Eve’s Pudding – simple and delicious!

Eve's Pudding - a delicious combination of apples and sponge, the ultimate comfort pud! Fab Food 4 AllI love autumn, I love the colours, the sound of crisp leaves under foot and I love Bramley apples. Every time I see Bramleys in the supermarket I reach out and buy another pack because they are so delicious and quickly transformed into a delicious pudding. So yesterday rather than making another crumble I remembered Eve’s Pudding which I first made at school and hadn’t made for years. I looked for my old school exercise book but found that I just had the ingredients written down and no method. So I looked on-line at other Eve’s Pudding recipes and decided that a much simpler approach was needed and also decided to add a bit of vanilla bean paste to the sponge topping as well as upping the apple content (why skimp on the healthy bit?)

Eve's Pudding - a delicious combination of apples and sponge, the ultimate comfort pud! Fab Food 4 All

When I served my Eve’s Pudding and custard to the family they all loved it and my daughter asked why I hadn’t made it in years. I couldn’t even remember having made it in her life time but I must have used someone else’s recipe as my school one was so incomplete. So now I’ve developed this fuss free version I will be making this on a regular basis. We all need comfort food, it’s good for the soul and our well being. Having a bowl of Eve’s Pudding and custard is like having hug in a bowl.

Eve's Pudding - a delicious combination of apples and sponge, the ultimate comfort pud! Fab Food 4 All

As the nights draw in and the weather gets chillier it’s time to embrace comfort food so I asked some fellow food bloggers for their favourite puddings, so here they are:

Golden Syrup and Clotted Cream Croissant Pudding – Fab Food 4 All
Klafoutis: A Black Cherry Pudding – Kavey Eats
Plum, Apple and Almond Tarte Tatin – Foodie Quine
Blackberry & Apple Crumble – Tin & Thyme
Slow Cooker Golden Syrup Suet Pudding – Munchies & Munchkins
Slow Cooker Chocolate Dumplings – BakingQueen74


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Eve's Pudding - simple and delicious!
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Eve's Pudding is a British classic, a layer of stewed apples is topped with a vanilla sponge for the ultimate in comfort food, serve with custard or vanilla ice cream!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 3 Bramley apples/cooking apples, about 600g
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • For the sponge topping:
  • 100g self raising flour, sieved
  • 75g buttery spread
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Put the lemon juice and water into a pan.
  3. Peel, core and quarter the apples, then cut each quarter into 3 slices (add the slices to the pan as you go along, giving a stir to coat).
  4. Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the apples and simmer (under a lid) on a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the apples are cooked through.
  5. Once ready take off the heat and transfer to a 15 cm souffle dish to cool.
  6. To make the sponge topping use an electric whisk to beat together the buttery spread and caster sugar until light and fluffy.
  7. Next beat in the vanilla bean paste, followed by the egg a little at a time.
  8. Fold in the flour a tablespoon at a time.
  9. Spread the mixture over the apples.
  10. Bake in the oven for 40 – 45 minutes (or until an inserted skewer comes out clean).
  11. Serve with custard or vanilla ice cream.

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  1. Cathy

    I’ve just followed this recipe still in over at the moment but I’ve never made a sponge with less eggs I am so curious to see how it will turn out, I’ll keep you all posted

    1. Camilla

      Very jealous, I keep meaning to make this again as have a fridge full of Bramleys which were given to me-)

  2. Christine Phillips

    My husband made this for me last night. It was so lovely that he ihad to make another tonight.

    Brilliant recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Christine, it is so good isn’t it. Think I’ll have to make one this weekend as have lots of Bramleys in the fridge:-)

  3. Richard Eldred Hawes

    An old English pudding that is still very enjoyable

  4. Richard Eldred Hawes

    An ‘Old School’ dessert, but one that I still enjoy

    1. Camilla

      Same here, don’t make it often enough!

  5. Margaret

    Gosh its years since i made tis beauty
    One for the neices to help with when they come around

    1. Camilla

      Great Margaret, hope you all have fun making it:-)

  6. bexjones76

    This sounds sooooo nice !! I haven’t had Eve’s Pudding for years .. think I will have to make myself some xx

    1. Camilla

      It’s so good:-)

  7. A S,Edinburgh

    I love apple desserts, but I haven’t had Eve’s Pudding in a long time either. Yours looks beautiful!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it is so good:-)

  8. Amy Fidler

    Love Eve’s pudding xx i’ll give your recipe a go x

    1. Camilla

      It is so good:-)

  9. Ashleigh @ 3GirlsMummy

    This looks absolutely delicious! I may have to have a try at making it in prep for Christmas!

