, but people just got more creative with the ingredients.
Go ahead and try out these recipes – they may have been based on necessity but they are recipes that are still popular today for those on a budget and will certain sustain a family during hard times or when you are forced to survive on stockpiled foods and what your survival garden can produce.
Many contain no meat – which is great for people who are converting from meat based diets to vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. There is quite a bit of processed meat in these recipes – simply because it was cheaper than fresh meat.
These days, there is a movement away from processed meat with all its additives – so feel free to substitute fresh if it suits you. A homemade sausage can be substituted for hot dogs, for example.
Now, before you get turned off by the name, just know that this pie doesn’t contain nearly as much vinegar as you may be envisioning. The vinegar is used more to bring all the flavors together rather than offer a pungent bite. This recipe is similar to hot water pie but offers a different, thicker consistency with the filling.
And though this isn’t a recipe, I couldn’t resist adding this video at the end to give you all a little chuckle.