Pan de Batata Recipe (Dominican Sweet Potato Cake)
Pan de Batata Recipe (Dominican Sweet Potato Cake): a delicious dessert with a very exotic and spicy taste, the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and a touch of ginger.
Cook Time 1hour5minutes
Total Time 1hour5minutes
Author Clara Gonzalez
1/2cupof butter at room temperature(or 1/3 cup of vegetable oil), divided
2lb[0.9 kg] of sweet potatoes
1 1/2cupof brown sugar
1cupof whole milk
1/2cupfinely chopped coconut
2teaspoonsof grated ginger
1teaspoonof cinnamon powder
1teaspoonof cloves powder
Preheat the oven to 350 ºF [175 ºC].
Use a teaspoon of butter to cover a 9" baking pan.
Peel the sweet potatoes. Grate with the least coarse side of your grater or pulse in the food processor until you obtain a paste.
Add all the remaining ingredients to the sweet potato and whisk until it is well-mixed.
Pour the mixture into the pan and bake until you pinch with a clean knife and it comes out clean (about 35 mins).
Cool to room temperature before removing from the pan.
The variety of sweet potato used for this dessert (batata), although common in the Dominican Rep. might be more difficult to find elsewhere. The potato used for this is a bright purple one with a greenish flesh and very sweet once cooked. If you can not find this type you will need to add three tablespoons of cornstarch to the mixture to compensate for the lower amount of starch in other varieties.