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    Sweet Potato Candy (Dulce De Camote)

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    30 mins

    15 mins

    15 mins

    Engrossed's Note:

    From: "The Art of South American Cookery" by Myra Waldo, 1961ed. Posted for Zaar World Tour 4.

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    Serves: 72



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    1. 1
      Combine the pineapple, sweet potatoes, and salt; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.
    2. 2
      Dissolve cream of tartar and brown sugar in boiling water; mix in potato mixture.
    3. 3
      Cook over low heat until a soft ball is formed when a drop is placed in cold water.
    4. 4
      Remove from heat and beat until smooth and shiny.
    5. 5
      Mix in almonds.
    6. 6
      Drop by the teaspoon onto a buttered surface.
    7. 7

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 30, 2008

      A delicious candy in the end, but for me a struggle to prepare. I did substitute yam for sweet potato and fresh chopped pineapple for crushed, so I was a little concerned that I wouldn't have enough liquid. As it turned out, my mixture bubbled away on low for a couple of hours, without getting anywhere near soft ball. I finally raised the heat to medium low and finally medium, just being careful to keep stirring. I finally stopped at 180F by the candy thermometer, when the mixture was like modelling clay, pulling away from the bottom and sides when I stirred. (I couldn't figure how to measure soft ball by dropping in water, since there was so much yam and pineapple fiber.) I did still have pineapple chunks, so I just cut the almonds in half and made sort of dulce clusters. They did harden fine at room temperature, without chilling.

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    • on June 25, 2008


      Well, how about that ~ two of my favorites (well yams, at least, & candy) in one recipe! Actually I was going to try half the recipe with yam & the other half with sweet potato (you know, to make it harder on myself) but then ended up with a cup of each, well mixed! Anyway, I toasted the almonds & then finely chopped them, & the result was a VERY TASTY CANDY TREAT, thanks to Engrossed! [Made & reviewed while touring South & Central America on Zaar's World Tour 4]

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    Nutritional Facts for Sweet Potato Candy (Dulce De Camote)

    Serving Size: 1 (17 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 72

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 38.7
    Calories from Fat 9
    Total Fat 1.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 27.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 6.3 g
    Protein 0.5 g

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