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7 Flavours of Summer 5. Bajan Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream

July 8, 2011

Barbadian Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream Copyright Taymer Mason

In Barbados and many other Caribbean islands we tend to use white fleshed sweet potatoes. The orange variety has more moisture and cannot be used in certain dishes that we do in the region. Personally I find the orange flesh too soft  and similar to butternut squash and I use it in recipes that would call for pumpkin. I know I know I am missing out on some serious beta carotene but  the white sweet potatoes are just as fibrous and sweet. One dish that we do in Barbados is a pie or casserole made with  mashed sweet potatoes, cinnamon, pineapple juice and butter. It is baked and topped with pineapples and cherries and served as a side dish along other savoury dishes especially during the holidays. I do not personally like this dish because it is sweet so I decided a NEW way to eat this dish in a setting that it would be most welcomed for me. Sticking the pie into an ice cream custard. As crazy as this may sound it worked and th starchy sweet potatoes lent to binding and thickening the custard and also gave a creamy mouthfeel. This is a very heavy ice cream due to the fibre content and can be served alongside West Indian styled baked goods like pone.

White Fleshed Sweet Potatoes Copyright Cynthia Nelson Photography

Let us get to the ice cream profile

Barbadian Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream Copyright Taymer Mason

Base: Soy creamer full fat  with full fat coconut milk  alternatives full fat coconut milk or soy milk with 1/2 cup vegan butter

Result Heavy and rich

Extremely Very low ice crystal detection

Sugar sources: West Indian light brown sugar

Flavour profile of star ingredient: extremely high taste exactly like sweet potato pie

Kid Friendly Low to spiced for the average child

Barbadian Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream Copyright Taymer Mason

Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream Copyright TAYMER MASON

White Sweet Potato Mash

1 scant cup puree cooked white sweet potato should be a small sweet potato

2 tablespoons vegan butter

1 tablespoon pineapple juice

1/2 cup pureed pineapples or tidbits

1 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon it does something

Mix all ingredients  together and set aside

 Spiced Ice Cream

1 cup soy creamer

1 1/2 cup soy milk

3 heaping tablespoons vegan butter

1 teaspoon pineapple extract, optional

1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp xanthan gum, gum is optional

1 tsp fresh nutmeg

1 tablespoon fresh cinnamon

1 to 2 tsp vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

1 scant teaspoon ginger powder

1 very scant teaspoon all spice

1 scant teaspoon clove

1/4 cup soy milk plus 1 teaspoon arrowroot optional

Mix soy creamer soy milk, butter and cook on medium heat until it starts to bubble

Add in well mixed xanthan gum with sugar and reduce heat. Stir well.

Add nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.

Add ginger allspice and clove. Add optional thickener of arrowroot and milk. Take off heat and stir.

Add puree into the custard and get all the lumps of potato out.

Cool and chill overnight.

Place into ice cream maker and let it do its magic

Schrreeechhhh….. hold up. Those pineapple tidbits really F ed up my ice cream maker. Make sure you grind them well or add in chunks at the end. You can add chopped cherries in at the end too.

That is it for this week …two more to go.

It may be mango tango,passion fruit bliss or vanilla with shell topping.

Barbadian Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream Copyright Taymer Mason

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2011 8:10 pm

    Your ice “creams’ look so delicious…my favorite is mint and chip so I’ll have to try that one for sure. That sweet potato pie one sounds and looks amazing!!!

    • Taymer permalink*
      July 8, 2011 8:12 pm

      Thank you so much seems to be a secret society of this mint chocolate chip I need to open an ice cream shop lol

  2. July 10, 2011 11:20 am

    Brilliant!
    I’m drooling, I’ve got to have this icecream!

  3. Bajangyal permalink
    July 13, 2011 11:04 am

    T looking at this an ice cream version of based on breadfruit and pickle comes to mind…lol…I think breadfruit would also work well as a base and then make a candied version of the traditional Pickle…now that would be an amazing ice cream to pull off because to think of it it doesn’t seem like it would work.

    Going looking for some sweet potatoes to try this out this weekend

  4. August 19, 2013 1:22 am

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