Depression Era Cooking Suits Our Times

We have been talking about Depression Era recipes a lot lately, both for obvious and some not so obvious reasons. Because of an egg allergy in our family, we already bake Depression Era cake for every birthday (no eggs, milk or butter). Now we are adding to the repertoire with this beauty.

Baked Apple Pudding is a rich, warm and tasty comfort food that takes just minutes to assemble and about 40 more in a hot oven. Add some vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream and you have a healthy family dessert that feels like an indulgence, but can be made on a dime (or so).

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing YIELD: 6 servings.


  • 1/2 cup coconut or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup organic whole milk (substitute non-dairy if desired)
  • 3 medium tart apples (Granny Smith work well), peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, mix the first five ingredients. Add milk; stir just until blended. Fold in apples. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. deep baking dish. Dot with butter.
  • Pour boiling water over top. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. If desired, serve with ice cream.
  • Enjoy!