Recreated Period Old Fashion Indian Pudding


Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Forum Host
May 12, 2010
Now Florida but always a Kentuckian
With Thanksgiving next week wanted to post this Indian Pudding recipe. It was a favorite in New England. Try this recipe from Howard Johnson, old restaurant. We ate at them often when I was young.

1 quart scalded milk
1/3 cup yellow corn meal
pinch of salt
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon ginger

Put scaled milk and corn meal in top of double boiler over boiling water. Add the salt. Cook for 20 minutes. Add ginger. Pour into baking dish which been buttered. Bake for 2 hours in 300 degree oven.

A tasty treat for your Thanksgiving dinner.


First Sergeant
Dec 5, 2019
What a nice, quick recipe for one of the best desserts ever! It was served for years at Durgin-Park, a restaurant in Boston that dated back 200 years. Here is its recipe (from Yankee Magazine):


  • 1 cup granulated yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup black molasses
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lard or unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 cups (1 1/2 quarts) warmed whole milk, divided


Preheat the oven to 450° and generously grease a 2-quart baking dish, preferably one made of porcelain or stone.

Whisk together the first seven ingredients and 3 cups of the warmed milk.

Bake until the mixture begins to bubble, about 10 minutes; then stir in the remaining 3 cups of milk. Reduce the heat to 275° and continue baking another 5 to 7 hours.

Serve warm with freshly whipped (some prefer a scoop of vanilla ice cream).

{An aside: a college friend from Virginia still laughs about her trip to this restaurant. She had never encountered a "Boston Accent" and when she asked for the name of a good restaurant, she was told "Doug 'n Pak". Using that name, she and her husband navigated a cab ride but--on being dropped off--couldn't spot the eating place. So they asked and people were started: "Why, you're standing right in front of it." Doug 'n Pak turned out to be Durgin-Park}.