Mauritian Pudding Maïs (Sweet Polenta Cake)

“Pudding maïs” is a Mauritian staple sweet treat. This tea time snack is loved by both adults and children alike and is an amazingly easy treat to make with only a handful of ingredients.

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This treat brings back so many wonderful memories of my primary school days with my sister. We used to get small triangular slices of this pudding as an afternoon snack from the street vendors. Mauritians are very attached to this delicious treat and relish it with their afternoon cup of tea.

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“Pudding maïs” is a dish that requires very few ingredients but lots of patience (and elbow grease). Some people also like to add soaked raisins (sultanas) in the pudding or to top it with almond flakes. I also like my “pudding maïs” less on the sweet side but you can make it as sweet as you like.

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Enjoy!

For 6 generous servings

You will need:
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  • 200g polenta
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 cup milk (I used full fat)
  • About 400 ml of water (add more if needed)
  • Dried coconut flakes
  • Raisins or almond flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Butter or coconut oil

Steps:

  1. Put the polenta to soak (minimum of 30 minutes) in some water.
  2. After 30 minutes, rince out the polenta and strain.
  3. Add all the ingredients except for the coconut (or raisins and almond flakes) in a big pot and cook on medium heat until bubbles appear.
  4. Turn the heat down and keep stirring constantly for about 30 mins. The consistency should be thick and the polenta needs to be cooked through. Add some more water if needed. Taste to check if it melts in the mouth and that there is no “raw” taste.
  5. Grease a hollow dish with the butter or coconut oil.
  6. Pour in the cooked polenta and sprinkle generously with coconut flakes.
  7. Let cool completely and enjoy with a nice cup of tea!
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3 thoughts on “Mauritian Pudding Maïs (Sweet Polenta Cake)

  1. My background is Mauritian and I gotta say I have never heard of this before. But omg it looks amazing! I love polenta in cakes because of it’s wonderful texture, so I am sure it will be just as good if not better in this fabulous pudding (:

    1. I am surprised that you have never heard about this before. It is so popular in Mauritius and honestly is so easy to put together. You should try it esp if you are a fan of polenta in cakes. This is what dreams are made of 😉

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