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Cranberry Pudding With Vanilla Sauce – Guest Post by Pam of The MeltAways

Today’s post is by my friend Pam of The Meltaways. I met Pam last year through triberr, a blogging community. I very much enjoy her posts and recipes. She blogs from the heart and shares her passions of food, Nascar, and family. I really want to make her Caramel Mock Apple Bites and Baked Acorn Squash Rings. She also made the cutest spooky stuffed peppers for Halloween. Pam is the first of guest posts over the next two weeks. I’m away with my mom in Germany visiting family. Thanks to my wonderful guest posters, I get to relax and have fun on my trip.

Hello y’all! In case we haven’t met before, I’m Pam, and I blog at The Meltaways. I am thrilled to be doing this post for Renee today. Renee is such a sweet person, talented writer and photographer and am honored to be able to call her my friend.
This time of year is full of crisp mornings, chilly evenings, and many hours spent with loved ones. Its a sweet time of year, filled with memories and gratitude. I wanted to offer up a dessert, one that as unique as every new holiday season brings us all.

When most people hear pudding, they envision a soft, creamy bowlful of vanilla or chocolate, unless they might be thinking of a thicker rice or bread pudding.

Cranberry Pudding With Vanilla Sauce

This Cranberry Pudding is more along the lines of a baked dessert. It was an unusual and delightful change of pace for us to try. I’ll admit it, I was taken aback by the first few bites. I don’t use a lot of molasses in my recipes, plus the cranberries were tart. But after a few bites, nirvana set in…

Cranberry Pudding With Vanilla Sauce

The tart berries, the firm but custard like texture, the mellow molasses, the sweet vanilla sauce all combined together to perfection. The addition of a little freshly whipped cream placed a crown on a jewel of a dessert.

Cranberry Pudding With Vanilla Sauce

I tortured my husband, who could hardly wait for more by taking a second set of pictures. You would have thought I was killing him before he could get his hands on another slice – he actually licked the plate in between servings! Shhhh…don’t tell him I told you that!

This is definitely a treat that I would not mind making again and serving to guests. The beautiful color of the berries is so festive for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, that you might want to keep this one in mind for the next several weeks.

Cranberry Pudding With Vanilla Sauce

A baked cranberry pudding served with a vanilla sauce. A delicious dessert made with fresh cranberries and great for the holiday season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Renee


For the pudding:

  • 1 1/2 c . flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 c cranberries
  • 1/3 c boiling water
  • 1/2 c molasses

For the vanilla sauce:

  • 1 c sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch


For the pudding:

  1. lightly grease a 9 inch cake pan
  2. in a bowl, sift together the dry ingredients, toss in the berries and the molasses
  3. pour the water over it all and mix until blended
  4. spread the batter into the pan and cover with foil
  5. set it down into a larger baking dish filled with water to about halfway up the sides of the pan
  6. bake at 325 for 60 minutes
  7. allow to cool and then invert onto a serving platter

For the vanilla sauce:

  1. mix cornstarch and milk together
  2. melt butter and sugar together over medium heat, add milk
  3. cook until thickened – about 15 minutes
  4. allow to cool to room temperature
  5. drizzle some of the sauce onto a plate and place a slice of the cranberry pudding on top & drizzle a bit onto the pudding
  6. garnish with fresh whipped cream (optional)

Recipe Notes

A baked cranberry pudding served with a vanilla sauce. A delicious dessert made with fresh cranberries and great for the holiday season.

Recipe by Pam of The Meltaways and adapted from Cranberry Recipes Dot Org. Photos courtesy Pam of The Meltaways.

Recipe Rating


Tuesday 30th of April 2024


Katie Moseman

Wednesday 29th of May 2024

Although I have looked high and low for Pam of The Meltaways, who originally wrote this recipe, she appears to have disappeared from the internet! I would suggest making the cranberry pudding as described, and then just swapping in another vanilla sauce recipe.


Sunday 30th of December 2012

Definitely a family fave, grandma used to make this


Friday 16th of November 2012

Love this recipe--must make it. How much milk for the sauce?

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

Thursday 15th of November 2012

This is certainly an unusual dessert but it sounds so good! I love this type of recipes, easy, a bit tart and with a pool of custard! Wonderful guest post Pam!

Family Foodie

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

This looks amazing! What a great dessert for the Holidays!