Friday, 22 September 2017

Jamaican Sweet potato pudding!

To make Jamaican Sweet Potato pudding, you will need a special variety of sweet potato that has a white flesh with red skin. It is mainly sold in West Indian, Asian and African grocery stores. But fortunately it’s getting more popular here in the USA and it can even be found in Walmart. Sometimes it is also sold as ‘batata’.
Here are some of the differences between Jamaican white-flesh sweet potato and American orange-flesh sweet potato:
  1. The Jamaican white flesh sweet potato is white flesh with red skin and the American sweet potato is orange flesh with brown skin.
  2. The Jamaican sweet potato is sturdier when cooked, the American sweet potato is softer.
  3. Jamaican sweet potato is starchier in texture than American sweet potato
  4. Although they are both sweet, there is a distinct difference in their sweetness.

Ingredients

FOR: 12 SERVINGS

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch round baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and roughly chop. Grate using the grater or a food processor in batches. (If using a food processor or blender, add some coconut milk to help process)
  3. Transfer grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl, add coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, spices and salt.
  4. Stir in flour to form a mostly smooth batter.
  5. Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl and pour evenly on the top of the pudding.
  7. Return pudding to oven and bake for another 45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  8. Delicious served alone or with coconut whipped cream.

Recipe notes

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Notes:
  1. I have used a combination of sweet potato and other Caribbean/African root vegetables, such as yellow yam, white African yam, taro, eddoes etc.  with great success.
  2. You can omit the spices and just use vanilla or a combination of ground coriander and cardamon. Basically, you can tweak the flavors to suit your taste buds. Cinnamon and nutmeg can be irritating to the lining of the stomach in the long run.
  3. Make sure you add extra coconut milk or water if you are using a high-speed blender. Chop the sweet potato into smaller pieces, pause and periodically scrape down the sides of the blender.
  4. Sweet potato pudding gets firmer as it cools. My husband prefers it when it is softer so I sometimes add extra liquid. I don’t care whether it’s soft or firm. So you might want to adjust liquid depending on your preferences.
  5. If you decide to grate sweet potatoes by hand, make sure you use the smallest hole on the grater to ensure pudding is smooth when baked.
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