Indian Pudding: A Traditional and Delicious Holiday Dessert

One of the best things about the holidays is the delicious food! From savory dishes to sweet desserts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. One traditional dessert that is popular in many parts of the world is Indian pudding.

If you are looking for a tasty and unique holiday dessert, try Indian Pudding! If you are looking for a delicious and special holiday dessert, try Indian Pudding! This dish contains cornmeal, milk, sugar, butter, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It is usually served with whipped cream or ice cream on top.

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What is Indian Pudding?

I’m so glad you asked! Indian pudding is a traditional New England dish that has been around for centuries. It’s made with cornmeal, molasses, and spices and is typically served with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream on top.

Some people say that Indian pudding is like a cross between pumpkin pie and Spice Cake – and I have to say, I agree! It’s the perfect fall dessert (or breakfast!) And even though it has the word “pudding” in the name, don’t be fooled – this is not your typical dessert pudding. It’s more like a dense, moist cake or bread.

What Ingredients Go Into Making Indian Pudding?

Indian pudding is usually made from cornmeal, milk, sugar, butter, eggs, and spices.

Some variations also include vanilla extract, raisins, and nuts. The pudding is usually baked in a slow oven until it is thick and creamy.

Indian Pudding Recipe

This recipe for Indian Pudding is a classic New England dessert made with cornmeal, milk, sugar, and spices. It’s usually served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 1-quart baking dish. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine cornmeal, milk, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens and boils. 
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. 
  4. Enjoy! Bake for 30 minutes or until the pudding is firm. Serve warm with ice cream.

Indian pudding using Slow Cooker

One of the best things about a slow cooker is that it produces moist and tender dishes. This Indian pudding recipe fits that bill perfectly.


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • Four eggs, beaten
  • Two tablespoons of butter, melted
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Combine the cornmeal, milk, sugar, and salt in your slow cooker.
  2. Stir in the eggs, butter, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the pudding is thickened and cooked through.
  4. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream for dessert.