National Indian Pudding Day is observed each year on November 13.  This day honors a cold-weather classic, which is a traditional New England dessert, Indian pudding.

It was in the seventeenth century that English colonists brought hasty pudding to North America and completely transformed it.  Although it was initially made with wheat, they substituted cornmeal due to a shortage of the grain at the time. The colonists had learned how to cultivate maize (corn) from the indigenous peoples. Indian pudding was derived from their name for cornmeal, Indian meal.  Milk was substituted for water, and they added either molasses or maple syrup along with cinnamon, ground ginger, butter, eggs, raisins, and nuts. Indian pudding is then slowly baked for several hours, transforming its texture from the original porridge-like quality of hasty pudding to a much smoother texture which is more typical of custard.

  • Indian pudding was found in most American cookbooks before 1900.
  • 20th-century commercial puddings with industrially perfect creamy consistency replaced the popularity of  Indian pudding.
  • The long cooking time required for Indian pudding did not appeal to 20th century home cooks.
  • Indian pudding is still associated with autumn holidays and is occasionally served by some restaurants.
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream are usually served with Indian pudding.


Enjoy this  Slow Cooker Indian Pudding Recipe.

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What started as hasty pudding became Indian pudding by necessity in the new world... National Indian Pudding Day