Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding #SundaySupper

Jun 3, 2012 by

It’s time for another #SundaySupper and this week the theme is “Heritage”. I was undecided for a while as to what to prepare, but a quick phone call to my Mom helped to narrow it down. Most of my Jamaican favourites have already been shared on The Lovely Pantry, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share something new.

When I think about my heritage, I think about the country and culture that influenced my life the most. As some of you may know, I grew up in London England, Jamaica, and currently reside in Toronto, Canada. My parents always instilled in my brother and I, the importance of family, and knowing our heritage/culture. This was a challenge while raising a family in a foreign country with so many other cultures blended around you. But my parents made it work. From the music, to the dialect, to the FOOD – oh, my parents love their food!

I’ve always been a part of a close-knit family (more like a tribe). In fact, there are so many of us, we could form our own small community. As a child, my father showed us our family tree so that we could see exactly who started this awesome family of ours. I plan to do the very same thing for my children. It will be a larger family tree compared to what my father had shown me but it will definitely be a wonderful family project. Perhaps one day we’ll go to Cuba to see where my paternal Grandfather was born, and then perhaps travel to Ireland to see where his father was born. Hopefully we will get to do the same for my husband and see his German-Irish background. That’s the beauty of Jamaica and being Jamaican. We are truly “out of many, one people“.

Being Jamaican is great, but living and experiencing other cultures is amazing too! I love having friends and family, from other cultures. What better way to learn about this wonderful world we live in! We are all alike in so many ways, but our cultural differences are what make us so unique. I’m so honoured to participate in this weeks #SundaySupper and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful recipes from a diverse range of cultures.

I hope you enjoy my recipe today – Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding. Growing up, I much preferred cake over pudding. But after I made this pudding, I believe I have been missing out!!! Pudding of some sort (Cornmeal, Bread, Sweet Potato) can be found at many gatherings and is especially good with ice-cream. My pudding would not have been the same without a few “drops” of some Appleton Rum. This pudding is authentic at the very least, and I’m glad to have come across this recipe so that I could put my own personal touch to it. Enjoy!!


Cornmeal Pudding with Rum, Raisins and French Vanilla Ice Cream


Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding #SundaySupper
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 10-12
A traditional favourite for dessert, enjoyed with vanilla ice-cream!
  • 3 Cups Yellow Cornmeal
  • 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 5 Cups Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg (or Mace)
  • 1 Tsp Allspice
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 2 heaping Tbsp Dark Jamaican Rum
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Spray and line a 9 X 13 inch baking pan
  3. In a large bowl, add Cornmeal, Flour and Shredded Coconut
  4. In a large bowl, add sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut milk. Combine with a whisk
  5. Add the liquid mixture into the flour mixture
  6. In a small bowl, add about a tablespoon of flour and the raisins. Stir to coat the raisins in flour
  7. Add the raisins to the mixture and stir just to incorporate
  8. Add Rum. Stir just to combine
  9. Bake for 50 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre, comes out clean

This recipe is adapted from http://cookingwithelise.com/?p=4822


Before I go into the photographs, I wanted to include images of the Jamaican flag as well as the Coat Of Arms :-)




I always remember pudding or “pudd’n” as we call it, being thick and moist. I figured the raisins wouldn’t sink in the batter, but I went ahead and tossed them in flour any way.


Raisins tossed in flour, cornmeal batter


Fold the raisins into the batter, ensuring that everything is full incorporated.


Raisins on batter


I had to buy a baking pan big enough to hold the batter for this pudding. Of all the items in my kitchen, I did not have a 9 X 13 Baking pan. I chose to line it because I find it easier to clean the pan but also to remove/transfer the cake after it has cooled. Parchment paper is one of those multi-use items that I always have handy.


Cornmeal Pudding Batter


50 minutes later, the pudd’n is ready! The kitchen smells AH-MAZING!


Cornmeal Pudding, Baked


Cornmeal Pudding is served in squares (or slices if you use a round pan). I prefer squares because it gives a great place to rest the ice-cream!


Stacked Pudd'n


You can’t go wrong with having pudding on the menu. It’s a crowd pleaser! Either that, or the rum just makes people really enjoy it.


Pudding and ice-cream


This is by far my favourite part of eating this pudding. A nice chunk of pudd’n with some softened ice-cream! Heavenly!


The best part!


My other favourite Jamaican recipes include: Oxtail (my favourite), Ackee & Saltfish (Jamaica’s National Dish), Escoveitched Halibut and Sweet Potato Bun. Let us not forget Rice & Peas!


Here are the recipes for todays Heritage theme. Check out the posts from these amazing food bloggers!


