James Carrier
Makes about 6 cups; 4 to 6 servings

Notes: If crème fraîche is unavailable, use lightly sweetened sour cream. We like this soft polenta topped with blackberry jam, but it's equally delicious topped with another jam, fresh fruit, or butter and maple syrup.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a 2 1/2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring 3 cups water and the milk to a boil. Reduce heat so liquid is barely boiling.Stirring constantly, pour in polenta in a thin, steady stream, pausing occasionally to break up any lumps. Stir in sugar and salt.

Step 2

Simmer, stirring often, until polenta is soft and creamy to bite, 20 to 40 minutes (if heat is too high, bubbles may "spit" globs of hot polenta out of the pan).

Step 3

Ladle polenta into bowls and top each serving with about 1 tablespoon blackberry jam and a dollop of crème fraîche.

Ratings & Reviews

KirstenA's Review

December 17, 2008
Polenta is so dynamic, and I love this recipe. I used soy milk instead and sweetened dairy free sour cream to make it vegan. The combination of the tangy blackberry jam and smooth, creamy polenta is so good!