Old-Fashioned Ozark Pudding

ozark pudding
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
189 Calories
6g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 100mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ozark pudding is a cake-like fruit pudding with pecans. The dish probably originated in Missouri or Arkansas. The dessert dish named after the Ozark Mountain region and was a favorite dessert of President Harry Truman.

Bess Truman made her famous Ozark pudding was a similar list of ingredients, but with granulated sugar and black walnuts or pecans. She added a dash of rum to her whipped cream for the topping.

This moist pudding would be wonderful with caramel sauce as well.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup pecans, or walnuts, chopped

  • 1 cup finely chopped apples, peeled

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Generously butter a 10-inch pie plate. 

  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  5. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together until creamy. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients, blending thoroughly. Stir in the vanilla, chopped nuts, and chopped apples.

  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared pie plate and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

  7. Sprinkle more nuts over the top, if desired, and serve warm or cold with ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.

  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

Use chopped fresh pears in the pudding instead of apples.


Serve with a simple brown sugar caramel sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of brown sugar with 8 tablespoons of butter. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add 1 cup of heavy cream and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Let the sauce cool for 10 to 15 minutes before using.