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Plimoth Plantation's Slow Cooker Indian Pudding

Plimoth Plantation’s Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
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This easy Slow Cooker Indian Pudding recipe from Plimoth Plantation makes preparing and enjoying this classic New England dessert a snap.

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Slow Cooker Indian Pudding
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing cooker
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • Garnish: ice cream, whipped cream, or light cream


Grease the inside of your slow cooker with butter and preheat on high 15 minutes.

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, whisk together milk, cornmeal, and salt, and bring to a boil. Continue whisking another 5 minutes; then cover and simmer on low 10 minutes. Remove from the burner and add butter.

In a medium-size bowl, combine eggs, molasses, and spices. Add some of the hot cornmeal mixture to the egg mixture to temper the eggs; then transfer egg mixture into the pot. Stir in cranberries, if you like.

Scrape batter into the slow cooker (5-6 quart) and cook on high 2 to 3 hours or on low 6 to 8 hours. The center will be not quite set.

Serve warm topped with ice cream, whipped cream, or light cream.
Updated Thursday, November 12th, 2015

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25 Responses to Plimoth Plantation’s Slow Cooker Indian Pudding

  1. Marthalie Thurston November 14, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Halleluiah! @ long last NO lumps. Smooooth and creamy. Thank you so very much.
    A very Blessed Thanksgiving to all
    Marthalie & Sachem Piper in Vermont

  2. Anonymous November 27, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    I made this slow cooker Indian Pudding for Thanksgiving this year and it was met with rave reviews. My uncle said it was perfect — not too sweet and just like he remembered it. Will definitely make this recipe again!

  3. Anonymous December 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    This is wonderful to make ahead of time on Thanksgiving morning and it will be ready for a dessert. It is fairly easy to assemble, and the flavors melding together make it delicious. It is so good with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

  4. Anonymous February 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    I appreciate the people giving their reviews – this was encouraging to me to try family and friends just loved it and wolfed it down – served with a good vanilla ice cream/ will be on my to do list for my Thanksgiving meal.

  5. Anne April 19, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    My grandmother used to make Indian pudding in an old pressure cooker. It was my favorite dessert. I have since tried several times to duplicate it, using her recipe, but for whatever reason it has never tasted quite the same. Might have something to do with time and place. Will definitely give this recipe a try.

  6. Sandra March 31, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Our family loves Indian pudding and this recipe by far is the best. Not just for Thanksgiving any longer. I use my slow cooker on a regular basis and this recipe came out perfectly. Especially like the dried cranberries – so much better than raisins.

    Many thanks!

  7. Susan Senechal October 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    I would like to try the plimouth plantation slo-cooker Indian pudding receipe and I was wondering
    How many servings the receipe makes and if the receipe can be doubled?

    • Aimee Seavey October 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      Hi Susan. I’d say this recipe makes 4-6 servings depending on portion size. We haven’t tested it doubled, so we can’t advise on how much longer it would need to cook, but if you try it out, please report back! Thanks!

  8. Pam November 4, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    They had very little wheat and had to use cornmeal which they called Indian Meal ! Which they got from the Indians.

  9. Addison L. Smith November 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Is there a company that makes indian pudding that sells it on-line?

  10. Chris December 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    I have never made Indian Pudding before but I want to try this recipe. I was wondering if this is good reheated? There is just the two of us and I don’t want it to go to waste.

    • Aimee Seavey December 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Chris. Indian Pudding reheats fine — just be sure to cover it with plastic wrap (with a hole to vent) if you’re microwaving it so it doesn’t dry out!

  11. Jean February 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    What size slow cooker?

    • Aimee Seavey February 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

      Hi Jean. A standard 5-6 quart slow cooker works best with this recipe. I’ll adjust the recipe instructions to specify. Thanks!

      • Jean February 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

        Thank you. That is good.

  12. Barbie June 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    I made mine and added some Butterscotch and Vanilla box Instant pudding mix. It came out delish!! I did not use butter but 3 eggs and 1/2 cup of Molasses cinnamon and Ginger, No salt and sprayed the slow cooker with Pam. YUMMMMMMY!!

  13. Pam white September 18, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    love this recipe, used to make an Indian Pudding in my microwave and serve it to my kids for breakfast with vanilla ice cream before school. Now in thier 30’s and 40’s it is a favorite memory.

  14. POLLY November 8, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    I was introduced to this at Durgin Park in Boston in the ’50s by my grandfather.
    I’ve done the classic recipe at home but I’ll take my slow cooker when I go to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving.

    The recipe doesn’t say how many servings! Can anyone enlighten me?

  15. Leslie November 16, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    I have been making Indian Pudding for many years. Always for my father-in-law who LOVED IT! He made me feel so special….I don’ have a slow cooker in my possession right now. Can I adjust cooking time to the oven?
    Having a Turkey Dinner Girls Night tonight….HELP ! Thank you so much

  16. Janice Bettencourtt November 16, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Can you use honey instead of molasses. I am a diabetic.

    • Aimee Seavey November 16, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Janice. We haven’t tried this recipe using honey. If you do, let us know how it turns out!

  17. Brian Fieldsend November 26, 2015 at 9:16 am #

    I am guessing that this is finished in the oven with no lid on the baking dish?

  18. Tracy June 28, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    When I was little my Grandmother used to make this pudding and as I got older so did my mother. I can still almost taste it even tho I haven’t had any in years.

    My brother and I thought the name “Indian Pudding” was funny but not funny enough for my brother who ended up calling it “Wahoo” Pudding because for some reason he thought the original Indians would have used that word.
    Pretty silly, I know, but to this day whenever I make it I still think of it as “Wahoo Pudding”.

    Hope no thinks of this as an insult to the American Indian. The only thing we knew about Indians in that time period was from the silly programs we watched on early tv shows.

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