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Cornmeal porridge with fruit preserve

Cornmeal porridge is a staple food in some Indigenous households and is usually enjoyed in the morning. This version of the recipe is prepared with maple water.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Serves 4

1 L (4 cups) maple water 

500 mL (2 cups) yellow cornmeal, medium grind 

1 L (4 cups) of fresh or frozen berries

250 ml (1 cup) of water

30 mL (2 tbsp) of sugar

20 mL (4 tsp) maple syrup


  1. In a pan, bring maple water to a boil then reduce to a simmer. 
  2. Stir in the cornmeal and fold gently (do not stop or the mixture will clump together). Remove from heat after 8 minutes.
  3. Prepare the fruit preserve: Mix the berries, water, and sugar in a pot. Simmer for 15 minutes, until the mixture has reduced by half.
  4. Divide the cornmeal into 4 bowls. Top off with fruit preserve and maple syrup. Serve with berries.


  • If the porridge is too watery for your liking, cook the cornmeal longer until desired thickness. 
  • If you do not have maple water, you can make your own by mixing 15 mL (1 tbsp) of maple syrup with 500 mL (2 cups) of water.
  • Once cooled, leftover fruit preserve can be store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • Try using less of the ingredients that contain a lot of sodium, sugars or saturated fat. Adding salt or sugars directly to your recipe? Remember, a little often goes a long way.
30 minutes or less