Teach and Taste: Corn Mush with Fried Taspaŋ (Apple)


  • ⅓ cup white wamnaheza yukpaŋpi (cornmeal)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4-5 pieces bacon or 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 1 pound apples and/or pears, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup caŋhaŋpi (maple syrup)


  1. In a pan, toast cornmeal until fragrant. Then, whisk in water until you reach desired consistency.
  2. If rendering bacon fat, cook bacon slowly on medium-low heat in a cast-iron pan. Remove bacon from pan and fry apples (and/or pears) until nearly tender.
  3. Add butter, cinnamon stick, and maple syrup. Let cook until completely tender, but not mushy. Remove from heat and add a pinch of salt.
  4. Remove cinnamon stick and top corn mush with apples and maple syrup.
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