Birds' Nest Pudding


Just like the ones from Little House.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
6 servings


  • 6 tart green apples, peeled and cored

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 3 egg whites

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon maple flavored extract

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 pint heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 2 quart baking dish.

  2. Place apples in prepared dish. Stuff the core of each apple with brown sugar, pressing down slightly. Reserve any remaining sugar. Sprinkle all the apples with the 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Place dish in preheated oven to start baking while the batter is prepared.

  3. Beat egg whites until stiff. In a separate bowl, beat yolks until they change color. Stir milk and maple flavoring into beaten yolks. In a third bowl, combine flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, salt and any remaining brown sugar until well mixed. Pour flour mixture all at once into egg yolk mixture and stir until smooth. Fold beaten egg whites into yolk batter.

  4. Remove apples from oven and pour batter evenly over and around apples.

  5. Bake in preheated oven 45 to 60 minutes more, until crust has browned. Turn each apple, surrounded by some fluffy crust onto a plate and serve at once with sweetened cream.

  6. To make sweetened cream: Stir confectioners' sugar and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg into heavy cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

648 Calories
33g Fat
84g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 648
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 20g 99%
Cholesterol 214mg 71%
Sodium 315mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 84g 31%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 62g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 169mg 13%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 464mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.