Dorothy’s Cottage Pudding


As I approach Mother’s Day, it’s a very mixed bag. First and foremost, I am grateful that my mother is still with us; she is doing remarkably well at age 87. I am thankful, each and every day. As a mom, I am saddened that my children are grown, but they are healthy and happy, and that makes my heart happy, each and every day. It’s some of the hardest work I’ve ever done, but I love being a mom.

April 2016_Margaret Geier_back in the day

Mom, in the early 50s

May 2016_mom and cherie

Mom with my childhood friend, Cher

I am equally saddened that my mother-in-law Dorothy is no longer alive, and that my Brazilian mother, Vanda, lives so far away.

I’m lucky to have had many mother figures as well as my mother, even some aunties who have been influential throughout my life.

This post, Recipe #3 in my GOOD EATS series, is a tribute to them all.

May 2016_Vanda_2006

Mae Vanda in her kitchen when I visited in 2006

❤ Vanda, um grande abracao e muitos beijos da sua filha Americana. Saudades. ❤

As I think of mom and the mother figures I’ve had, I celebrate them all with a recipe my husband grew up with and loves to this day. The recipe below is doubled.


May 2016_Dorothys cookbook_Cottage Pudding recipe (1)

3 1/2 C flour                                                                        1 1/2 C sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder                                                2 eggs

1 teaspoon salt                                                                   1 1/2 C milk

1/2 C shortening                                                                 2 teaspoons vanilla

Beat with rotary beater or spoon until smooth. Pour into greased and floured 9″ square pan. Bake. Cut into 3″ squares. Serve warm with hot Vanilla, Lemon, Nutmeg, or Chocolate Sauce. TEMPERATURE: 350 (mod. oven), TIME: Bake 25 to 30 min. AMOUNT: 9 servings. Recipe is from a cookbook Dorothy gave to her mother Lucy, whose Shortcake I featured in my first post in GOOD EATS. The year was 1950.


May 2016_Dorothys cookbook_Cottage Pudding recipe (2)Mix together in sauce pan 1 C sugar and 2 T cornstarch. Stir in gradually 2 cups boiling water. Boil one minute, stirring constantly. Stir in 4 T butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla OR 2 teaspoons lemon juice with 1 T grated lemon rind OR 2 teaspoons nutmeg. Keep hot until time to serve.

May 2016_Bruces signal to make lemon flavored sauce for Cottage Pudding

When I told my  husband what recipe I was making today, he disappeared for a while.

Later when I walked into the kitchen, I saw this on the counter.

Got it.

For this very basic recipe, I mixed the dry into the wet ingredients, later switching to my power mixer (because I doubled the recipe). I am an old fashioned girl and it filters into my cooking. As such, I prefer hand mixing. There is just something about hand mixing.

I usually use a rectangular pan, but I wanted to see how it came out using my round Pyrex pie pan. It turned out well. It just took a bit longer to bake and I used foil part way through to keep the edges from burning.

While my “bun” was baking, I made the sauce.

And…drum roll, please…the finished product with lemon sauce:

When I gave my husband a plate of Cottage Pudding with Lemon Sauce on it today, his comment was, “Oh, yeah…”

Thank you, Dorothy, for passing down a great recipe.

May 2016_Dorothy with Tyler and Kelsey

Dorothy with two of her grandchildren. Correction: I believe this was in 1991.

A Mother’s Day tribute:

April 2015_mom and barbara

Mom with her best friend, Barbara, who passed away last year on Mother’s Day.

❤ Barbara, you are very missed ❤

Here are some of the mother figures in my life. Some I never met, some were never mothers. Each and every one has been influential.

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Please let me know if when you try this recipe, and please come back and comment.


  13 comments for “Dorothy’s Cottage Pudding

  1. May 15, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    A lovely tribute to mothers! And you’re right there is no more difficult occupation than parenthood, no right recipe or manual or we would have issued it to all 12 yo. They give us life and if we’re very lucky it comes blended with love.

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    • May 15, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you very much. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a mother who loves us with her whole heart, and a couple of wonderful grandmothers and two aunts who were fabulous; the latter being my father’s aunts. Hard to fathom how my life would have turned out without them all. Thanks for the reminder, and for stopping by. 🙂

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  2. May 10, 2016 at 7:49 am

    I love the look on Orah’s face in the group shot from the 40s-50s. and great aunt Hazel was a real looker! Love that photo. ❤

    I am tempted to try this cottage pudding. I will have to convert it to GF and sometimes it works and sometimes not…. But I have tons of eggs to use up and plenty of citrus too. No lemons, but perhaps my oranges with a splash of lime might be interesting! (I will test the juices before I commit them to sauce. 😉 )

    I'm so glad you shared this and thank you for the visit too ~ Lynda at the Farmlet

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    • May 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Lynda, thanks for the nice comments! You are most kind. Oh, how I wish I’d met Orah. The four woman in that photo raised my dad, and to be a fly on the wall at certain times would have been such a gift. I have dad’s memoir, her letters, and what he told us of Orah. Oh, my (hence my series about Orah)!

      I will be writing a post soon about our great Aunt Hazel. She stood 4′ 10″, and weighed 110. One leg was shorter than the other so she walked with a significant limp her whole life. It did not slow her down. She was a wonderful lady (who knew bling before bling became bling). We have some of her jewelry. 🙂

      The Cottage Pudding recipe is very old. It’s a very dense, moist cake that feels like you have a bowling ball in your stomach after eating just one piece. Very rich! I think it may hold up pretty well using GF flours. I did use coconut milk in the recipe shown, and it did increase my baking time. Other than that, it baked well.

      My husband says the other two sauces were also very good, but the lemon was his favorite. Get a load of the butter in there…no wonder. 😉

      Good luck and let me know how this turns out! Thanks for stopping by again and for the follow! ❤

      P.S. I want to get chickens for our back yard for the eggs. What are your best tips?


  3. May 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Happy Mother’s Day here! I’m a hand mixer and hand chopper, too. Love the bowls! And such a wonderful picture of Dorothy ❤

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    • May 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Thank you, my friend. Have a great day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤


    • May 8, 2016 at 10:23 am

      This is kind of funny. I have several fancy kitchen gadgets, but I usually find myself making most everything by “hand.” I have a Nook, but I prefer just about any paper book, including the old, smelly ones. Some things can’t be beat. 🙂


  4. Amy
    May 7, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day!

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  5. May 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Oh my gosh. That’s the best fork ever. I zoomed in. And those measuring cups are awesome.

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  6. May 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Look at your beautiful mother! 🙂 What a lovely post and that pudding? Oh my. It looks scrumptious. It’s a pretty neat recipe. I’ve never heard of it before. I LOVE that you have those measuring cups and utensil. That’s really cool. I use my grandma’s bowls when I bake and it’s sort of like she’s there a little. ❤️

    I’m going to have to start a recipe list so I can remember to try all these when we get back. Yum!

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    • May 7, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      You are so kind! I had never heard of Cottage Pudding either until Dorothy told me about it after I married her son. I have made it several times, but thought of it for this new category. It is a very rich recipe as you can see, so I doubt I’ll make any for a long time. Can you zoom in on that granny fork up there? That baby is sharp! Which…only makes it that much more useful. I love it, and keep it right next to my sink. It never goes in the dishwasher, I hand wash it after each use. My guess is it first belonged to Lucy, Dorothy’s mother. It occurred to me today while making this recipe that I use many of Dorothy’s kitchen utensils, including her cutting board, daily. I think of her all the time since she loved to be in the kitchen. It was Dorothy who taught me about home canned food. ❤

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