Cornmeal pudding is one of the popular Caribbean desserts that is enjoyed all year round, but it is especially popular during the holidays.

I remember as a child looking forward to buying a slice of Miss Mary’s cornmeal pudding,  or sweet potato pudding after school. It was sweet, soft and the creamy custard on top was such a delight.

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding Slice

My mom also made her version that I also enjoyed using fresh coconut milk, mixed spice, nutmeg, and vanilla.

I’m so happy that now I make my own vegan and gluten-free versions including Sweet Potato Pudding and Jamaican Christmas Cake that remind me of those carefree days.

My inspiration for this recipe for Jamaican cornmeal pudding came a few days ago when my brother from England sent me a photo of cornmeal pudding he had made. It looked amazing, so I asked him to share with me his recipe so I could make a vegan version of it.

Before he could reply, I remembered that years ago, I had made a vegan version of  Grace Foods Cornmeal Pudding and it was amazing. 

I quickly told him not to bother (since I didn’t want to wait) and I sent him a link to Grace’s recipe and told him I would go ahead and make a vegan version of it instead. He wrote me back and said Wow that was the very recipe he made.

Why You’ll Love This Cornmeal Pudding Recipe

  • Authentic Caribbean Flavors: It captures the authentic flavors of Jamaica, making it a delightful taste of the Caribbean.
  • Perfect for Holidays: This dessert is especially popular during holidays, making it a festive and heartwarming addition to your celebrations.
  • Creamy Coconut Custard: The creamy coconut custard topping adds a luscious and sweet contrast to the firm pudding consistency, creating a delightful textural experience.
  • Rich and Flavorful: The inclusion of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, along with coconut milk, results in a rich and flavorful dessert that’s a true indulgence.
Cornmeal Pudding

Ingredients Needed

  • Coconut Milk: Adds a rich, creamy, and tropical flavor to the pudding, enhancing its authenticity.
  • Non-Dairy Butter (optional): Contributes to the richness of the pudding, adding a layer of flavor and smoothness.
  • Organic Cane Sugar: Sweetens the pudding, balancing the natural flavors and adding sweetness.
  • Salt: Enhances the overall flavor by bringing out other taste components in the dish.
  • Cinnamon: Adds warm, aromatic notes to the pudding, giving it a delightful spiced flavor.
  • Ground Nutmeg: Provides a touch of nutty and slightly sweet flavor, complementing the other spices.
  • Vanilla: Infuses the pudding with a pleasant, aromatic essence, enhancing its overall appeal.
  • Cornmeal: Serves as the primary ingredient, giving the pudding its characteristic texture and flavor.
  • AllPurpose GlutenFree Flour (or regular flour): Aids in binding and thickening the pudding.
  • Raisins: Introduces sweet, chewy bits to the pudding, providing bursts of sweetness and texture.
  • The custard made with Coconut Milk, Sugar, and Cinnamon offers a creamy and sweet contrast to the firm pudding base.

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How To Make Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

To make a Vegan and Gluten-Free Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding I used cornmeal and Krusteaz Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour. You can substitute with regular all-purpose flour.

  1. In a large bowl combine, cornmeal, all-purpose flour. Bring coconut milk, water, non-dairy butter, sugar,  salt, and spices to a boil in a large pot on medium-high. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Using a whisk, slowly pour cornmeal/flour mixture into a simmering liquid while stirring constantly until a thick mixture is formed, continue mixing to remove all lumps
  3. Add raisins and stir, cover the pot and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. While the cornmeal is cooking, prepare the custard.
  4. To prepare the custard, mix coconut milk, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium and set aside.
  5. Scoop cornmeal mixture into prepared pan, pour custard on top of the pudding and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Allow the cornpone to cool for 15 minutes before slicing the cornmeal pudding.
Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

