Today is my little brother’s birthday; Leslie was the youngest of four children, the baby of our family, and siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, cousins and family friends all loved him. I remain extremely close to him; he was and is one of the nicest, most caring people I’ve ever known.
As a child, Leslie loved peanut butter—peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter fudge, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter anything! Even now, 50+ years later, peanut butter is still one of his pantry staples.
Leslie also loved a dessert called Radio Pudding that mom often made for us when we were kids. I’m not sure where this recipe came from, but because of its name I like to guess that mom was listening to the radio one day when she heard the recipe and decided it might be a tasty treat for supper that night. I wonder if she had any inkling that this dessert would become one of her family’s favourite recipes of all times. I often made Radio Pudding for my children when they were growing up, and they loved it, too.
So in honour of my brother’s birthday today, I’m posting mom’s recipe for Radio Pudding. I’m also including a photo of Leslie as a very little boy, waiting patiently at the table for a piece of cake or perhaps for a bowl of Radio Pudding, warm from the oven.
Happy Birthday, little brother. I love you.
1 cup flour
½ cup white sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tartar
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup raisins
½ cup milk
½ tsp. vanilla
Mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add milk and vanilla and mix together well. Add raisins and pour batter into 9 x 9 greased baking dish (glass is best).
Make a sauce of: ½ cup brown sugar; butter the size of a walnut; 2 cups boiling water.
Carefully pour sauce over batter in pan. Bake in moderate (350° F) oven for ½ hour or better. Serve warm.
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