    1. Camilla

      Great Ashleigh:-)

  10. Lorna Craig

    Made it last night,fabulous! Hubby had his with custard, I just had mine as it was , just as great as I remembered! Oh please make this again , said he. No problem dear, I can do that any time! Just a wee bit left………………..mine I think, chef’s privileges lol . Thank you 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Wonderful Lorna, yes I had sadly neglected this recipe for far too long. It’s at the top of the list now:-)

  11. GeorgeW78

    We’ve just been given a large bag of windfall apples so this will be on my list this weekend 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Excellent George, we love this pudding:-)

  12. Platter Talk

    Here is something that I’ve never had the chance to try! Thanks.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dan, hope you get to try it:-)

  13. Elizabeth

    You know, I have never had Eve’s pudding before! I need to remedy this error! Gosh that looks so good!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth, I’m glad I’ve shone a light on this traditional old pudding as many people don’t seem to know about it:-)

  14. Katie Bryson

    These kind of recipes take me straight back to my childhood when my mum and my gran would regularly dish up puddings like this. So soothing and comforting on a chilly day… I must make this for my family as my eldest son would go crazy for it. His nickname is the pudding king as he loves nothing more than sponge & custard based hot desserts! Funnily enough it was what I craved when I was pregnant with him too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie, yes it’s funny the things we crave and go off when pregnant and how these tastes get passed on! Think I’m going to be making another Eve’s Pudding very soon as everyone here loved it:-)

  15. Heather Haigh

    What a conincidence, I made one of these a few days ago for the first time in years. I love your addition of vanilla bean paste.

    1. Camilla

      Fab Heather, it’s the right time of year for it:-)

  16. Laura Tovey

    OMG I bet this tastes awesome!!! Please send some my way!!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Laura, it’s so good:-)

  17. Monika Dabrowski

    This is a lovely recipe with fabulous flavours, apple and vanilla and custard are just so tasty together. I wonder if they still serve it in the school cafeterias, my children never mentioned this dessert.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Monika, when I said it was my old school recipe I meant the one I learned to make in Home-Economics. I wish it had been on the school dinner menu!

  18. Lorna Craig

    I made this at school but haven’t made it in years. Have to do without custard etc though as I have Crohns but small price to pay! Apples on shopping list now 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Great Lorna, glad to have reminded you of this pudding!

  19. munchies & munchkins

    Oh now I need pudding! This looks so good Camilla x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Becky, I’m in full comfort food mode:-)


    That looks lovely – have never tried Eves pudding. Would make a lovely change from Apple pie lol

    1. Camilla

      Thank you! Oh Danielle you’ll love it:-)

  21. Richard Eldred Hawes

    Winter is coming and this is comfort food at its best

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Richard, it really is:-)

  22. Janice

    Oh excellent! I have just got a big pile of apples from a colleague at work, was wondering what to make so now it will be Eve’s Pudding 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Great Janice, enjoy:-)

  23. Lucy

    I’d like a bowl with custard please! Perfect for this time of year

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lucy, yes custard all the way (except for my son who doesn’t like custard)!

  24. anne wallwin

    It looks amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Anne:-)

  25. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Eve’s pudding! It looks like a brilliant winter warmer though – just the thing for a good spoonful of custard 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Oh Becca, you have missed out then and really need to try it-)

  26. Chris Thinly Spread

    This is just autumn in a bowl really isn’t it?! Delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Totally Chris:-)

  27. Choclette

    I love Eve’s pudding, but haven’t made one for a few years – not sure why not. I’m with Dom, it’s cream for me please 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Same here Choclette, used to make it more when I lived at home and must have remembered the rest of the recipe! OK cream sounds lush too, maybe lets go the whole hog and have clotted:-)

  28. glenn hutton

    Looks so warming… and delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Glenn, it really is:-)

  29. Kavey

    This looks so good, I’ve never made one but we have a huge bag of apples from our tree so I’m passing it on to Pete!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks! Fabulous Kavey, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  30. William Gould

    I too have not had this for years! Used to love it – It’s a great alternative to pies and crumbles!

    1. Camilla

      It really is William, kicking myself for not having made a pudding I love in so long!

  31. Dom

    this, I think has to be one of my favourite puddings (no custard for me though, needs to be cream) Yours is so beautiful and such a glorious colour!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Dom, one of my favourites too so makes no sense that I’ve left it so long to make. Will be on my regular make list now:-)

  32. Paul Wilson

    Used to love this sort of thing at school – with lashings of custard.

    1. Camilla

      Wish my school had served this but I did learn to make it at school:-)

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