Indian Pudding

October 9, 2012

This unusual dessert is adapted from SimplyRecipes. In their post, they explain that Indian Pudding is “a traditional New England Thanksgiving classic. Indian pudding is a baked custard with milk, butter, molasses, eggs, spices, and cornmeal. The name is likely derived from the cornmeal, known as Indian meal way back when. Here is a tried-and-true recipe for Indian pudding adapted from An Olde Concord Christmas, a long out-of-print book from the Concord Museum.” If you enjoy molasses, you will love it (and not just if you grew up eating brown bread in a can like us New Englanders)!

You will need:

  • 6 c milk
  • 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 c molasses
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1 c golden raisins (optional)
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Then you will…

  1. Scald the milk and butter in a large double boiler. Or heat the milk and butter for 5 or 6 minutes on high heat in the microwave, until it is boiling, then transfer it to a pot on the stove. Keep hot on medium heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, and salt; stir in molasses.
  4. Thin the mixture with about 1/2 cup of scalded milk, a few tablespoons at a time, then gradually add the mixture back to the large pot of scalded milk.
  5. Cook, whisking until thickened.
  6. Temper the eggs by slowly adding a half cup of the hot milk cornmeal mixture to the beaten eggs, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture back in with the hot milk cornmeal mixture, stir to combine.
  7. Stir in the sugar and spices, until smooth. At this point, if the mixture is clumpy, you can run it through a blender to smooth it out.
  8. Stir in the raisins (optional).
  9. Pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish dish. Bake for 2 hours.
  10. Allow the pudding to cool about an hour on the counter to be at its best.
  11. It should be reheated to warm temperature if it has been chilled. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


One comment

  1. One of your papa’s favorite desserts! Add ice cream// whipped cream and it becomes a favorite for all!

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