Ozark Pudding recipe (bread pudding-inspired apple and pecan cake)

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I don’t remember exactly how I came to discover Ozark Pudding, but our lives are forever changed because of it! It’s interesting to me how there are so many different ways to make this delectable southern dish and truth be told, they are all good.

The recipe we settled on for our first time was from Deep South Dish and it was fantastic! The crust rose perfectly to the top with the soft portion underneath being like an apple pecan pie consistency. We also tried the same ingredients in a bread pan and it was a little bit thicker.

Then, we decided to start experimenting. We tried different pans, different sweeteners, different methods of slicing the apples, more flour, less flour, you name it. We even talked about trying pear instead of apple but never got around to it.

What we came up with is more like a custardy bread pudding and it’s delicious!

Our version of Ozark Pudding is like a really custard-like bread pudding.
Our version of Ozark Pudding is like a really custard-like bread pudding.

Here you go!

Ingredients for Ozark Pudding

  • I like my apples with the peel. Most other recipes say to peel the apple.
    I like my apples with the peel. Most other recipes say to peel the apple.

    5 eggs

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 2/3 cup pecans, chopped (if you like lots of pecans, use 2 cups)
  • 2 Red Delicious apples (about 2 heaping cups), sliced

Instructions for making Ozark Pudding

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the eggs, sugars, and vanilla.
  3. In a medium to large bowl, combine the flour, nuts, sliced apples, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients.
  5. Spread mixture into a 11×7 pan sprayed with cooking spray (I prefer metal)
  6. Bake for about 20-25, checking to see if a knife comes out relatively clean
  7. Serve with cool whip, ice cream, or dairy-free frozen dessert (cashew milk ice cream)

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