James Barber's mother's Steamed Pudding, from his book The Urban Peasant.
Baked Applesauce Pudding
In a bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. sugar. Mix in 1 or 2 eggs and 1/2 cup milk "to make a lumpy batter."
In a small greased casserole that has a lid, spread a cupful or more of applesauce. If it is unsweetened, you can add a little sugar (I used brown sugar) and cinnamon. Spread batter on applesauce, cover and bake at 350 degrees until set and turning brown; it should look like a big pancake. Be careful taking the lid off, because of the steam. Actually when I took this one out, the lid was on so tightly that it was a few minutes before I could do anything at all with it. Then I slipped the edge of a dinner knife under the lid, and the seal popped.
Good with yogurt.
(Steamed Pudding can also be made with other fruit or with jam, and can be made on the stovetop.)
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