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Happy Sunday, and as we say in Jamaica…”Walk Good!” … which is the same as saying take care!


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  1. Awesome! Just awesome! #Thatisall.

  2. Being a southern gal I have had cornmeal in various ways but never in pudding. I must give this a try. Thank you for sharing your family story. How great of your father to keep up a family tree. I need to do that myself.

    • Do give this a try, Renee. Its very comforting, especially with a little rum :-) I’m glad you enjoyed my post. It is so important to know your family history. Its a good tradition to maintain!

  3. This looks really yummy! I will have to try it soon!

  4. yumm ! Lynn, Can’t wait to try this. looks very wholesome& healthy too :)

    • Thanks Sunithi! Yes, its healthy!!! Right????? Well…aside from the 2 cups of sugar lol! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Lyn, this is amazing!!! I have never had anything like this, but the texture is just jumping out at me! I can’t wait to give this a try!

    • Thanks, Jen!!!! It has a rich, dense, moist consistency. Totally loveable. Please, do try it!!!

  6. Yum! This looks delicious! I haven’t made cornmeal like this for sure!

  7. Wow, this looks absolutely amazing! I’m so glad we’re doing heritage week because I never would’ve learned about this fantastic dish!

    • Thanks Chung-Ah! I’m glad for it too, there are so many awesome recipes to enjoy!! Great #SundaySupper!

  8. Oh my goodness this looks out of this world amazing! I love how you describe your family – it sounds like a wonderful bunch. I am looking forward to trying this soon!

    • Aww thank you so much, Pam. For me, my family are my back bone. Its all starts and ends with them :-) I hope you do get to try this recipe!!!

  9. Ooh Lyn I’m drooling just looking at this gorgeous pudding!!I love puddings and this one with cornmeal and coconut milk in there sound so so delicious!!I will be trying this for sure!Too bad I missed this #sunday supper, :(

    • Thank you so much, Soni! Glad you like it! Not to worry about missing #SundaySupper this week. I’m appreciative that you are still making time for us and reading our posts! *hugs*

  10. Wow. That looks so scrumptious. And that last picture with the ice cream dripping down the side??? That about did me in! Oh, AND those are about the cutest spoons I think I have ever seen! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe for #SundaySupper!

    • Thanks, Conni!!! And yeah, I left that photo for the end of the post :-) lol glad you like my spoons!!! Thank you for visiting and commenting!

  11. I love your background! This is rockin…seriously!

    • Thanks, Samantha! “Out of many, one people” has so much meaning!!! Thank you for stopping by!!! *hugs*

  12. I love how your parents raised you and I hope to keep introducing my country’s heritage and culture to my children. From reading your post I know your family did a wonderful job. The world is big yet so close now thanks to technology and you are right about learning and experiencing other cultures is amazing! I’m thankful for this post that you shared this delicious looking pudding from Jamaica today. We’re so spoiled by internet and getting to know things from other cultures so easily. THANK YOU!

    • Such beautiful words, Nami I think I’m tearing up!!! Family, tradition, heritage, culture – these are all things that somehow in today’s society get forgotten or reduced. As parents, we have the task of making these things a priority for our children and also help them to learn and respect the cultures of others. The internet is amazing! With an abundance of food blogs out there, Nami I am so fortunate to have come across yours and meeting you!!! xoxo

  13. Corm meal pudding..that must be so good! Very nice post, and pics too Lyn! You did fantastic job as always!

  14. I have to try this, it looks absolutely AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!

  15. I love all the flavors in this! Something totally different. I wanted to reach in my screen and grab some!

  16. This looks really good. Not a huge fan of coconut (shredded) or raisins tho. Do you think this would work without those two things??? The coconut milk is fine. I think the rest of the flavor combination sounds amazing. Thanks.

    • Hi Lauren! I’d say to omit the shredded coconut and replace the raisins with a dried fruit of your choice. Honestly, I’m not a fan of shredded coconut either. But I didn’t notice it too much once it had been cooked. I’m a self-proclaimed queen of substitution so play with it and see what happens and let me know how it turned out :-) Thanks for your comment!

  17. Oh my! I can’t wait to make these super delicious pudding! Never tried a cornmeal pudding, Lyn. Bet it tastes divine. :)

  18. I make Indian Pudding, which is a cornmeal pudding made with maple syrup that finds its origins in eastern Canada and the north-eastern US. The coconut milk and shredded coconut would bring a lovely flavour to the dish. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  19. This is a beautiful dish! I love all the flavors incorporated in here, I definitely need to give this one a try. And Jamaican rum, how can I not try this?!

  20. never love baking,but was thinking about baking my favorite pudding ,your page was useful thank you


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