I have said it before and I will say it again -- I am getting so tired of all things pumpkin. They're everywhere. If you looked at Pinterest, you would think that half of the American diet consists of pumpkin-based foods. It is really out of hand. I read somewhere last week that someone (The New York Times, maybe?) declared that pumpkin is the next Nutella. Don't get me wrong -- I really like pumpkin, but I like the spices usually combined with pumpkin as much as the gourd itself.
This is a dessert I have wanted to try out for a while. It's one of those ideas that I love, since it makes something truly delightful out of nearly nothing. I expected it to be full of those Fall flavors like ginger and cinnamon, but I didn't expect it to taste just like a pumpkin pie without the crust. It looks eerily like pumpkin pie, too. I had to put some whipped topping on it just as I do with pumpkin pie. It's what I had for my Thanksgiving dessert. None of the dreaded pumpkin was anywhere near my plate. I'll bet you could even fool your friends.
This is actually a traditional Southern recipe called Indian Pudding or, sometimes, Ozark Pudding. I had to change the name, though, since I feel a little duped after all these years. So, if you make it you know what to expect. You will be amazed by this simple, but so deceptive dessert. I promise.
|i scooped mine out of the pan, but i shoulda just sliced it|
makes one 9" x 13" pan or two 8" round pans
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5 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup light brown sugar
2/3 c yellow cornmeal (not self rising)
2 T unsulphured molasses
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 T bourbon (optional)
Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter the baking dish(es); set aside.
Combine the milk, brown sugar, cornmeal, molasses, ginger, and cinnamon in a very large saucepan. Whisk the ingredients over medium-high heat until it is boiling and thickens, but is still pourable, 15-18 minutes. Remove from the heat, then whisk in the butter, vanilla, and bourbon (if using).
Pour the mixture into the baking dish(es). Bake until golden and the center is set, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Cool at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving.