Pain de Mais (Haitian Corn Bread)

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Pain de Mais / Haitian Cornbread

Haitian Pain de Mais is a dense and delicious quick bread reminiscent of American pound cake, banana bread and corn bread, combined. In Haiti, corn is a native plant and is grown everywhere, making this bread a natural result of “what to do with all this mais!” You probably already have many of the ingredients in your kitchen for this easy mix-and-bake recipe.

Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 can Carnation milk
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Haitian rum
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Grease a 13″ x 9″ pan.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl and stir.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir well.
  5. Pour mixture into the greased pan. Bake for one hour.
  6. Allow to cool, serve.
Adapted from Haitian Recipes