My daughter is obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie books and dvd’s. So naturally for Christmas she got the cookbook (and the craft book) to go along with her Little House books. She wanted to make hasty pudding just like Laura’s grandma did in Little House in the Big Woods. This is basically cornmeal added to boiling water gradually and cooked forever…
Here is a modification of the recipe I found in the Little House cookbook and ones I found on the internet…the cooking time has been cut way back from the hour it took Laura’s grandma!
Basically all you need is cornmeal, liquid (water and/or milk) and a little salt.
I use a ratio of 4 to 1 liquid to cornmeal
Bring 2 cups water and 1 cup milk and salt to taste to a boil in a saucepan
Just before it boils whisk 1 cup cold milk into 1 cup of rough ground cornmeal.
When the liquid in the saucepan boils pour the cold milk/cornmeal into the boiling liquid (this prevents those irritating lumps you get sometimes if you add the cornmeal dry to boiling water)
Bring back to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Cook gently stirring until it is nicely thickened (10 minutes or so)
We eat ours with maple syrup and berries…or molasses and milk. You can also serve it savory with something like cheese and green onions.
With any leftover you can put it into a small loaf pan to mold it, refrigerate and then later slice and fry the polenta.
Try it with a little cinnamon and sugar…oh my!
This is a super easy and very inexpensive breakfast idea…or any time you want something filling, warm, and simple!
So do you do mush?
Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids and…a camel.