Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding Recipe

Cornmeal pudding is very easy to prepare and has been a favorite among Jamaicans for as long as I can remember.

Ingredients:

3 Cups Cornmeal

3/4 Cups Flour

2 Cups Sugar

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoon Cinnamon Extract

1 Teaspoon Grated Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon Mixed Spice

2 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Sachet of Maggie Coconut Milk

Raisins (optional)

Directions:

Mix the cornmeal, flour, sugar and salt together.

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Add water to mix the sachet of coconut milk then slowly add coconut milk to the dry ingredients (2 cups of water is needed)

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Add vanilla, mixed spice, cinnamon extract and grated nutmeg. Add raisins if desired then pour mixture into baking tin and bake at 375 degrees (F) for 1.5 hours.

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Allow it to cool for at least 1 hour before you devour.

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– Aldeam Facey 2015

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

“Fire a top, fire a bottom and hallelujah inna di middle”. I’m sure you have heard that before and you know exactly what I’m talking about. It is the traditional method used to make one of Jamaica’s favorite pastries, sweet potato pudding, using a coal fire above and below the pudding to enable a quick and thorough cooking. I used to look forward to my granny’s sweet potato pudding after church, or my mother’s on a Sunday evening. My mother makes it with that sweet jelly layer on top that very few have been able to duplicate (patent pending ;)).

Many of us may not have the resources needed to make sweet potato pudding using the traditional technique but I’ll share with you the method I use. Sweet potato pudding with a modern twist, while maintaining that rich flavor.

Ingredients (this makes one 9 in pudding)

1 lb Sweet Potato (grated)

1/2 lb Flour

1/2 lb Cornmeal

1/2 lb Sugar

1 Sachet Maggie coconut milk (or one coconut – preferred)

1 Nutmeg

2 1/2 ml (1/2 teaspoon) Vanilla

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder or extract

1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger

1/2 teaspoon Chiffon butter

A “toops” of salt

Directions

Peel and grate the sweet potato.

Grated sweet potato

Add the flour, cornmeal and sugar then mix. Mix the sachet of coconut milk slowly by adding a small volume of water to make a thick cream then adding increasing volumes of water up to about 250 ml (a little over a cup full). Add 2 pinches of salt (none if you are hypertensive), add the grated ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and about 1/3 of a grated nutmeg. Add the butter (melted) and mix well. Some persons add rum and or raisins to their pudding, you may if you chose. Allow the ingredients to get to know each other for about 10-15 minutes.

Sweet potato pudding mix

Pour into a 9″ baking tin and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) for 1 hour 45 minutes (give or take). I use a toaster oven because i’m just a poor boy (you may purchase 1 at Mega Mart for less than 5k) but a gas stove or electric stove works just as well.

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Allow it to cool for about 1 1/2 hours. It smells so good! Enjoy and share with friends and family.

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I really enjoyed this one. So much so, I shared it with everyone (via facebook)I couldn't wait for it to cool.

Feel free to let me know how yours turned out.

– Aldeam Facey