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Celebrated each year on November 13 is National Indian Pudding Day.  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 hasting pudding to North America and completely transformed it.  Originally made with wheat, they substituted cornmeal as, at that time, they lacked wheat.   The colonists had learned how to cultivate maize (corn) from the indigenous peoples,  leading to the new name Indian pudding which 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 puddings.

  • Indian pudding was found in most American cookbooks before 1900.
  • 20th century commercial puddings with industrially perfect smooth 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.

To celebrate National Indian Pudding Day, try the following “tried and true” Indian pudding recipe:


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Indian Pudding Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


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