My one recipe post from our month-long stay in the US.  As you can imagine, I was too busy eating tacos and pizza, doughnuts and cereal, chips and queso and salsa, to focus on much home cooking.  But I came home to a cookbook starring America’s food history in flour and butter that I had won at a fellow mom-food blogger’s site, and couldn’t resist trying out at least one recipe in the homeland.

The Indian in the original title of this recipe refers to the native peoples of North America, but upon tasting this spiced pudding, you could convince yourself of sub-continental origins.  For that reason and to be politically correct, I have altered the name of this pumpkin-pie-filling-esque pudding.  This pudding calls for no added fat, no added sugar, and has super healthy ingredients like iron-rich molasses and whole-grain polenta.  The result is something I don’t mind at all serving to Miles for a snack, or enjoying myself.

American Indian Pudding (from America’s Great Lost Recipes)

  • 4 cups + 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup polenta (course stone-ground corn grits, not instant)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  1. Preheat oven to 275F.  Boil a kettle of water.  Grease a 2 quart baking dish.  Prepare a roasting pan.
  2. Heat 4 cups milk with molasses, syrup, spices and salt over medium heat until simmering.  Slowly whisk in the polenta and cook slowly for about 15 minutes, until thickened.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, 2 Tbsp milk and cornstarch in a small bowl.  Add to milk-polenta mixture in a slow stream, whisking all the while.  Heat for 1-2 minutes, until big bubbles rise to the top.  Remove from heat.
  4. Pour into greased casserole dish.  Cover with foil.  Place into roasting pan and pour boiling water around until it reaches half way up the pudding level in the dish.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 2 hours.  Remove pudding from water bath and cool at least 20 min on a rack.  Serve warm or chill to serve later.
  6. Serve to your friends and family, young and old.  This would be delicious with whipped cream.
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