November 13th is National Indian Pudding Day!
“Indian pudding is a delicious custard made with molasses, cornmeal, milk, butter, spices, eggs, and sometimes apples. Once baked, Indian pudding looks like an inedible mush, but after one bite you’ll be hooked!
This scrumptious recipe has been around for centuries. Early American colonists did not have the necessary ingredients to make plum pudding, so they created an alternative using cornmeal. Indian pudding is still a popular dessert around New England and other parts of the country.” (Source)
I have never had Indian Pudding. However, now that I have made it, and eaten it for this food holiday, I can say that I enjoyed it! It has wonderfully warm flavors, from the molasses and spices, that make it perfect for a Fall/Winter dessert. It is simple to put together, and for this recipe you finish it in a slow cooker. Because I had never eaten Indian pudding before, I did not make any changes to the recipe. Other recipes I found included apples instead of raisins. I would like to try that the next time!
Recipe from About.com- Southern Food
3 cups milk
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2/3 cup chopped raisins
Lightly grease crockpot (slow-cooker). Preheat on high for 20 minutes.
In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the milk, cornmeal, and salt to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously. Turn the heat to medium low and let simmer for 10 minutes, while stirring. After 10 minutes, add in the butter and stir until melted and combined.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, molasses, and spices.
Once the butter has been added to the cornmeal, slowly add the egg mixture to the cornmeal mixture, making sure to whisk quickly and continuously until well combined. Stir in the chopped raisins. Pour this mixture into the prepared crockpot. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 2-3 hours. Serve warm as is, or with a scoop of whipped cream or ice cream! Enjoy!
Made with love, not calories!