April 23, 2014

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When I was growing up Cornmeal Pudding was a weekend treat. My mother often made it instead of Sweet Potato Pudding because it was easier to make. That’s because, back then, there were no food processors so you’d have to grate everything by hand. So, instead of having to grate coconut and sweet potato, for this recipe she only had to grate one!
 
Traditionally, to make Cornmeal Pudding, you have to grate a whole coconut by hand, then add water and squeeze the liquid out to make “coconut milk”. Nowadays, we don’t have to grate anything … just open up one or two cans of coconut milk! Aaaah modern living. Of course, if you want go the traditional route you can use a food processor to do the grating, but I’m all for ease. Especially when the result is as good … if not better.
 

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Fay

I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.

Fay

52 Comments

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    Heather T
    April 28, 2012

    Ooh, that looks yummy! When I first looked at the picture I thought I’d have to pass because I’m lactose intolerant (and most British style puddings are milky). So what a delight to see that you don’t use cow’s milk at all. You just use coconut milk! Yay! Can’t wait to try it.

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      chris campbell
      May 23, 2012

      suh it tastey, Me a like dis one since me granfada did mek it fe we. the grey creamy toppin is top boss

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    Dawne
    June 17, 2012

    I’ve Got this in the oven right now :)
    My Grandma used to make this for my Dad and since she died and never wrote down the recipe (along with so many other fabulous dishes)
    Hoping it’s the same or very close as it’s Fathers day (uk)
    Fingers crossed x

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      June 17, 2012

      Dawne,
      What a great gift for Father’s Day! I’d love to hear how it turns out! Even better, send me a photo to fay@CookLikeAJamaican.com
      Blessings, Fay

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        Dawne
        June 18, 2012

        Well I made the mistake of trying to remove it from the pan whilst it was much too warm so it broke apart a bit :/
        But it was nice and he liked it. It’s almost how she made it but apparently her’s had more of a stronger coconut flavour, so going to try substituting some of the coconut milk for coconut cream.
        Thanks for the recipe! I will be making it again! My children loved it!
        (I’ll leave it to cool for longer next time and send a picture)

        • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
          June 18, 2012

          Dawne,
          I’m so glad to hear it turned out OK. I don’t recommend removing the whole pudding from the pan, especially when it’s warm. It’s best to leave the pudding in the pan and just slice pieces for serving. It’s never easy removing the first piece, but after that you’ll be good to go. I look forward to seeing your photo next time.
          Blessings, Fay

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    Sharon
    August 1, 2012

    My husband is Jamaican and asked me to find a recipe for puddin’ (he knows I love to try new things!). So, I saw this recipe and the website resonated with me…I am going to make it right now! Wish me luck! :o) oh, and thank you for having this site; now I can try other Jamaican meals!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      August 4, 2012

      Hi Sharon,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Please let me know how it goes!
      Blessings, Fay

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    Juliet
    August 19, 2012

    Hi Fay,
    I am currently baking the cornmeal pudding. I have been searching for a “good” recipe for years and thought I would try yours since there is a picture to show the finished product. I followed the recipe to the letter and I used a 9 inch baking tin. Right now, as I write, the pudding is bubbling up and over the sides of the pan and into the oven. There is smoke bellowing out of the oven. I have 37 mins to go before the pudding is ready (1 hour coook time as you recommended). I had to set a larger pan underneath to catch the drippings to prevent a fire in my house. I am laughing right now while I watch the whips of smoke escape from the oven. Will let you know how it turns out in a few more minutes.

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      Juliet
      August 19, 2012

      I meant whisps of smoke, not whips

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    Juliet
    August 19, 2012

    Ok so with 13 mins to go I checked on my pudding and quite a bit of it is now in the catchment pan below, and the pudding will go down well as porridge because it is that soft. Very disappointing. I had my hopes up quite high but I guess I am just not a baker. oh well!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      August 21, 2012

      Hi Juliet,
      I’m so sorry to hear that your pudding didn’t turn out as planned. I think this is just a case of using a pan that’s too small. I’m going to add the exact pan size to the recipe so that this doesn’t happen to others. The pan I use is quite deep which may be the difference. I hope you do try this recipe again.
      Blessings, Fay

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    Yvonne
    August 28, 2012

    This recipe is just right! Delicious. The texture and consistency is great. The key is to let it set after it comes out of the oven. Very good!

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    krissy
    September 19, 2012

    Been looking for the best cornmeal pudding recipe for ages. One with the topping and everything. I tried your recipe last night and the pudding turned out awesome. The pudding is almost done already, I think there is only one serving left lol. I’ll definitely save this recipie. Thank you!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      September 21, 2012

      Hi Krissy,
      I’m so happy to hear that your pudding turned out wonderful! Sounds like you’ll have to make another one soon. Blessings, Fay

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    Simone
    October 23, 2012

    So i’m Trying to reconnect with days of ole. im pretty young but i loved the traditional meals, they had wat i like to call stunners(flavour n all) so im ganna bake this. granma n my mom did this alot nw its just me n i miss the good ole foods they fill belly and awe the eyes(not like the glory foods these days that only feeds the eyes n leave the belly to starve)lol.
    Hear good comments on the outcomes so i’m all for giving it a shot…hope its has good has granmas.

