Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Indian Pudding

This month's edition of Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten Free is being hosted by Katrina at Gluten Free Gidget. She came up with such a creative theme: Dinner with Disney! Be sure to check out her blog at the end of the month for a recipe round up of gluten free treats inspired by Disney movies. My entry is Indian Pudding, inspired by the movie Pocahontas, the story of the meeting of the English settlers in Jamestown with the local tribe of Powhatan Indians. Pocahontas wasn't always sure which direction her life should take, though she ended up finding her path. She also had a deep appreciation and respect for the world around her. These two themes have been very present in my life lately.

It's also getting to be Fall - small hints, like the cool nights we've been experiencing, are noticeable. I start thinking about Thanksgiving, my second favorite holiday (Christmas is #1 in my book). It's a great time to take the chill out of the house by making something low and slow. The aroma of cinnamon and ginger will fill the air!

Authentic recipes for Indian Pudding are gluten free which I didn't realize until not too long ago. My version does not contain any refined sugar or molasses, resulting in a lighter colored pudding that is still sweet, delicious, and comforting!

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or dark molasses)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or white sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Butter a 1 quart baking dish.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook milk until bubbles form at edges. Slowly stir cornmeal and maple syrup into milk. Continue to cook and stir until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in honey, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Pour into prepared dish.
  3. Bake in preheated oven about 2 hours or until set. Serve hot or cold.
It's Wednesday, so don't forget to check out great GF recipe ideas at The Gluten Free Homemaker. Enjoy!


  1. I so love the sound and look of this pudding, Kim! So many ingredients that are my favorites. :-) A nice way to warm up the kitchen while your wonderful treat is cooking, too. I will definitely be making this ... maybe not until my support group meeting though ... I don't think I want to be left alone with the whole pan. ;-)


  2. That sounds delicious! I was wonder how it stays together without eggs, but I guess it's similar reasons as to why polenta stays together.