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    2 hrs 45 mins

    45 mins

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    Jellyqueen's Note:

    This very sweet little dessert is made from the Cuban sweet potato called a boniato. There really is no substitution, but if you are feeling brave a white sweet potato might be OK. You can find boniato in Latin grocery stores. This is really sweet, and is served in small doses. We like it after a garlicy meal, such as Cuban Roast Pork and Mojo Crillio, served with little cups of strong espresso. This is not a typical America dessert – it’s not chocolate cake, not a hot fudge sundae – so be ready for something new - its an adventure!

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    1. 1
      Place the cubed potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water and add 1 teaspoon salt – boil until tender, about 20 minutes.
    2. 2
      Drain potatoes and puree in a food processor or blender.
    3. 3
      Combine the 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar, lime peel and cinnamon stick in a large heavy saucepan.
    4. 4
      Cook until it reaches the soft-ball stage (250 degrees) on a candy thermometer – about 15 minutes – stir frequently.
    5. 5
      Reduce heat to low, carefully add potatoes cook and stir until smooth – about 6 to 8 minutes.
    6. 6
      Remove from heat and add the egg yolks and mix well.
    7. 7
      Return to low heat for 2 to 3 minutes stirring constantly.
    8. 8
      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.
    9. 9
      Allow the paste to cool at room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes.
    10. 10
      Transfer to a serving bowl or individual dishes and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
    11. 11
      Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve cold.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cuban Boniatillo (sweet Potato Paste Dessert)

    Serving Size: 1 (210 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 318.3
    Calories from Fat 15
    Total Fat 1.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 78.6 mg
    Sodium 343.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 68.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
    Sugars 53.8 g
    Protein 2.3 g

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