Enfield Shaker Bread Pudding Recipe

ELDRESS ROSETTA CUMMINGS, ENFIELD SHAKER VILLAGE, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Enfield Shaker Bread Pudding
Enfield Shaker Bread Pudding

ORIGINAL RECIPE

“I sometimes make a pudding of cracked wheat which I think is quite palatable and healthy, by taking the mush which has been thoroughly cooked, and adding sugar, milk, and eggs, (raisins if you choose). Prepare in about the same way you would for a nice pudding.”

Enfield Shaker Bread Pudding Recipe

KITCHEN-TESTED BY NAN MUNSEY, ENFIELD SHAKER MUSEUM

UPDATED RECIPE
3/4 cup (108 grams) cracked wheat
1/3 cup (123 grams) molasses
4 cups (980 grams) 2% (or whole) milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cinnamon stick or
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 lightly beaten eggs
1/2 cup (77 grams) raisins

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for optional topping

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large saucepan, slowly heat the milk with the cracked wheat, molasses, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon stick. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently for about 15-20 minutes until thickened. Taste. The mush should be slightly chewy but not crunchy.

Cool slightly. Remove the cinnamon stick. Mix in the eggs and raisins.

Spoon the mixture into small ramekins. Will likely fit in 9 small, 1/2-cup ramekins.

Place ramekins in a large baking pan and pour enough boiling water into the pan to reach three-fourths of the way up the sides of the ramekins.

Bake for 25 minutes. Cool. Garnish with optional topping.

Kitchen-Tester’s Note: The updated recipe with molasses is very reminiscent of Indian Pudding. Eldress Rosetta’s recipe with sugar and no suggested spices would have tasted more like a rice pudding. If you choose to make this with sugar, use 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar.

This recipe for Cracked Wheat Bread Pudding was included in a letter that Enfield Shaker sister Rosetta Cummings wrote to Eleanor Elkins, wife of Hervey Elkins, in the second half of the 19th century. Hervey Elkins had been a brother at the Enfield, NH Shaker community for 15 years, before leaving in 1852 to marry Shaker sister Martha Hart (sadly, she died in 1856) and to become an itinerant Universalist preacher, traveling around New England. The original letter is in The Galen Beale Collection: Letters of the Hervey Elkins Family. Enfield Shaker Museum very much appreciates the opportunity to share this recipe.

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