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Oct 6, 2010 09:00 AM

Indian Pudding

Hi all,
I'm writing a story for Saveur Magazine on Indian Pudding. What are the best places to get it in Boston? Is Durgin Park still considered the gold standard?
Also, do you like Indian Pudding? If so, why? If not, why not (e.g., the color, the texture, etc.).
What's the reaction of people from outside New England to Indian Pudding.
Is it a family tradition for you and do you make it at home or have a special place to eat it?
Why has Indian Pudding not become popular in the rest of the country?
Thanks so much.
Laura Weiss

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

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  1. Haven't thought about Indian pudding in years. If Durgin Park is the gold standard, I can't help but wonder if it's because it's one of the few places that have it on the menu. They also have coffee jello, but that's getting off track. I love my pudding to be very firm, none of that soupy stuff. It should have a bit of a grainy texture, served warm with vanilla ice cream melting all over it.

    Durgin Park
    1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

    1. I remember an old Julia Child episode where she had made Indian Pudding in some kind of earthenware crock/bowl and IIRC, it took 6 hours of slow baking in the oven; could have something to do with it!

      1. Which of us.. prepares anything (outside of BBQ) which cooks for hours, unless it's Thanksgiving? Having said that, I remember it being cooked in a coffee can by my grandmother, who was originally from central Maine....

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        1. re: okra

          Well... I do, all the time. I did screw up Indian pudding royally, though. Agree with various other posters that a nice twist on the topic would be to feature the Indian pudding ice cream.

          1. re: djd

            Me too; I hardly feel like I'm cooking if it doesn't take a few hours! Anyway, re Indian pudding ice cream, the Ice Cream Smith in Dorchester had Indian pudding ice cream in september but I think they've traded out that flavor for pumpkin; I sampled the indian pudding flavor and it was good, but I can't say I'd want a whole serving - too monotonous. I agree with Alcachofa that it's the contrast between the indian pudding and the ice cream that really makes the dish work.

        2. I LOVE Indian Pudding and yes, Durgin Park is about the only place left where you can get it. A few years ago JP Licks had Indian Pudding ice cream in Oct./Nov. and it was fantastic, but they haven't had it again in the last few years. I love the taste and the texture and, while I do like it with vanilla ice cream, I'm just as happy to eat it plain. I imagine that it hasn't become popular elsewhere because it takes so long to make.

          Durgin Park
          1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

          1. I love the Indian pudding at Locke Ober

            I love making too. Often, my favorite experience of my year is a snow-bound day: get the wood stove going, roast a chicken and make Indian pudding.

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