Bess Truman’s Ozark Pudding was one of President Harry S Truman’s favorite desserts. During the Truman Presidency, there were many who wrote letters to The White House asking for the recipe.
Ozark Pudding is kind of a cake-like fruit pudding with pecans. My husband (aka official taste tester) said it tasted like a pecan pie and apple crisp combination. He loved it!
This original recipe is from the Social Correspondence Office Files of the official Truman Papers and was sent to everyone who asked for the recipe.
Ozark Pudding Recipe
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1/2 cup raw apples (finely chopped, I used granny smith)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat eggs and sugar a long time until very smooth.
Mix flour, baking powder, salt and stir into the sugar-egg mixture.
Fold in apples, nuts, and vanilla.
Bake in a buttered pie pan in preheated oven for 35 minutes.
Cool to room temperature and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
(Source: Archivist, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum)