Cuban Boniatillo (sweet Potato Paste Dessert)

Recipe by Jellyqueen
READY IN: 2hrs 45mins




  • Place the cubed potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water and add 1 teaspoon salt – boil until tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes and puree in a food processor or blender.
  • Combine the 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar, lime peel and cinnamon stick in a large heavy saucepan.
  • Cook until it reaches the soft-ball stage (250 degrees) on a candy thermometer – about 15 minutes – stir frequently.
  • Reduce heat to low, carefully add potatoes cook and stir until smooth – about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the egg yolks and mix well.
  • Return to low heat for 2 to 3 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat mix in either the sherry or the vanilla (NOT BOTH) Note: I like to add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon here, but it’s optional.
  • Allow the paste to cool at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl or individual dishes and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve cold.