Papas de Carolo (Portuguese cornmeal porridge)


Papas de CAROLO (sweet corn meal dessert)

Papas de Carolo and sweet rice pudding, known in Portugal as Arroz Doce. This sweet dish is much harder to come by than the ubiquitous rice recipe though. Papas de Carolo are a home treat cooked particularly in the Beiras region of Portugal
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 6 servings


  • 9 inch round casserole dish


  • 1 quart milk
  • ¾ cup corn meal
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 strips of orange zest
  • 3 strips of lemon zest
  • ground cinnamon, to decorate


  • In a pot pour in the milk, cinnamon, orange, zest, lemon, zest, salt, sugar, and butter. Over low heat, bring the mixture up to a summer, occasionally stirring.
  • Once the mixture has reached a simmer, continue to simmer for about 10 minutes to extract the flavor from the cinnamon and zest
  • After 10 minutes remove the zest from the milk mixture
  • Over very low heat slowly add the cornmeal while continuously, stirring preferably with a whisk.
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  • Once the mixture has started to thicken up, you could continue stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon for the time specified on the package of your cornmeal. Depending on the coarseness of the cornmeal, I could be anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.
  • Pour the cornmeal into your serving dish and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Then decorate with cinnamon powder and serve warm.
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Keyword corn meal, polenta, portuguese polenta, portuguse dessert, sweet corn meal, sweet polenta
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