Truman’s Favorite Dessert for a President’s Day Celebration

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February to resolve the problem of needing to create a holiday for each separate president (too many holidays go against the “work ethic” it would seem).


Indeed, as long as it’s a day off, why work hard fixing something to eat? To that end, I looked at the favorite recipes of Bess Truman, who cooked for her husband, President Harry S. Truman, for many years. According to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library:

“Truman was not a picky eater. However, he preferred traditional farm style food like roast and fried chicken. When pushed to comment on his food preferences he one time stated: ‘Never notice what’s put before me. Learned in the army to eat what could be obtained and like it. In my outfit when a man kicked about the food, he was given a chance to improve it. That soon cured the kickers and they took what was put before them and liked it.’”

Well then, that makes it easier! And since we’re celebrating, I think a dessert is in order. This is the recipe for one of the Trumans’ favorite desserts, Ozark Pudding. It is quick, easy, and most importantly, gooey.

Ozark Pudding

1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup raw apples, finely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat egg and sugar a long time until very smooth. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and stir into sugar-egg mixture. Add apples, nuts, and vanilla. Bake in a buttered pie pan in a 350 degree over for 35 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.”

SOURCE: Archivist, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

Picture from the Post and Courier of S. Carolina, where Ozark Pudding is known as Hugunot Torte

Picture from the Post and Courier of S. Carolina, where Ozark Pudding is known as Hugunot Torte

Note: There are a number of variations of this recipe on the web, such as here and here.

Happy President’s Day!!


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10 Responses to Truman’s Favorite Dessert for a President’s Day Celebration

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    Are you making this today? My menu will consist of a hot dog from Sonic – they’re $1 today.

  2. Care says:

    Hmmm – seems like a LOT of baking powder. But now I have to try it…

  3. Are there no raisens or currants in there? Looks like there might be. And it looks delicious, though I might try it with sour cream.

  4. Beth F says:

    I have never had Ozark pudding. Who knew it was so easy to make. And I’m with Care … it does look like a lot of baking powder. But what do I know?

  5. This sounds interesting and I’m curious to see how it’d taste. It’s easy enough that it’d be fun to make as an experiment and would work great for talking to kids about Truman.

  6. jama says:

    I love learning about Presidential food. Ozark Pudding looks easy to make — I enjoy anything with apples. 🙂

  7. Claudia says:

    It looks like it might be good. So, what was your verdict on Truman’s favorite? And were there raisins in it?

  8. Now off to find where/what Ozark is! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

  9. Vicki says:

    I’ve never had Ozark pudding, but it looks easy enough to make.

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