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Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding

Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
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Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding makes preparing and enjoying this classic New England dessert a snap with a recipe from Plimoth Plantation.

For me, nothing smells and tastes like fall more than a warm bowl of Indian Pudding topped with a creamy, melty scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s a classic New England dessert made from cornmeal, milk, molasses and spices that are baked in the oven until set, but the method is tricky enough that most folks look for their Indian Pudding in restaurants rather than at home.

Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
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Slow-Cooker Indian Pudding

Well, those days are officially over. Thanks to the colonial-era experts at Plimoth Plantation, we now have a trusty Indian Pudding recipe that you can make right in your slow cooker!

Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
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Making the pudding.

In truth, Indian Pudding wants to be in the slow cooker. It’s supposed to sit and simmer for a long time in the oven at a low temperature to achieve a smooth and creamy texture. If it’s rushed, or if the oven door keeps opening and closing, the cornmeal might not break down properly, and your pudding will be gritty. This is why the slow cooker is ideal for good Indian Pudding. With a little prep up front on the stove-top, you can then transfer the batter to the slow cooker for a nice long, slow bake.

Once mine was ready, I spooned a generous amount into a dessert bowl, but it wasn’t quite finished.

Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
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Indian Pudding

What it needed was in the freezer — a thick scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
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Just add ice cream!

Placed on top of the hot pudding, the ice cream melts and combines with the pudding to form a caramel-colored sauce.For me, this sauce is the very best part of the whole Indian Pudding experience.

Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
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Melty and spicy pudding perfection.

Mmmm. As I am fond of saying, this is a dish that’s not going to win any beauty contests, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious!

Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
Nothing left to do but dig in.

Dessert (or sometimes breakfast) of colonial champions!

I’m so glad to now have an easy slow cooker Indian Pudding recipe that I can have baking away while dinner is cooking, I’m at work, or out doing holiday errands. Coming home to this is like coming home to the most vintage of New England comfort food.

Try it this holiday season or winter and see for yourself, then let us know what you think!

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Want more Indian Pudding? Check out “Encyclopedia of Fall: I is for Indian Pudding” from Yankee’s recent “Foliage A-Z” feature from September/October 2012.

Aimee Seavey


Aimee Seavey


As Yankee's Digital Editor, Aimee manages, produces, and promotes content for Yankee's digital and social media initiatives. A lifelong New Englander, she loves history and a good Massachusetts South Shore bar pizza.
Updated Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

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4 Responses to Easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding

  1. Brenda Darroch November 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm #


  2. Gail November 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    I made this for Thanksgiving last year, it was fabulous

  3. Theresa November 15, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    I bought a can of indian pudding at the grocery store once to try it as id never had it before and it looked interesting i opened the can and ate it and it was horrible now that im thinking about it was i suppose to eat it out of the can or was that an ingredient to make the indian pudding with i thought the cansaid ready to eat out of the can i was very disappointed i really wanted to like indian pudding so i would love to give it another try if anyone has any ideas where i could get one already made in ny state thanks

  4. Tracy June 28, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    I realize that you wrote this some time ago but maybe you follow up. I have had this pudding from a can and it tastes nothing like the real thing.

    If you are interested I suggest you check out the REAL recipe and make it. I suspect you will like it. We always served it with either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. Everyone liked it quite a lot.

    My grandmother used to add pieces of fresh apple to it but I preferred it without the apple. I suspect she added the apple just to use them up. She did live on a farm with many apple trees.

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