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November 13th is National Indian Pudding Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then go grab a bowl because it's National Indian Pudding Day!  Do you want yours hot or cold?  Let's get right into celebrating National Indian Pudding Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Before tasting this myself, I could only assume that people decided to celebrate this tasty little treat because we are edging closer toward Thanksgiving. It's the time of year when the European settlers celebrated their harvest and probably adopted a few culinary tactics from the Indians (or more correctly, Native Americans). They needed a little help feeding the colonists, got some help from the Natives and they might have even had some Indian pudding, during the traditional meal. But after tasting it, I can see why people want to celebrate it; it's not just a traditional thing, it's a delicious thing! And I'm quite sure that many people will agree with me.  But Indian pudding is a sort of what they call "hasty pudding", which is like a pudding or poorige that uses milk and grains. But not only is Indian pudding a bit more traditional but it also has a lot more to it than those two ingredients. It does have milk and the grain you use is cornmeal, but you also add in molasses, cinnamon, ginger and sometimes even butter, raisins and nuts. So, as you can tell, it's got a lot more flavor to it.  And yes, it does have a pudding-like texture to it when it's done but, in order to get to the finished product, you've got quite a bit of cooking ahead of you. You'll heat up the milk, then add in your molasses and cornmeal, and cook it until it starts to thicken. Then you add in the rest of the ingredients and you pour that mixture into a baking dish, because you have to bake it for at least a couple hours. Why? Well, the traditional way probably involved cooking it over a fire or hot coals but by slowly baking it you will allow a lot of the water to evaporate out of it and thicken it up, into a pudding. It almost looks like a darker, soggy pumpkin pie filling when you're done.  It may not sound appealing but, trust me, it's good!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, I know a lot of you like taking the easy way out, so I'm going to let you in on a little secret... You can actually get Indian pudding in a can! That will cut out a lot of the work for you and you can find out what this special pudding is all about, a lot quicker. I'm sure it won't taste exactly the same, as if you made it yourself, but what matters more to you... time or taste?  And you know, you might be able to find a restaurant that serves Indian pudding. So call around, before you opt for the canned version, and see if anyone has some of this delicious pudding waiting for you. I guess it would all depend upon your location, but an Indian pudding scavenger hunt might be a fun way to celebrate!  And if you don't feel like being let down by some canned pudding or spending half the day trying to find a restaurant that serves it, then you can always make some yourself. The prep work doesn't take that long, but you will have to bake it for a couple hours. So you could get it going first thing in the morning and then go workout and shower before it's done or watch a movie, if you want. Then you'll have a lovely pudding ready for you to spoon into your mouth, around brunch time.   Have a great day and enjoy your traditional pudding snack!





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