Native American’s have provided the world with numerous wonderful and help things. Not all have to be life saving and earth shattering to serve a good purpose. Indian Pudding is a great example of that! While it has bettered the position man has had in the world it has improved his attitude as e tried to achieve that new position. Made from Molasses and cornmeal, often flavored with apples or other suitable fruits and baked to delight, it is one of those things that satisfies your taste buds and puts you in a better mood to think about world peace.
How to celebrate – Learn to make Indian Pudding. Studies other Native American recipes. Include Indian Pudding in your Thanksgiving plans.
Indian Pudding was very popular in early America, falling out of favor in the 1900’s due to the time required to cook it. It had been, and still is, a cold weather treat normally served in the New England states.
The original colonists brought the idea of pudding with them from Europe but the recipes there called for wheat which was not easily found in the new colonies. Learning how to grow, and use corn, the colonists used cornmeal instead of wheat and created a new dessert which they called Indian Pudding in honor of their new friends.
It is generally made with cornmeal and molasses or maple syrup, ginger, butter, eggs, raisins, and nuts. Recipes were readily available in most cook books until the 19th century. For a more traditional taste, here’s a recipe for you to try.
Or you can buy it in a can, but I’ll bet the home made version is better. Though it has become a lesser known dessert, those who did try and improve it made it creamier in the 20th century. Pending on how you make it, or buy it, you may want to add vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream to the pudding. Most recipes call for a thicker version which is a little more cake like than like a normal pudding.
Of course you can add anything you like to it. Cherries, apples, and any berries add a kick to the already sweet dessert.
How to celebrate – Try making your own Indian Pudding for the holidays, it would go great with a more traditional Thanksgiving meal! Go to New England where the dessert is making a little bit of a comeback and sample what they make. Serve it at Thanksgiving but don’t tell anybody what it is, see if they can guess.