The name for this time-honored dessert probably is derived from the fact that it was prepared with cornmeal, which the early American settlers strongly associated with the Indians. Similar in texture to thick porridge, this easy-to-make classic is great on a cold day when you want something warm, comforting and sweet.
- 5 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
- 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons mild-flavored (light) molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Butter 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.
Combine whole milk, brown sugar, cornmeal, molasses, ginger and cinnamon in heavy large saucepan.
Whisk over medium-high heat until mixture thickens but can still be poured, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Whisk in butter and vanilla extract.
Transfer pudding mixture to prepared baking dish.
Bake pudding until golden brown and center no longer moves when pan is shaken, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
Scoop pudding into bowls.
Top with ice cream or frozen yogurt and serve.
The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Indian Pudding.
The Facts: Indian pudding is a more elaborate form of corn hasty pudding. It consists of milk, cornmeal, and molasses, (or, alternatively, maple syrup and honey, and sometimes sugar), spices (nearly always including cinnamon and ground ginger), butter, and usually raisins and nuts, baked in a slow oven for several hours. It is a traditional New England dessert.
- The name Indian pudding does not refer to the natives but in fact is used to identify the main ingredient which is cornmeal and was earlier called Indian meal.
- November 13th is National Indian Pudding Day.
- National Indian pudding Day is utilized to enjoy the savory and sweet puddings which are part of the Native American Indian cuisine.
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