For this recipe I am using prepackaged grated coconut that I found in the asian market. (Updated from coconut and cassava. There is no cassava in this recipe). Listen, don't judge me. I am tired of buying fresh coconut only to get home and find that it is no good. Check the freezer section of your Asian markets and you might get lucky like I did. (This paragraph has been updated).
Pone is really easy to make and this one is no exception. I put all the ingredients in the bowl of my kitchen aid stand mixer and mixed on low using the paddle attachment. You can also just add it to a large mixing bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon. It took about 3 minutes for everything to be fully mixed together.
I baked the pumpkin pone in the oven at 350 degrees for 1.5 hrs. My house spelled like a cozy fall day. I love it. Waiting for this to bake was absolute torture and my 5 year old kept asking, "is it done yet?"
After an hour and a half the pumpkin pone was a lovely shade of golden brown richness. I removed it from the oven and let it cool completely before removing it from the pan and parchment paper. I cut it into squares and drizzled some left over condensed milk on my piece, cause I’m extra like that! It was heaven. My kids also loved it. The texture was great. It was soft and moist, but still dense. It tasted like a pumpkin spiced cornmeal porridge cake. Yummy.
Guyanese Pumpkin (spice) Pone
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 2 cups grated coconut
- 2 cups cornmeal
- ½ stick of butter at room temperature
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of evaporated milk
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- ginger powder, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground cinnamon and nutmeg can all be substituted for 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Add all the ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl
- Mix until fully combined
- Add to an 8x8 square baking pan or an 8 inch round pan
- Bake for 1.5 hours or until pone is completely brown
- Remove from the heat and let cool completely before slicing and serving
2. This recipe can be made vegan by substituting the butter for a vegan equivalent and using coconut milk instead of evaporated mil.k.
3. Let the pone cool completely before slicing or cutting into squares or it will be sticky.