Sweet Potato Pone


This isn’t a family recipe, I took this off the internet sometime ago and for the life of me cannot recall the source. While we know the sweet potato is a New World crop I do not know where sweet potato pone originated. I’d guess it was created by Black slaves, as it exists everywhere the transatlantic slave trade touched. Unfortunately, it is not as popular in America as it once was, but still quite common is Jamaica and other West  Indian nations. Most people eat pone as a desert but I find it is also a great side with dinner particularly around the holidays.
Try the recipe out , comment and let me know how it came out.

  • 2-1/2 pounds of mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup milk or evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cane syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 375°F.Roast sweet potatoes until tender. Let cool. Peel and mash the potatoes, then stir in melted butter.In a bowl, beat the eggs, add sugar and beat thoroughly. Add milk, vanilla, molasses, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and orange zest. Beat until well blended. Stir into mashed sweet potatoes, then mix until well blended.Place the mixture into a buttered 1-1/2 quart baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Let cool before serving.

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