Charleston Pudding

Charleston Pudding being served

In a world full of chocolatey desserts, sometimes it can be really nice to have a fruit-based treat at the end of a meal. Charleston pudding is a wonderful alternative to a heavy confection, with crunchy pecans and a refreshing fruit flavor. This old fashioned pudding is in the tradition of bread pudding and plum pudding, but with the classic flavor of apples.

For this recipe you will need to make the batter before folding in the chopped apples and pecans.

making Charleston Pudding batter

The recipe calls for apple brandy, but you can easily substitute rum or rum extract if you don’t happen to have any of this rather pricey booze on hand.

After everything is combined, pour the batter into a greased pan and bake until golden brown and slightly puffed up.

Charleston Pudding in glass baking dish

Charleston pudding is thought to have been adapted from Ozark pudding, a recipe which was carried across the U.S. to Charleston, South Carolina, by French Protestant immigrants known as Huguenots. Since then it has been taste sensation common in the South.

As early as the 1850s a recipe for this delectable could be found in recipe books, with quite a hefty amount of brandy in the batter (a wineglass full) added and a sauce made from butter and sugar. However, a modern take on this suggestion is to serve Charleston pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and/or a dollop of whipped cream.

Charleston Pudding served with ice cream

It’s an uncomplicated recipe, but one that’s really delicious. This one is well worth the effort.

Charleston Pudding spoonful with whipped cream

Charleston Pudding

20 minutes active, 25 minutes inactive to prepare / serves 12


  • 2 cups peeled, cored, coarsely chopped sweet-tart apple (2-3 apples)
  • 1 tablespoon apple brandy (can substitute equal amount of rum extract or rum)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Combine chopped apples and brandy.
  3. In separate bowl mix together dry ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl beat eggs with electric mixer and add sugar and vanilla, mixing for about 3 minutes.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture to the eggs, mixing on low speed.
  6. Fold in pecans and apples.
  7. Pour batter into pan and bake 25 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Recipe adapted from I Cook Stuff.