Vintage Half Hour Pudding

My husband, the boy from the Get a Bigger Wagon stories, truly loves this pudding. He keeps the leftovers in the fridge and happily warms further servings in the microwave. He assures me that this pudding keeps well for three days. 

I found the original recipe, written in fountain pen, in my mother’s personal cookbook, which she started in 1947. The recipe called for butter “the size of an egg” to be added to the sauce. I use two tablespoons of butter. My mother had made a note in the margin of her recipe saying that 2 cups of water was too much. My father preferred a more sticky pudding. I use 1¾ cups of water and like the resulting thicker sauce. 

This pudding cooks at 350°F for 30 minutes, so I often bake other dishes at the same time. For example, my Oven-Baked Rice Medley requires the same time and temperature. 

I keep this recipe handy, in case we spontaneously invite guests to stay for dinner. It serves six to eight people. 

Vintage Half Hour Pudding

Preheat oven to 350° F


1 cup of flour

¾ of a cup of white sugar

½ cup of milk

¼ teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking powder

½ cup of dates, chopped

Mix the above ingredients and spoon into a greased dish (1.5 quarts). 


1 cup of brown sugar

1¾ cups of boiling water 

2 tablespoons of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Pour the sauce over the batter, and place the dish in a 350°F oven. Bake the pudding for 30 minutes. The pudding will rise through the sauce allowing yummy delicious caramel taste to surround each bite. 

L to R Vintage Half Hour Pudding, pork chops, baked rice in broth  

Comments (9)

  • Deb Doodle May 3, 2020 at 08:56 am

    My mom always made it with raisins.

  • Aline Kozar October 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    The Vintage Half Hour Pudding and sauce is so delicious.
    It definitely was a hit with my hubby who requested a remake.

  • Wilma Poole October 24, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Maureen: Just wanted to say that I layered thinly sliced apples, fresh from a friend's tree, on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkled some cornflour and cinnamon over it and then made the exact pudding recipe and poured it all over the top of the apples. Everyone said it was a hit!! (I added the cornflour as the apples were super juicy.) It was delicious!

  • Sakina Madini September 16, 2018 at 01:17 pm

    This recipe looks delicious and I can't wait to make it.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • Tracy Harris September 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    This looks delicious! We're having our youngest boy over for dinner tonight and this looks like the perfect dessert for an autumn meal. Thank you!

  • Darlene Autken September 13, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I have a recipe very similar to this from my mum as well. It was a favourite of my family as well, especially on a cold winter day when supper maybe wasn’t all it could be. A delicious pudding with ice cream melting on top upped my game.

  • Maureen Haddock September 12, 2018 at 03:44 pm

    I am chopping dates in the kitchen as Gord is reading this recipe in his office. LOL He will have delicious pudding tonight!

  • GAYLE SENGER September 12, 2018 at 03:42 pm

    Sounds delicious. I will try it for sure.

  • The Boy September 12, 2018 at 03:40 pm

    I think the pictures say it all. We haven't had that pudding for nearly 8 days. Why the pressing question here?

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