Expert Tips

  • For the best flavor and texture, it’s recommended to use full-fat coconut milk from a can or fresh coconut milk. Avoid using light or diluted coconut milk, as it won’t provide the same richness.
  • When adding the cornmeal and flour mixture to the simmering liquid, be sure to stir constantly to prevent lumps from forming. This is crucial for achieving a smooth consistency.
  • To make it easier to remove the pudding from the pan and ensure it doesn’t stick, line the baking pan with parchment paper and brush it with oil or use cooking spray.
  • Keep a close eye on the pudding while it’s baking. It should bake for about 45 minutes, but ovens can vary. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or knife into the center; it should come out clean when the pudding is ready.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Fruit Additions: Experiment with different dried fruits like currants, chopped dried apricots, or dates in place of raisins for a unique flavor twist.
  • Nuts: Add a crunchy element by incorporating chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts into the pudding mixture.
  • Spice It Up: If you enjoy spicier desserts, consider adding a pinch of ground cloves or allspice to the pudding for an extra layer of warmth and complexity.
  • Coconut Variations: You can customize the coconut element by using toasted coconut flakes for added texture and flavor. Alternatively, you can mix in a tablespoon of coconut extract to intensify the coconut taste.

Storage Tips

Room Temperature: Cornmeal pudding can be left at room temperature for a few hours if you plan to serve it the same day. However, it’s advisable to refrigerate it if you won’t consume it within a few hours, especially in warm or humid climates.

Refrigerator: For longer-term storage, place the cooled cornmeal pudding in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Store it in the refrigerator. Properly stored, it can last for up to 3-4 days.

Freezer: If you want to store cornmeal pudding for an extended period, consider freezing it. To freeze, cut the pudding into portions and wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place the wrapped portions in a resealable freezer bag, removing as much air as possible.

Frozen cornmeal pudding can last for up to 2-3 months.

Thawing: When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen pudding, transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw slowly overnight.

Alternatively, you can reheat individual slices in the microwave or oven from frozen, but the texture may be slightly different.

Serving Suggestions

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding can be enjoyed warm or chilled, so you can serve it according to your preference. Some people enjoy it right out of the oven, while others prefer it cooled in the fridge.

Recipe FAQs

Should I use canned coconut milk or coconut milk from a carton?

Use full-fat coconut milk from a can or fresh coconut milk made from scratch. Cornmeal pudding is a rich dessert that’s full of flavor so coconut milk that is not watered down is best. 

Can I adjust the sweetness of the pudding?

Yes, you can adjust the sweetness to your taste. Add more or less sugar according to your preference. You can also experiment with different types of sweeteners, like brown sugar or maple syrup.

Can I make mini individual servings of this cornmeal pudding?

Yes, you can make mini portions of cornmeal pudding by using cupcake tins or small ramekins. Adjust the baking time accordingly, as mini servings may cook faster.

What type of cornmeal should I use?

It’s recommended to use fine or medium-grind cornmeal for this pudding. While coarse cornmeal can be used, it may result in a slightly different texture.

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Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

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Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding

Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding also called cornmeal pone is a flavorful Jamaican dessert made from cornmeal, coconut milk, raisins, and spices. It is firm pudding consistency with a sweet and creamy coconut custard topping. Cornmeal pudding is a staple dessert in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican cornmeal pudding
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 43 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 336kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients

Custard

Instructions

For The Cornmeal Pudding

  • Preheat oven 350, line a 10-inch round baking pan with parchment paper and brush with oil or use cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine, cornmeal, all-purpose flour. Bring coconut milk, water, non-dairy butter, sugar, salt, and spices to a boil in a large pot on medium high. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Using a whisk, slowly pour cornmeal/flour mixture into simmering liquid while stirring constantly until a thick mixture is formed, continue mixing to remove all lumps/ Add raisins and stir, cover the pot and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. While the cornmeal is cooking, prepare the custard.
  • Scoop cornmeal mixture into prepared pan, pour custard on top of pudding and bake for 45 minutes. Allow the cornpone to cool for 15 minutes before slicing the cornmeal pudding.

To Prepare The Custard

  • Mix coconut milk, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium and set aside

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3mg