Batata is originally from tropical America. The sweet potato should not be confused with sweet yams, since they are not even related. There are two varieties, one which has yellowish meat and is the sweeter of the two, and the other which has brownish or pink skin and a meat which ranges from white to purplish, and is not as sweet. Peel with a potato peeler and use in recipes. One of the easiest ways to cook it is to wrap in foil and bake for about 45 minutes. Or place in microwave for about 8 minutes. Serve with butter.
TIP: if you are not ready to use sweet potato right after cutting it, place in cold water until use to prevent them from turning black.
Sweet potatoes are rich in carbohydrates, vitamin A and C, calcium, and iron.
2 cups boiled, mashed batata
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon lime rind
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground clove
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
½ cup coconut milk (not the water)
½ cup butter
3 eggs Raisins dusted with flour
GLAZE: 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon butter or milk
Mix all ingredients, beating well so the mixture is very smooth. Empty into a greased mold.
Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Remove and glaze with a mixture of egg yolk, sugar and butter or milk and bake for another 30 minutes.
2 pounds Sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons salted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup dark, island rum
½ cup milk
Grated rind 1 lime
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg, ground
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
Peel and slice the sweet potatoes and cook with enough water to cover until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and mash.
While still warm mix in the butter, sugar and rum. Beat in the eggs, 1 by 1. Then add the milk, grated rind and lime juice.
Sift together the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder and mix thoroughly into the sweet potatoes.
Pour into a greased 9 X 5 loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour in a 350°F. Oven or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cook for a few minutes in the pan then turn onto cake rack to cool.
Makes 1 loaf cake.
FRIED SWEET POTATOES - AREPITAS DE BATATAS
Slice batatas about 1/4 inch thick. Fry in hot oil until golden. Sprinkle with salt and paprika. Serve.