When you think of the depression era, you probably think of a time without a whole lot of joy. A time where families barely held on financially and many things were given up in order to pull through. One thing about the human spirit is it finds ways to make light in even the darkest of circumstances. For busy, low income families, this often came in the form of making their kids happy with fun desserts and treats. After all, what's childhood without a little sweetness?
The depression era was a time when people had to get creative. With food rationing and large families to tend to on low incomes, parents found great ways to make their child's favorite sweets on a limited budget and in many cases, the end product was better than before! Here are 12 Decadent Depression Era Desserts for you to make for your kids that they are sure to love, too!
12 Decadent Depression Era Desserts
Try Tomato Soup Cake for something a little different. It actually is a great depression recipe that was sometimes called Mystery Cake. See if your family can guess what the mystery ingredient is!
Culinary Hill has a classic cake recipe from the depression era with this Hot Milk Cake.
Make classic no egg, no milk, no butter Vanilla Depression Cake for the moistest cake around. Looking for more egg-free recipes? Try any of these delicious Egg-Free Crazy Cake Recipes from the depression era.
Sugar Milk Pie from Jade's Homemade Recipes is another recipe that contains only a couple of ingredients and is from the 20's and 30's.
Check out Grandma's Slice and Bake Cookies from Bless This Mess for a simple recipe that you can keep in your fridge or freezer.
Have you ever tried Poor Man's Pudding? It's a classic depression recipe from A Hippie With a Minivan.
When fruit was hard to get, people got creative. Try this Mock Apple Pie from Simply Sweet by Cori. She swears it tastes just like apples.
Another way to get creative with what you had was with this Potato Candy from Christmas Cookies.
These Poor Man's Cookies from Taste of Home contain no Milk, Eggs or Nuts.
How about some Navy Bean Pie from Saveur? I bet it is so creamy you wouldn't even know it was beans!
Another classic sweet from the era are these Crispy Fried Saltines from Relish.
I love this 1930's Cheesecake Recipe from Just a Pinch Recipes.