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    Megan Reid
    November 30, 2012

    I remember my mom used to make cornmeal pudding all the time.Infact i recall the last two pudding that she made it was for family dinner but she could not share these pudding because i had take a spoon and eat all the topping off her pudding trust me i had some gud wipping for those pudding and she never made no more.

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    Tammy S
    December 11, 2012

    I am an American married to a Jamaican and I love this website! I am making the bread pudding right now. Since I don’t have a 3″ deep pan, I split the recipe among 2 regular 9″ pans. It smells great but i’m worried it’s already getting firm (after 25 minutes). I followed the recipe to the tee. Luckily my hubby will eat my disaster recipes so i’m sure he will love. Thanks for all of the recipes (I plan to make them all :-) )

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    Lee
    December 23, 2012

    I just want to say thank you for this recipe…
    Im 32 years old, i came to the states as teenager so there is a lot of the caribbean food that i dont know how to cook…I made corneal pudding for the first time and everyone loved it. I couldn’t believe how good it came out… You are a genius.
    Thank you again…

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    patricia
    December 30, 2012

    OMG i just make this pudding and put grated coconut on top it is gorgeous !!!taste scrumpdelicious too! best i ever add, i also add soak fruits i had left over from Christmas could not wait to taste so i burn my tongue, wait till warm

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      December 30, 2012

      Hi Patricia,
      What a great idea to use your leftover soaked fruit in this recipe! I must try that sometime.
      Blessings, Fay

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    Deon
    December 31, 2012

    Hi I tried the cornmeal pudding and it was a hit with my family, very easy to make
    thank you very much.

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    tricia
    January 2, 2013

    When I was a child my cousin’s mom made this great cornmeal pudding that my mom hasn’t been able to replicate. Hers was creamy and rich with a custardy topping. My mom’s comes out way too tough. Sometimes she does get the cream on top. It may be because she doesn’t use butter. So I’m trying your recipe to see the outcome.

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    lisa
    January 31, 2013

    I always make it but it never come out right maybe i wasn’t using the right amount of ingredients so i was so happy when i found your recipe I’m now enjoying a slice it came out great

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    Karen G
    February 4, 2013

    Hey Fay

    If I do not add raisins do i still have to stir the pudding at the 15 minute mark. Please let me know, I would love to make it today.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      February 5, 2013

      Hi Karen,
      Thank you for your question. Yes, you’ll still need to stir the pudding to evenly distribute the cornmeal throughout. Otherwise it will settle at the bottom just like the raisins. I hope that helps. Blessings, Fay

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        Karen G
        February 12, 2013

        Thanks Fay,I made it the same day I asked about stirring, I went ahead and stirred it and it came out perfect my husband and son loved it. I am making another one today along with your rice cookup.

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    Tina
    February 6, 2013

    Hello, will it be suitable to bake this Pudding using a loose bottom cake tin or a large deep flan dish?? I have the fondest memories of this dish…pure bliss. Thank you for all your delicious recipes my dear x

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      February 6, 2013

      Hi Tina,
      A deep pan is best for this recipe. But use what you have an alter the baking time accordingly. Even it that means using two smaller pans. Good luck! Blessings, Fay

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    Megan Reid
    February 9, 2013

    I am going to make me a pudding now this storm nemo put into the mode of eating me some cornmeal pudding i love to use your receipt it awesome

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    vin
    February 9, 2013

    great recipe! mine is in the oven right now

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    Trish
    February 21, 2013

    I made the mistake of adding the liquid too hot to the dry ingredients

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    Jennifer
    March 13, 2013

    Hello! My son wants to make this for his global studies class(his country is Jamaica). We will have to make it at home at night and then serve the next day. Will this work or should he choose something else? Should we refrigerate it or can it sit out? Thank you for your help!

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      Cook Like A Jamaican
      March 13, 2013

      Hi Jennifer,
      This is a great recipe to share. I really don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good cornmeal pudding. It will taste wonderful the next day. You can refrigerate it, but I prefer at room temperature. Blessings, Fay

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    lesa
    March 22, 2013

    Just baked mine and put some almond slices on the topping ….omg it turned out so great…the house is just smelling sooooo good …like when my mom use to bake thanks guys for the recipe…total worth the try. didn’t sure what the result would be but it’s just perfect.

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    Lydia
    March 25, 2013

    Ms. Fay I making this pudding tonight cant wait!
    After watching the video about the bizarre food that came on travel channel, I was searching the site for a tripe and bean recipe, or curry tripe but couldn’t find one i also search for a cow foot one but couldn’t find it. but i am sure you will get there some time. Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful Jamaican dishes. Keep up the good work.

