Bolo de Milho (“milho” meaning “corn”) is a corn cake popular in Brazil and in the Azores. It is similar to North American Johnnycake or cornbread, but sweeter.
The batter is made with cornmeal, coconut milk, condensed milk, sugar, baking powder and egg. It is typically baked either in a flat, square cake pan, or a round cake pan, or in a round, tubed cake pan.
There are several different variations:
- “Bolo de milho Carioca” is made with a lot more sugar, and with cheese added;
- “Bolo de fubá” has less sugar, and uses a finer grain of corn meal called ‘fubá’;
- Bolo de milho verde has fresh or canned corn added to it (“verde” means green or young corn, as in “corn niblets”). This is also called “Bolo Pamonha”, particularly in northern Brazil.
The cakes are typically gluten free.
“Milho” means “corn.”
Correspondence with Mila Kette October 2013. On file at cooksinfo.com