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Comforting Eve’s Pudding

This is a very simple traditional apple recipe, comforting when it is chilly outside.


Comforting Eve’s Pudding

This is a very simple traditional apple recipe, comforting in the fall and winter months. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds Bramleys (or other cooking apples)
  • 1 cup blackberries (optional)
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 large lemon zested
  • 5 tbsp. butter plus extra for greasing
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.  Grease a one-quart ovenproof dish with butter.
  • Peel and core the apples and slice thinly.  Place in the prepared dish and sprinkle the turbinado sugar, nutmeg, and lemon zest over them.  Add 1 tbsp. of water.
  • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and superfine sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg gradually, beating well.  Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and fold in the mixture.  Add a splash of milk – enough to give a dropping consistency. Spread this mixture over the apples. (Don’t worry if you aren’t able to cover the whole base.
  • Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until the sponge mixture is golden and firm to the touch in the center  
  • Spring with superfine sugar and serve with custard or cream. (I prefer non fat plain yoghurt to keep the fat count down.)


*you can make superfine sugar by giving table sugar a quick pulse or two in your food processor, and then measure for the recipe.
This recipe appears in A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes.

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