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Open Faced Pudding

Subject: Open Faced pudding
From: Suzie
Date: 3/7/2021, 7:49 AM

On 3/6/2021 6:27 PM, Suzie wrote:

Hi Phaed

So nice to meet you via email. I am very intrigued by your name. 
I personally want to know more about that than anything about the site lol.

But the reason for why I am writing you. I have a dear friend who is 77. 
She had her own recipe book, and it has gone missing. We think her autistic 
grandson threw it away, She/I are trying to find her recipe for Open Face 
Pudding. It was something her mother would make growing up. She is 110% 
sure it had 5 eggs and 1 tablespoon of flour per egg. When asking her for 
more ingredients she remembers she gets to upset about the missing book 
since it had some of her mothers handwriting in it. She has told me it did 
not have raisins, rice or bread in it. I cannot get her to tell me if it 
was baked or not. I am working on that, just a little info at a time. 
But I thought I would attempt to start searching.

I have tried the infamous Google, Bing and archive,org search. I have even 
tried the Library of Congress. Nothing is coming up. I attempted to use the 
Google Newspaper internet search, but that did not yield any results unless 
it was about a watch. The lady lived in South-Western Kentucky near the 
Ky-Tenn state line, or just a few miles from Fort Campbell army base. 
She grew up on a farm if that makes a difference.

If you can help any at all I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for even 
trying to help me and her out.



Hi Suzie

I had no more success than you had in searching for a dish called "open faced pudding." I also searched for any pudding recipe that included the phrase "1 tablespoon of flour per egg" and I looked at pudding recipes that called for 5 eggs and pudding recipes with any connection to Kentucky. I didn't find any recipe that seemed right. In our modest library, we have several cookbooks of regional and historic recipes, and I have the recipes in them indexed on my computer to facilitate searching for particular recipes. I found nothing.

The pudding recipes that I found with 5 eggs all seem to be either corn puddings or bread puddings or "Indian Pudding."  "Corn pudding" kept appearing in search results, but corn pudding has no flour.

When you say your friend's pudding has no raisins, rice or bread in it and if it's not Indian Pudding or corn pudding, then that eliminates just about everything that I can find that matches any part of your description. I found a vague reference to a type of pudding basin or pudding mold that might have been called "open faced" by some people, so an "open faced pudding" might have referred to a pudding that was steamed or boiled in an open faced pudding basin.

Other than posting this on my site and hoping for input from my readers, I know of no other avenue to search for it. I will post it, but it will be several days before it will appear. Meanwhile, keep pressing your friend for more clues. How was the pudding cooked? Was the pudding steamed or boiled? In a pudding basin or mold? Can she recall any fruit or spices that were in it? Cinnamon? It may not have had actual bread in it, but did it have dough, like dumplings in it?


Subject: Open Faced pudding
From: Suzie 
Date: 3/9/2021, 9:36 PM

Someone on Facebook found the recipe. Thought I should send to you so 
you can add it to your list.

5 eggs, well beaten
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c sweet milk
5 Tablespoon flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients and beat well. Pour in pan and cook in 300 degree oven 
until done.

Thanks so much for your help.


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