Native Dessert Recipes


Native people enjoy many kinds of sweets. These recipes are traditional but adapted for the modern kitchen.


Lakota Plum Cakes

1 cup dark raisins
1 cup boiling water
1 16-oz can purple plums, drained and pitted
1 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped fine
1/2 cup melted butter
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt; 1 1/2 tsp. allspice; 1 tsp. ground cloves
1 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Place raisins in small glass bowl, cover with 1 cup boiling water; soak 30 minutes till plump.
Lightly oil 24 or more muffin cups.
Mash plums in a large mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients to plums and mix well.
Add soaked raisins and their liquid. Blend together well.
Fill each muffin cup 1/2 way full.
Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes on wire rack, loosen sides, and turn out of muffin pan.
Serve warm with honey or raspberry-plum butter.


Strawberries Poached in Honey Syrup

1 quart fresh strawberries, washed and stemmed
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup water

Place honey, sugar, and water in a saucepan, and boil rapidly for 5 minutes.
Reduce heat, drop in whole strawberries, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn off heat and let the berries cool to room temperature in the syrup.
May serve warm or cold, ladling syrup over each portion.


Raisin Rice Pudding

3 Tbs. uncooked white rice
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 Tbs. sugar
1 quart milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon

Rinse rice well.
Add all ingredients except the eggs.
Separate eggs, beat whites until stiff.
Beat egg yolks and fold into rice mixture, then fold in egg whites.
Spoon gently into a casserole dish.
Bake at 300 degrees F for approximately 2 hours
or until done; be sure to stir several times.
This dish is best served warm.


Maple Sugar Lollipops

Maple Sugar Sap

Simmer the maple sugar sap on stove for 3-4 hours.
Put syrup into a heavy paper cup.
Place a stick in the middle and wait until the lollipop hardens.
Remove paper from lollipop and it's ready.


Sunflower Cranberry Mix

2 cups raw sunflower seeds
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raisins
1 cup sweetened, dried cranberries

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and serve


Wild Applesauce

4lbs wild crab apples(cored, not peeled) cut in slices
8oz. maple sugar
4 cups water

Place all ingredients in large sauce pan; bring to boil, reduce heat.
Simmer 50 minutes, stirring frequently.


Chokecherry Treats

1 lb. dried chokecherries
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar

Grind up wild chokecherries.
Add shortening; then add sugar.
Form into size of golf balls, and they are ready.


Cranberry Muffins

1 box yellow cake mix (any brand is fine)
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together; spoon into muffin cups.
Bake about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


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