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The recipe as printed:
Boil the samp well till dry, add good milk, a little
sweetening, and a good quantity of sweet apples
sliced thinly, well baked, eaten with molasses, sugar,
Adapted from Nature's Own Book by Asenath Nicholson (1835)
2 1/4 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk, divided
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup coarse corn meal
1/2 cup apple, very thinly sliced
Heat 2 cups of the milk and the sugar together over very low heat. Gradually whisk in corn meal, stirring thoroughly to avoid lumping. Continue to cook mixture, stirring until thickened. Arrange apple slices in bottom of a well-greased baking dish and pour pudding over the apples. Pour 1/4 cup of milk over the pudding, do not stir it in. Bake at 300 degrees for about 2 hours.