How to make Trinidad Paime

Trinidad Paime (Payme) lying on banana leaf
Side view of Trinidad Paime (payme)
Overview of Trinidad Paime on a banana leaf
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Trinidad and Tobago Paime (pronounced Payme) is a sweet dessert pie that's rolled in a banana leaf and steamed to perfection. Locally grown cornmeal, coconut, and pumpkin are mixed with flavorful spices to make Trinidad Paime. Though it is popular around Christmas, Trinidad Paime (Payme) will add variety to your table for your guests all year round.


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Author: Classic Bakes Editorial Team
Average: 4.8 (47 votes)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
60 mins
36 paime (pieces)



Wash the banana leaves thoroughly and dry. Brush oil on the banana leaves on both sides and scold over a light flame in the stove until pliable.
Banana leaves being brushed with oil
Cut banana leaves into 10 inch squares.
Cut banana leaves in a dish
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
A glass bowl of combined ingredients
Weigh 5 ounces of the mixture and spoon on the banana leaf.
Paime filling being added to a banana leaf.
Spread to a rectangle 2" x 4" and fold in leaf on all four sides.
Paime filling being folded in a banana leaf
Cross tie with a food string.
Paime in banana leaf tied into a package with a string
In a deep stock pot, add water and bring to a boil. Cook in boiling water for approximately 25-30 minutes.
Paime wrapped in banana leaves boiling in a pot of water
Test if cooked. If not, continue cooking to desired consistency. Once cooked, remove cooked paime and drain water.
Cooked paime on a cutting board
Sever string. It can be served warm or cold.
Cooked paime inside an unwrapped banana leaf

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