CARIBBEAN SWEET POTATO PONE

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Every month I look forward to the new issue of Delicious Magazine landing at my front door, and this month was no exception. It was jam-packed full of amazing Autumnal recipes and this recipe in particular caught my eye. I have never heard of sweet potato pone before but reading chef Shivi Ramouter‘s tale of how she used to love it as a child growing up in Trinidad, and the fact she described it as halfway between a chewy flapjack and a moist carrot cake, I had to try it out straight away.

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Ingredients
250g/8.8oz sweet potatoes, grated
60g/2oz polenta or cornmeal
100ml/3.4fl oz coconut cream
50g/1.8oz desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground mixed spice
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
150g/5.3oz demerara sugar
25g/1oz unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/350°F/gas 4. Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper so the paper overhangs – this will make it easier to lift the pone out once baked.

In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, polenta/cornmeal, coconut cream and desiccated coconut.

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Stir in all the spices, demerara sugar and a small pinch of salt. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract then mix well.

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Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin using the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread it out evenly.

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Bake for 55-60 minutes until the pone is golden, then remove from the oven.

4When the pone is col enough to handle, carefully lift it out of the tin on to a wire rack (keep it on the baking paper). Cut the pone which ever way you want…into squares or at angles to give irregular pieces.

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Serve warm with custard, or leave to cool completely to enjoy with a cup of tea.

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It really is a perfect mix of a chewy flapjack and a moist carrot cake, and absolutely delicious. I really hope you try it out.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Notes From a Hermitage 13th October 2014 at 3:13 am

    Oooh, this is a must-try!

  • Reply laurasmess 13th October 2014 at 5:53 pm

    This looks amazing! I do love Delicious magazine but I don’t think that I got this particular edition. What a unique potato dish… I know nothing about Caribbean food but now I want to do some research! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love your blog! -Laura

  • Reply Francesca (@LaCucinaPovera) 21st October 2014 at 10:18 am

    Delicious is a great one – I steal them for weeks at a time from work 🙂

  • Reply Amy 7th November 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Great review. I was just contemplating whether to make this for a dinner party tonight and you’ve just helped me make the decision! thanks!

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