Luke and I like to trawl the supermarket looking for “interesting” things. Being a huge fan of Caribbean food (we both are), and a massive lover of porridge, I recently picked a pot of this up from Tesco…
…and I LOVED it. It’s amazing.
It’s also pretty expensive to eat on a day to day basis when you consider that you can get 1.5kg of cornmeal for £1.79 from the same aisle in Tesco. When I realised this, I put back the 6 pots of ready made porridge that I’d piled into our trolley, picked up the plain cornmeal and then started Googling recipes like mad.
There’s a lot of recipes to choose from, and a few different ways to prepare it. I tried a couple and ended up disliking them (not stodgy enough) and finding most of them too fraught with difficulty (adding cold cornmeal paste to hot liquid is just asking for lumpy porridge).
In the end I decided to follow my instincts and devised my own recipe, which turned out to be better than the Pronto Pot (even if I do say so myself)…and I wanted to share it with you! This makes enough for two bowls. You could say it makes enough for two people but I love it so much that I always eat it all to myself…
You will need:-
1/2 cup of cornmeal
1/2 cup of water
2 cups of milk
1/4 cup of condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon (about 1/2 tsp according to taste)
Nutmeg (a small sprinkle)
To make it you…
…mix the cornmeal with the water in a small bowl to make a smooth paste
…set the milk on the stove in a pan and stir in the cornmeal paste (I used cows milk but I’m sure coconut or almond milk would make a delicious alternative)
…bring to the boil, stirring all the time
…reduce the heat and add the condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg
…simmer for 5 minutes whilst stir stir stiring!
It will thicken on the hob, and then get even thicker as it cools.
Note:- It almost seems a shame to open a whole can of condensed milk just to use a 1/4 cup of it, but don’t be tempted to leave it out – it is VERY important to achieve the right taste. I omitted it entirely in my first attempt and used maple syrup to sweeten instead. It was not right at all.
My top tip is to make yourself a luxurious coffee with the condensed milk…maybe have a go at a Guinness Punch (it’s like a fizzy milkshake of joy) and then freeze the rest of the milk in an ice cube tray for later use in coffee/more cornmeal porridge. It doesn’t freeze hard (mine hasn’t anyway) but you can scoop it out of the tray very easily with a tiny teaspoon or a knife.