Thursday, February 17, 2011

254. Easy Date Pudding, Sweet

Before we were married, my husband told me he loved chocolate pudding and that his favorite part was the thick 'skin' on the top. I always considered such a feature the result of cooking error and could not imagine anyone wanting to eat it.

As the chief cook in our home, the day my husband said he wanted to make a big bowl of pudding for himself, I was skeptical. After all, his main claim to food preparation was to pour cereal flakes into a bowl.  I remained silent, however, and watched as Tad got out the pudding mix and milk. When, he pulled out a frying pan, I looked on in amazement, but still said nothing.

I watched as the mixture came to a full boil and the impromptu cook stirred the pot's contents with total disregard for the product directions or timing. He eventually removed the pan from the burner, allowed the pudding to cool slightly and then, put the pan in the refrigerator, uncovered. When the mess of what he considered pudding was cold, he sat down with a spoon and proceeded to gobble up the whole, thick rubbery mess right out of the pan. He said it was just the way he liked it. I couldn't believe that, either.

Besides pudding scum, as I call it, my husband has a fondness for dates. The recipe for Easy Date Pudding is a sweet, baked dessert that has nothing to do with the more familiar milk pudding mentioned above, but my husband loves it. Fortunately, he has never said that he was going to make a panful for himself!


Easy Date Pudding





3/4 C chopped dates
1/2 C chopped pecans
1/2 tsp grated orange rind (optional)
1/4 C + 2 T sugar
1 egg
2 T milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 T flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 T margarine

Combine dates, pecans, orange rind and sugar in a bowl. In another bowl, beat egg, milk and vanilla together. Add to first bowl and mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to date mixture and combine well. Pour into a greased 1 qt. baking dish. Dot with margarine. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve with ice cream or whipped topping. Serves 4.



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