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Sweet Polenta

Sweet Polenta

Sweet Polenta or Mais Douce is made with fine cornmeal, milk, spices and extract.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 4


  • 3/4 cups cornmeal medium or fine grind, rinsed
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 anise star
  • 1 lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter


  • On medium heat, in a large saucepan, add milk, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, lime rind, and anise star. Bring to a boil. Rinse cornmeal with water and drained. Add rinsed cornmeal to milk slowly. With a wooden spoon, gently stir mixture. Bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil, add sugar and lower heat. Let cornmeal cook while stirring occasionally with the wooden spoon to avoid sticking. Be careful with the mixture because the higher the heat, the more it will splatter. Once milk has almost evaporated add butter and stir. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Uncover and check to see if cornmeal is fully cooked. It should be a bit pasty. If not fully cooked add additional milk until cooked thoroughly. Remove lime rind, anise star and cinnamon stick. Served while hot. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top if preferred.


Serve hot or cold. Use Parmesan Cheese to add a cheesy flavor.
Sweet Polenta or Mais Douce, can be made also with brown sugar. Do not use a coarse cornmeal as it will take longer to cook and you will need more


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