Saint Helena is an island nation in the South Atlantic Ocean. Though one of the remotest settled islands in the world, it is also a paradise to behold; Bird watching, fishing, a wonderful heart shaped waterfall, Jacob’s Ladder and of course Napoleon’s exile home are just a few attractions of what to expect when you visit the island.

Before I get too excited, pack a bag and run off to this exciting paradise, let’s focus on what we came here for; to whet our taste buds.

Saint Helena’s cuisine is a mix of English, Malay and Chinese so there is an excellent mix of dishes. Saints are huge on fish, curries and pumpkin dishes.

Today we will be making a simple dessert of Pumpkin pie pudding, so bring out your mixing bowls, whisks and let’s get started.

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  • Sugar: ½ cup divided into two batched
  • Cornstarch: 2 tbsp
  • Low fat milk: 1¾ cups
  • 1 Large egg
  • ½ cup of canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ ground nutmeg
  • ¼ ground chopped walnuts
  • ¼ heavy whipped cream
  • Cooking spray


Cooking Method:

  1. Add 6 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Mix the milk with the egg and stir with a whisk then add it to the sugar mixture, stirring while pouring and bring it to a boil.
  3. Take saucepan off heat.
  4. Add the pumpkin, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, salt and ground nutmeg into a stirring bowl and mix well.
  5. Gently add the pumpkin mixture into the simmering milk mixture and stir constantly with a whisk.
  6. Put pan back on low heat and cook for three minutes until heated. Stir constantly but ensure it doesn’t come to a boil.
  7. Place pudding in separate (serves 4) dessert bowls and cover with plastic wrap to chill.


8. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. On a non stick skillet, add the remaining sugar, walnuts and a dash of salt.

9. Cook over a low heat until sugar dissolves and golden. Stir frequently so as to coat the nuts.

10. Transfer this mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and let it cool. Chop nuts and spray over mixture.

11. Beat the whipped cream in a mixer until stiff. Add this to the top of the pudding and add a tablespoon of nuts to each bowl. If you do not want nuts, you can top it up with toffee or caramel.


Recipe by: MyRecipes

Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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