Old Fashioned Blueberry Pudding with Rosewater Sauce (GIVEAWAY)

Old Fashioned Blueberry Pudding with Rosewater Sauce

This post will strike some of you with giddy jubilation and reminiscing… while others will roll their eyes when I confess I’m writing about Little House on the Prairie today. For the latter, DON’T GO! You’ll miss out on an incredible Old Fashioned Blueberry Pudding with Rosewater Sauce Recipe and a gorgeous Villeroy & Boch GIVEAWAY. I promise it’s worth it to bear my ramblings for a few moments.

This summer I was determined to read my children the entire Little House Series from Laura Ingalls Wilder. I remember being captivated by the books as a child and wanted to see my little ones’ eyes light up with Laura’s antics.

Little House Books

The Little House on the Prairie books are a remarkable, and deliciously descriptive, historical tail of the Ingalls clan, a pioneer family in the 1800’s that moved from Wisconsin, to Oklahoma Indian Territory, back north to Minnesota and finally to South Dakota, all by covered wagon. Although the books are categorized as historical fiction due to Laura’s embellishments, most of the astonishing accounts are true.

In modern day, it’s hard to fully grasp the lifestyle and mindset of an early American pioneer family. To read these books, one would think Laura was completely obsessed with food. Not in the way WE obsess over carbs, gourmet chocolates, or local produce, but engrossed with food for survival. From hunting to foraging, fishing, berrying, farming, cooking, freezing, salt-preserving, drying, and canning… nourishment CONSUMED them. That’s not to say they didn’t enjoy their meals. However, sustenance was extremely valuable. Something held with such importance was worth taking the time to document.

Blueberry Pudding

Not only does this mouthwatering narrative go into great detail describing the preparation of daily meals, Laura weaves a feast for the senses with smells, crackling sounds, and hearty dishes your dying to try.

“Ma made vanity cakes. She made them with beaten eggs and white flour. She dropped them into a kettle of sizzling fat. Each one came up bobbling, and floated till it turned itself over, lifting up its honey-brown puffy bottom. Then it swelled underneath till it was round and Ma lifted it out with a fork… The cakes were not sweet, but they were rich and crisp, and hollow on the inside. Each one was like a great bubble. The crisp bits of it melted on the tongue… They said they had never tasted anything so good and they asked Ma what they were. “Vanity Cakes,” said Ma. “Because they are all puffed up, like vanity, with nothing solid inside.” ~On The Banks Of Plum Creek

How To Make Blueberry Pudding

“Father’s spoon cut deep into the chicken-pie; he scooped out big pieces of thick crust and turned up their fluffy yellow under-sides on the plate. He poured gravy over them; he dipped up big pieces of tender chicken, dark meat and white meat sliding from the bones. He added a mound of baked beans and topped it with a quivering slice of pork fat. At the edge of the plate he piled dark-red beet pickles. And he handed the plate to Almanzo. Silently Almanzo ate it all.” ~ Farmer Boy

See what a mean? I drooled through the entire series. The Little House Books are a MUST-READ for food lovers of all ages. (Put it on your electronic reader, I won’t tell.)

Rosewater Sauce

Needless to say, I HAD to buy The Little House Cookbook. What fun it’s been flipping through the pages of frontier recipes; dishes cooked over open flame and churned to perfection.

This Old Fashioned Blueberry Pudding with Rosewater Sauce is inspired by the blueberry pudding Almanzo’s mother made after a long day of berrying in the book Farmer Boy. I didn’t use the exact recipe in the cookbook, because it was developed before most homes had reliable ovens. Therefore, it was cooked in a tin can submerged in water on the stovetop.

Old Fashioned Blueberry Pudding

This oven-friendly “pudding” is not a custard as we think of pudding; it’s more of a hefty cake that you scoop up with a spoon. It’s dense, hearty and not overly sweet, with a cornbread-like consistency. A pudding of this variety would have been served with milk, or a sweet sauce, poured over the top to moisten it.

Although rosewater is now generally considered a middle-eastern ingredient, it was widely used for flavoring in early American days, because people could make it easily from wild roses.

