|Indian Pudding aka Hasty Pudding ~ This traditional cornmeal dessert, full of the flavors of molasses and spices, has been around forever and has had a place at many a Thanksgiving table over the centuries.|
My sister-in-law, Betty, is a retired school teacher and she shared an old recipe with me that she used to make with her students every autumn. They'd make this dessert in the classroom, using a crockpot. The recipe is for ~ Indian Pudding (aka Hasty Pudding). While trying to find out a bit more about this dessert, I found a really interesting website called ~ What's Cooking America. Lisa Stradley shares the origins of this traditional, sweetened cornmeal mush dessert. The post is a fun read and a lot of it I'd never heard before, like... Indian Pudding is also known as Hasty Pudding... or, Indian Pudding is a traditional Thanksgiving Day dish in New England households... or, 'National Indian Pudding Day' is on November 13th (oops, missed that by a few days :). So many little kernels of information (yup, pun intended), it just keeps going on and on... :)
Above ^ is a copy of Betty's original recipe, the one that I used to make this dish. The 'pudding' turns out sorta like a thick cream of wheat and has a wonderful flavor. The molasses and spices give it a really nice, rich taste. I tried mine with both milk and ice cream, (yeah, I had two bowlfuls). Thanks for sharing this recipe, Betty. I guess you're never too old to learn new things in the kitchen... especially when you've got a teacher in the family who cooks!