Sweet potato pone, made up of sweet potato, coconut, sugar, spices & raisins, is a favourite in the Caribbean; especially the islands of Trinidad and Grenada. It can be served as a desert or a snack and really is a perfect mix of a chewy flapjack and a moist carrot cake, and tastes great. It can be served with custard.

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Cooking time: 1hr 15mins

Nutrition info:                                                           Makes 11-12 servings

  • Energy: 320 kcal
  • Protein:4 g

Ingredients
250g sweet potatoes, grated
60g polenta or cornmeal
100ml coconut cream
50g 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 demerara sugar
25g unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Methods

  1. 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.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potatoes, polenta/cornmeal, coconut cream and desiccated coconut.
  3. Stir in all the spices, demerara sugar and a small pinch of salt (optional). Add the melted butter and vanilla extract then mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin using the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread it out evenly.
  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes until the pone is golden, then remove from the oven.
  6. When the pone is cool enough to handle, carefully lift it out of the tin on to a wire rack (keep it on the baking paper). Cut the pone whichever way you want; into squares or at angles to give irregular pieces.

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