Grape-Nuts Cereal—they’re not made of grapes, or nuts, and yet it’s called Grape-nuts! Grapenut pudding topped with fresh whipped cream is a true comfort food. One taste and this vintage dessert recipe will become one of your all time favorites too.
According to Post, “Grape-Nuts…are great complements to a healthy lifestyle – great-tasting cereals that are rich in whole-grain (33g per serving) and provide fiber (with 7 g per serving). Diets rich in whole-grain foods and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease.”
I’ve been making grapenut pudding ever since I got married, and that’s very long time! At first I thought it was a New England thing, since whenever I went out of the area, no one seemed to know what grapenut pudding was. They assumed it was made with grapes and/or nuts. The pudding is made much like a custard with eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar. But when grapenuts are added to the mix, it becomes a totally different dessert.
My version of grapenut pudding is made by soaking the grapenuts in scalded or warm milk for 15 minutes, adding it to the rest of the ingredients and baking in a water bath. The grapenuts sink to the bottom, and the silky custard remains on top, resulting in a two-layered dessert. The best way to serve this is with a big dollop of fresh whipped cream. Make this old-fashioned grapenut pudding more elegant with a drizzle of chocolate ganache over the whipped cream as well.
Grapenut Pudding Recipe
- 3 cups whole milk
- 3/4 cups Grape-nuts Cereal (not flakes)
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
How To Make Grapenut Pudding
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray an 8 x 8-inch glass baking or casserole dish with vegetable spray. Do not use metal.
- Warm milk almost to scalding. Remove from heat and stir in Grape-nuts. Let sit for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl with a whip attachment, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Whip until well mixed. Add milk and grape-nuts and mix on low only until blended.
- Fill a 9 x 13-inch pan 1/3 with hot water. Place the prepared 8 x 8-inch dish into the pan with the hot water. Pour grapenut pudding into the smaller pan. Place the pans very carefully into the oven, and bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
- Serves 6-8.
- Chill and serve with fresh whipped cream.
- Recipe can be doubled in a 9 x 13-inch pan.
Whipped Cream Recipe
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
How To Make Whipped Cream
- In large mixing bowl, beat cream until it sets up. There’s no way to explain how long this will take. Every mixer is different. It should be light and fluffy and look like soft whipped cream. Do NOT let it get to the butter stage which can happen very quickly. You can always whip it a little more after the sugar is added.
- Add powdered sugar and and vanilla and beat until fluffy and stiff. Do not overbeat.
Recipe and photo credit: Donna Diegel