Last Updated on December 6, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Pain Mais Haitian Cornbread with banana and coconut has a steamed pudding consistency and is just as much had for breakfast as dessert.
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Are you still stumped to add something new to your holiday table this year? I hope these Caribbean desserts this week are inspiring you to complete that holiday menu already!
I am so happy to present Pain Mais – Haitian Cornbread to you. Since I am 1/2 Haitian, I am always happy to present these foods that have such nostalgia for me. They bring back memories of family parties in some rented hall (nobody’s house was big enough to accommodate everyone) with a bunch of “cousins” running around and playing.
To be honest, most of them weren’t my cousins, but cousins of my cousin. When you come from a large family, for some reason, no matter how distantly someone may be related – everybody’s a cousin.
Tables of food laid out with Djon Djon (Mushroom Rice), Poulet (Stew Chicken), Lambi (Stewed Conch), Griot (Double Fried Pork), Rice & Sauce Pois (Red Bean Sauce) and Salade Betteraves (Potato Beet Salad) and either Pain Patate (Sweet Potato Bread) or Pain Mais.
Check out how easy it is to make vegetarian Salade Betteraves – Haitian Potato Beet Salad
Now to today’s recipe of Pain Mais – Haitian Cornbread …
All Caribbean islands have a version of this type of sweet bread. Although it is baked in the oven, it has the consistency similar to a British style steamed pudding – almost like Spotted Dick.
On most English speaking islands, it is called pone and usually either made with cassava (yuca), pumpkin, sweet potato, cornmeal or breadfruit. You can try out the Dutch Caribbean version called Bojo recipe here, made with cassava.
However in Haiti, Pain Mais, when translated, is Cornbread, however, this is no resemblance to American style cornbread.
Whether you call it bread, cake or pudding, I call it delicious!
If you would like to know more about the many varieties of gluten free cornmeal that there are and how to utilize them all in your kitchen, check out this post here to learn all about Cornmeal, Polenta, Grits & more.
It is quite dense, however soft and moist. We often eat it for breakfast with coffee and fruit, as well as for dessert.
It is soft and spongy and filled with Caribbean spices!
This large tray is big enough to satisfy everyone at your holiday party!
Pain Mais has an almost pudding like consistency. It will NOT have the consistency of American cornbread.
Now let’s see what you will need to make delicious Haitian style cornbread!
- all purpose flour
- dessicated coconut
- baking powder
- freshly grated nutmeg
- ground ginger
- ground cinnamon
- ground star anise
- vanilla extract
- evaporated milk
- coconut milk
- rum (optional)
Pain Mais – Haitian Cornbread
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1 cup dessicated coconut
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground star anise
- 1 cup softened butter 2 sticks
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
- 2 eggs
- 2 mashed bananas
- 12 oz. can evaporated milk
- 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon rum
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 11×7 rectangle baking dish with non stick spray.
- In a bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, coconut, baking powder, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and star anise. Stir to combine and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter, salt and sugar.
- Mix for a few minutes until well blended and creamy.
- Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing until thoroughly combined, after each egg.
- Add bananas, evaporated milk, coconut milk and rum. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Transfer to prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 1 hour, until a tester inserted comes out clean.
- Leftovers should be refrigerated.
- It is best eaten warm. Simply reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Use canned coconut milk. Carton coconut milk is thinner and will not yield the same result.
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