A spicy, mouthwatering pudding like baked dessert made from cassava, sweet potato and pumpkin.
Are you ready to dive into this kinda pudding, not a cake goodness? A few posts back I mentioned in the Caribbean we used ground provision for a lot of things. If you are wondering what "ground provision" is I gave some explanation in the pigeon peas soup post. We eat provision as a side, include it in our soups or make dishes with them being the main ingredient.
Pone is one of those dishes that we use it as a the main ingredient. It is made from either a variety of ground provisions (Cassava (yuca), sweet potato and even corn) or a mixture of them. This is a popular Caribbean baked treat.
Do you ever hear the name of something and wonder how they came up with that name? I recently had this discussion about "Milk" with some people and "pone" is another one that I've always asked random people what it is.Who decided that a root vegetable baked in coconut milk with some spices was a Pone?
But the reason of the name does not matter. Honestly, I don't think it will deter me from eating this goodness.
Traditionally the process of making pone included grating everything down before putting it to bake. The coconut needs to be husked, cut up (or broken open), separated from the shell then grated. That's why we make our own coconut milk. The process was long. Now thank heavens not just for food processors and/or blenders but that you can also easily find desiccated coconut in stores
I can't even say it's a cake or not, it's definitely closer to a pudding but with so much more flavor. You get the taste of the cassava and coconut then a shot of spices at the end.
I really can go through a lot of slices of this. You hear cries of "Oh gosh, put the pone away before I eat it all", "Please give some of that pone away", "Who decided to make pone when I'm trying to lose weight" while everybody is taking one more "small" slice."
It really is one of those things where you just can't stop eating it because it's so delicious.
Another great Caribbean dish that I hope you will definitely try.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert Yam Sweet Potato Cassava cake Caribbean
- 2 cups grated sweet potatoes
- 1 cup grated cassava
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup grated pumpkin
- 2 cups grated coconut with liquid (if you don't have dried coconut use 1 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut)
- 3 tbsps melted shortening
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Raisins (optional)
Heat oven at 350
If using a dried coconut, open and separate "meat" from shell
Combine all grated ingredients: sweet potato, cassava, pumpkin and coconut (including liquid)
Add shortening, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper and salt
Add raisins if using
Pour mixture into a greased dish (I used two bread pans since I like my pone thick)
Bake for 1 and a half hours or until pone leaves the side of the pan
Cool before cutting
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