Indian Pudding

Recipe for Indian Pudding


4 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
hot water


Preheat oven to 250° F. Butter a 1-½-quart casserole. You will also need a large baking dish that the casserole will fit into for a water bath.

Bring 2 cups of milk just to a boil in a saucepan.

Combine cornmeal and scaled milk in the top of a double boiler over not-quite-simmering water. Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cornmeal is smooth.

Add the brown sugar, molasses, salt, butter, ginger, and cinnamon and stir until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole, then pour the remaining 2 cups of cold milk over the top.

Set casserole in a baking dish of hot water.

Bake for 3 hours, or until the pudding is firm.


Makes 8 servings.

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Indian pudding recipe

I'm a very experienced and accomplished cook. This recipe needs a higher temperature. I followed it to the letter, using the highest quality ingredients and equipment . After 3 hours at 250 degrees it hardly thickened . Didn't set up much as it cooled either .The taste was ok but I'm really disappointed in this recipe. My New England family was looking forward to this traditional regional dessert and it was a real let down.

Indian Pudding Recipe

Can you do this in a slow cooker/crock pot? How long would you cook it for and at what level of heat - high or low?


What temperature do you bake it at??


I'm allergic to corn (in any form) and milk protein (butter OK as that is 100% fat). What substitutions would/could you recommend to make this? It looks yummy and I'd love to try it!
Thank you!

cornmeal substitutions

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Hi, Karen. You can substitute the milk with any non-dairy alternative that you enjoy. Perhaps almond or cashew milk? As for the cornmeal, we’d recommend ground oats.

indian pudding substitutes

For the person requesting what might work instead of cornmeal, what about quinoa flakes or quinoa? Would those work?

Basic Goodness

Love the wholesome ingredients. Can’t wait to try it!!


yammy pudding its tastfull thank you