Spotted Pup

This is a dessert recipe from the chuck wagon cooks. It required no eggs, sugar, or fresh milk. It simmered over the fire while the men ate their meals. It got its name "because it looked like a "pup" or calf, and you knew it was done when it was thick enough that a spoon would stick straight up in it "just like the tail of a pup."


  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soft butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Prepare rice and set aside to cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except raisins, and mix. Stir in the rice and raisins until well blended.
  4. Grease a baking dish and pour in the mix. Cover and place in a pan of hot water.
  5. Bake for one hour.
  6. Serve hot or cold in a small dish. Top with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

Variation: Bake pudding in a prepared pie shell or on a bed of cookie crumbs. Make sure the pan is well-greased.