Recipe: Poor Man’s Pudding

If a very economical dessert is desired, poor man’s PUDDING should be tried. However, this requires considerable fuel and some care in its preparation, for it needs long, slow cooking in order to make it a good PUDDING, but when it is properly made it is a very delicious dessert. If a coal stove is used, it is a good plan to make such a dessert as this on a day when the stove is heated for ironing or for some other purpose that requires the use of fuel covering a long period of time.

(Sufficient to Serve Six)

  •  1 c. rice
  •  2/3 c. sugar
  •  1 tsp. salt
  •  Nutmeg
  •  Lemon rind
  •  2 qt. milk
  •  1/2 c. raisins

Wash the rice in the usual way and place it in a baking dish. Add the sugar, salt, a grating of nutmeg, and a few thin slices of lemon rind. Pour in the milk, place in a slow oven, and bake for several hours. Stir frequently to prevent the top surface from browning, and if there is any possibility of this occurring, cover the baking dish with a cover. One hour before the PUDDING has finished baking, clean the raisins and add them. When done, remove from the oven, cool, and serve. When the PUDDING is served, the grains of rice should be whole and the liquid should be of a CREAMy consistency. If the PUDDING is too dry when cool, add a little more milk and return to the oven for a few minutes.

Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
by Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences (Year 1928)