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Sweet Potato Pudding

Sweet Potato Pudding

Hell a top, hell a bottom, Hallelujah in the middle!

This is a Jamaican riddle for which the answer is a delicious sweet potato pudding. It is traditionally baked in an iron Dutch pot or Dutch oven with live coals on bottom and top of the Dutch pot. The pudding cooks on its top and bottom simultaneously. Hence the riddle.

Here is a recipe for an exceptional sweet potato pudding.

907 grams     sweet potato, grated    
113 grams      yam grated    
 ½ cup            flour        
113 grams      raisins    
1 tsp,              baking powder
½ tin               evaporated milk
5 cups            coconut milk (2 coconuts)
1 cup              brown sugar
2 tsp.             vanilla
½ tsp.            nutmeg
½ tsp             salt
¼ cup            sherry
¼ cup            rum
28 grams       butter

1.    Preheat the oven to 176 degrees Celsius.
2.    Mix the grated potato, yam, flour, raisins and baking powder.
3.    Mix evaporated milk, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, salt, sherry, rum and butter.
4.    Pour milk mixture into potato mixture and beat until smooth.
5.    Pour into a greased 9- inch pan.
6.    Rest mixture about ½ hour
7.    Bake at 176 degrees Celsius for 1-1 ½ hours until the centre is set
8.    Serve hot or cold.        ¼
Serves 12-16.

Recipe by Enid Donaldson