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)
309 Calories
14g Fat
40g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 309
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 8g
Calcium 147mg 11%
*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 sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup apples (finely chopped 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.