Admittedly, I’ve tried rosewater in several dishes and beverages and haven’t been impressed, but the combination of rosewater, nutmeg and butter in this silky sauce is exquisite. Poured over the rustic and tart blueberry pudding… sigh. I honestly could not get enough of it!


Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40-60 minutes

Old Fashioned Blueberry Pudding with Rosewater Sauce


For the Old Fashioned Blueberry Pudding:
5 Tb. butter, divided
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 2/3 cups milk
2 eggs
2 pints blueberries

For the Rosewater Sauce:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 pinch salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
4 Tb. rosewater
6 Tb. melted butter
½ tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. Use 2 Tb. butter to grease a large baking dish. (9X13 or a smaller deeper dish.)

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, remaining butter (melted) and 2 eggs.

Mix the wet mixture into the dry mixture until well combined. Then stir in the blueberries, withholding a large handful for the top.

Pour the batter into the baking dish and sprinkle the remaining berries over the top. Bake 40-60 minutes (depending on the depth of the dish) until a toothpick comes out clean.

Meanwhile, whisk together the ingredients for the rosewater sauce and set aside.

To serve, scoop the warm pudding onto plates and drizzle with rosewater sauce.

I’m thrilled to offer you this gorgeous Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse Blueflowers Serve & Bake Oval Bowl and Serving Plate, worth more than $160. These pieces are unique, oven-safe, and best of all, the serving plate doubles as a lid for the baking dish!


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228 Responses to “Old Fashioned Blueberry Pudding with Rosewater Sauce (GIVEAWAY)”

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    Annmarie W. — October 10, 2011 @ 6:21 am

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    Annmarie W. — October 10, 2011 @ 6:22 am

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    Tony Payne — October 10, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    This looks great, I can almost taste it served hot with custard.


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    Kita — October 10, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    My dad made sure I had the entire set of books as well – he also made sure I had tons of other books to read. I think it was awesome that he was so determined to make sure I read a lot as a child. I know I would come home every so often with those book order things from school and he would never say no. Its great that you are reading with your children and I am sure some day they will look back and love the memory more than you can imagine.
    Not to mention – killer old fashioned blueberry pudding!


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    Britney — October 10, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    For me, I would bake my Stout Braised Beef Tenderloin in Puff Pastry recipe in this beautiful dish!


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    Lesley — October 10, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    I’m not sure what I’d make in the dish, but it would have that rosewater sauce on it, that’s for sure!


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    Lesley — October 10, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

    I’m now a fan on facebook!


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    Lesley — October 10, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    And I follow you on Twitter!


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    Lesley — October 10, 2011 @ 8:25 pm
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    Bethany — October 10, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    You know, I’ve been reading these books to Kayla since last winter … and I remember when I was a kid and my mom would read them to us – same then and now, we ALWAYS get so hungry when we read these books!!! Especially Farmer Boy – pies at every meal??!! Sounds like heaven. ;)


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    Denise — October 11, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    I’d make stuffing or a casserole dish


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    Denise — October 11, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    I Follow Villeroy & Boch on Twitter.


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    Denise — October 11, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    I Follow ASP on Twitter (I’m @deniselao)


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    Claire — October 11, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    apple crisp!


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    Becky Carico — October 12, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    Oh may there are so many options. Blackberry cobbler, my famous lasagna, or Red Cooked Pork. I have jsut found your website! I LOVE IT!! Thanks for sharing so many good recipes!


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    Vanesa — October 12, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    Hmmm!! That sounds and LOOKS yummy. I shall do this pudding !!! Thanks for psting this ld fashioned recipe!


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    Eileen — October 12, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    I use to read Little House books. I’ve always been drawn to that era in time. Your dessert looks and sounds delish!


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    foodies at home — October 17, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    I love that series! I might have to re-read pretty soon after this post! Such a beautiful and simple/ fresh dessert! Perfect!! Happy Reading!


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    Athena R — August 8, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    What a beautiful serving set. I would love to try out the old fashioned blueberry pudding recipe in it.


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    Athena R — August 8, 2013 @ 6:39 am
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    Athena R — August 8, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    I’m a FB follower.


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    Athena R — August 8, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    I follow you on Twitter.


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