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Indian Pudding (1978)

Indian Pudding (1978)
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Total Time: 45

Yield: 8 servings

Another "Great New England Cook," Dorothy Oliveira of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, came our way in the late 1970s with recipes for chicken fricassee and something called "tomato soup cake" (we passed on that one). Her Indian pudding, from September 1978, is a classic, however. In her original recipe, she called for a "lump of butter the size of a medium egg." We decided that was two and a half tablespoons.

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Indian Pudding (1978)


  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger>
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing


Heat oven to 325°. In a small pan, scald milk. Whisk in molasses and cornmeal, and cook until thickened. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, combine egg, sugar, salt, ginger, and cinnamon; stir into cornmeal/milk mixture. Pour into a greased 1-quart casserole. Bake 30 minutes. Add milk and butter. Continue baking about 1 hour. Serve with cream or ice cream.

Updated Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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7 Responses to Indian Pudding (1978)

  1. Anonymous September 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    This was absolutely fabulous! It made the house smell like when I was a little girl, the texture was perfect and I ATE THE ENTIRE PAN!

  2. Marguerite Cartwright October 1, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Why did you pass on tomato soup cake? It is excellent and we used to have it all the time. Try it, you’ll like it!

  3. Richard Way November 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    This was SO good!!

  4. A Shinske October 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    The tomato soup cake IS delicious if you have a great recipe! Do try it, I agree!

  5. Nancy Lawler November 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    My Mom made tomato soup cake and it was sooooooo wonderful. Warm spices that would perfume our house. Made a cool rainy/snowy day warm and comforting. Sometimes adding raisins and frosting with a cream cheese frosting . Great memories,

  6. elaine December 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    I am from Maine and my MOM made the best India Pudding.when I lived at home.

    Elaine from Maine, now from Florida.

  7. A. Burns October 1, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    I am so glad I found this via Facebook. I will try it. Regarding the tomato soup cake — you have to try it. It is a rich, soft spice cake. Becky Johnson’s book, “Memories: Vintage Cake Recipes” has an excellent recipe for “Husband’s Cake” which is what they used to call tomato soup cake.

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