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    Lily
    March 30, 2013

    Very nice recipe Fay. The family did enjoy. Keep up the good work.

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    Farzia
    April 18, 2013

    Ms. Fay, thank you very much for your recipes!
    My husband is Jamaican and I’m Trinidadian, so we are always cooking something West Indian. I made your Corn Pudding and it came out very nice. Special request: I would like to get your recipe for Plantain Tarts.
    Thank you in advance!

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    Lorna stanley
    May 28, 2013

    Hi Fay,
    I tried the cornmeal pudding recipe today ,i did not have any raisins so I substituted dried cranberries it was perfect, I have tried other recipes before and they were too sweet I’m sure this will be on my thanksgiving table this year. Your details are an excellent help thanks.

    Lorna

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    June 16, 2013

    thank you for that ,girl i would love to cook the oldtime cooking like patties and blue draws

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    andrew a
    August 16, 2013

    Good day. great pudding. i did a trial running in the White house Navy mess , and the cheffs loved it. i had to give them some great taste from home. keep doing what you doing and we will keep trying it here. you never know it might make to the menu.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      August 18, 2013

      Andrew, thank you for your kind words and support!

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        September 4, 2013

        Ohh la la….tried baking your version of the pudding at midnight last night. We now have less than half to devour. Delish, delish, delish. My Mom would be proud of me. Thought that with her being gone, my days of family baked c/meal pudding had ended . No sah.

        Thanks Fay. Got your page from High Commissioner to The U.K. Aloun Assamba. She also baked one this past weekend.

        Francine Chin,
        New York

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    Racquel
    October 11, 2013

    Just made this and it turned out great!! I think that the amount of Rum could increase though :)

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    Leon
    October 28, 2013

    Hi Fay …

    Is this ‘Pone’ ? I used to eat a lot of this and Sweet Potato Pudding growing up.
    Love the site and the fantastic recipes you post up, truly.
    I grew up on Jamaican food in London and to me it is the best food on the planet ( Biased, I know, but I speak from the heart ).
    I do enjoy coming across recipes that I never took time to learn how to make when younger – I was too busy eating the end result to care (( > < )). So glad that I have found so many of the recipes on here … I feel 'complete'.
    Sadly, I haven't had the time to cook how I like to of late due to my incredible wife having been struck down with cancer. However, I have pointed my two wonderful young teenage daughters to your website and issued buut one command : 'learn' !!

    God bless you, Fay, and keep those recipes coming, no matter how remote …. Did you ever used to roast Platain in their skins – used to love those as a kid too.

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    Rosie
    November 10, 2013

    I’m trying to find an authentic Jamaican corn pudding (“hell a top, hell a bottom and halellujah in a middle” where you boil and then grate the corn). My mother use to bake it and it was always delicious. Now i want to bake one for her since she was talking about it. I don’t want to ask her for the recipe as I want to surprise her. Do you have a recipe for this?

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      Cook Like A Jamaican
      November 12, 2013

      Hi Rosie,
      Thank you for your request. I don’t have a recipe for this type of pudding but will put it on my list of authentic recipes to research and try. Blessings, Fay

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    Marcia
    November 29, 2013

    I have to tell you how good this is, today is Black Friday. You know, as Jamaicans we have to cook twice the amount we need jus’ fe bambeye…. My brother followed your recipe to a T and as it turned out, this was our Thanksgiving Pie (no typical pumpkin, no pecan) just our jamaican cornmeal pone. Nice ca’an dun. I just had my last piece for breakfast. Thanks a million.

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    Pauline
    December 13, 2013

    I made this pudding tonight… I looked great and tasted even better! Taking some to my mom in the morning… Thanks for the recipe!

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    Audrey
    December 23, 2013

    I have lived to the U.S. over 40 years ago after spending the first 9 years of my life in Jamaica. My grandmother use to make this pone. Yesterday I made pone for the first time. It was perfect. It brought back memories of childhood I thought were lost forever. Thank you so much for sharing. Now I can cook like a Jamaican.

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    Kareem
    December 31, 2013

    I tried the recipe and the pudding came out perfect. Thanks so much.

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    Cassie
    January 29, 2014

    Thanks Looks delish.
    I wish you would provide a printable version.. This is much too long to print with all the pictures etc.

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    John Naik
    March 16, 2014

    Just made this pudding for the second time and it came out so good. I had some raisins soaking in some Red Label wine and used those. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Although I left Jamaica at the age of 9, now mi ah cook like a real Jamaican thanks to you.

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    kerry brown
    April 4, 2014

    hi, I tried your recipe and it came out perfect….my cousin was a bit scared to try it as she said cornmeal and rum can kill you…. however when she saw everybody else eating she asked for a piece…..

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