Tuesday, November 29, 2005

BONUS! Recipe for an Equitorial Thanksgiving: Tarte de plantain/patate (plantain:sweet potato pie)

This is the very successful dish we made for Thanksgiving dessert. It's actually just a recipe copied from the Internet (someone's modified Joy of Cooking recipe), with plantains substituted (if you like) for sweet potatoes. Still, it had some personal and Cameroonian touches...you can't buy pie crusts here, so I bought cookies and stomped on the bag to make crumbs for a crust; the oven has no temperature measure, so we gagued heat by color on the dial; and nothing was measured, so I'm sure everyone's products will taste different. Here goes, for one pie...

1. get ginger or graham or plain vanilla cookies, about .35 kg, and crush them
2. in the bottom of pan, mush cookie crumbs and two eggs and a slab of butter together...line the bottom of the pan with the mixture
3. bake for about 10 minutes at 425°F (very red), until mostly cooked - slightly moist and still soft

1. peel, cut, and boil sweet potatoes or plantains until soft and yellow
2. drain, mash
3. in a blender or with your well-washed hands, combine about 2 cups of boiled mash, .75 cps evaporated milk, .75 cps brown sugar, .25 cps baking flour, 1 tsp. vanilla, .5 tsp salt, 2 eggs, and a few pinces of spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc).
4. pour mixture into pan with crust at bottom, top with cookie crumbs, and put in oven
5. bake at 425°F (very red) for 10 minutes, then at 350°F (rather red) for about another 50 minutes

Serve with ridiculously expensive whipped cream (the only thing I have let myself buy, which is more expensive here than in the States), some chestnut/vanilla topping that I found on sale at the Supermarket (and bought, because on sale, to counterbalance the many dollars I was wasting on the whipped cream), and fruit salad. SO good.


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