Native American Pudding, Also Known As Indian Pudding
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How did I find this!
I had the opportunity of living in Eastport, Maine for couple of years. It was far away from everything, but the surroundings were beautiful! This was my first time living close to any Native American tribe, and I regret not getting to know them enough.
The Passamaquoddy tribe was situated in an island next to Eastport. Eastport is also an island which connects to the mainland via route 190 which, in turns passes, through the Quoddy village. So we had to drive thru the village to get anywhere. Speed limit : 15 m, not joking! And you better not be driving any faster than that!
There was this quaint Native American store at the tip of route 190 where it connected with the main road. I would often stop there and browse through their beautiful things, and always ended up buying something or other.
They had a little section of food items which mostly carried canned, or packed goods. On one occasion, I found this can of Indian Pudding! I had never heard of Indian pudding before. I asked the store owner, who was from the Passamaquoddy tribe, what it was. He explained to me that this was a native American dessert, and went on to explain the whole process of how it was made. I haven't found this easy method of making the Indian Pudding anywhere. Not only did I buy the can of Indian Pudding, I went home and made it.
I can't describe the taste. I have not eaten anything like it! Wonderfully, smooth, and delicious!
Anyway, here's the simple recipe for American Indian Pudding. Don't be fooled by the way it looks, it's actually very tasty!
All you need, plus milk
- 3 cups Of Milk
- 3/4 cup Of Cornmeal
- 3/4 cup Of Molasses
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 tbsp Butter, optional
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, optional
- 1/4 tsp Salt
Five Simple Steps:
- Put all the ingredients in a medium pot and whisk everything together until smooth. Set it on the stove over medium heat, string constantly.
- Once the mixture thicken, take it off the stove.
- Take a medium glass baking pan, grease it, and pour the mixture into the dish.
- turn the oven on to 250F. Put the dish in the oven, and leave it for an hour.
- After an hour, shut the oven off and leave the pudding in the oven for another 20 min. 5- take it out of the oven and serve.
Indian Pudding tastes great warm or cold. Serve it with vanilla ice cream, or whip cream. Or you can eat it on its own.
This is a wonderful variation from the regular desserts, easy to make and very delicious. Hope you will give it a try!