Sunday, November 1, 2009

From the Philippines: Sweet potato (kamote) pudding

Because the flood-hit Philippines still need our help, I chose a traditional Filipino dessert as the first dish in this series. A quick glance at the ingredients and you could theorize that I felt I needed a little more sugar in my diet, but it being the day after Halloween, I assure you, that's not the case. Here is my take on the recipe:

SWEET POTATO (KAMOTE) PUDDING (Adapted from this site)


3 medium sweet potatoes
4 cups whole milk
1 can condensed milk
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
blanched almonds and raisins (about a handful of each)


Peel sweet potatoes and wash sweet potatoes and cut into small cubes.

Boil the whole milk in a heavy bottomed skillet on medium heat; Add sweet potatoes and reduce heat. Continue to cook until sweet potatoes are well done, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and mash potatoes until smooth. (I pureed with a hand mixer, and strongly recommend it.)

In a separate skillet, heat the butter. Add almonds and raisins and fry on very low heat until they turn light brown. Remove from skillet to a plate and set aside. In the same hot skillet, carefully add sweet potatoes along with condensed milk and sugar.

Adjust heat to medium, cook, stirring constantly until desirably thick. (I cooked it for 10 mins and that gave a nice consistency to the finished product.)

Remove from heat. Immediately transfer the dessert to a serving bowl and let set to cool. Garnish with almonds and raisins. Chill in refrigerator. Serves many.

I'm finding it hard to describe the subtle flavor of this dish. I think I'm having trouble focusing because of all the sugar (maybe I should run around the block and come back to this later). For now I'll say that it was a big hit around here, and I really enjoyed cooking outside of my comfort zone. If you liked being introduced to this recipe, please donate to the UN World Food Programme.

Not sufficiently entertained? Here's a hilarious sketch on celebrity humanitarianism with a cameo by none other than Jamie Oliver! It might not be your kind of humour, but I couldn't resist posting it. (Language warning.)




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