Dulce de Batata is a marmalade-like candy from Argentina with a hard texture. It is made of sweet potatoes and is most commonly eaten as a dessert or sweet snack but can also be found on the breakfast table. In-between courses or after meals, Argentinos will serve it with a plate of cheeses, nuts or even cold cuts like homemade sausage.
Similar versions of this sweet potato dessert are also found in neighboring countries such as Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil.
Try the delicious combination of Dulce de Batata with cheese for yourself with this simple recipe:
2 kilos of sweet potatoes
1 liter of water
1 ½ kilos of sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into small slices.
Boil the potatoes in a small casserole dish sprinkled with the lemon juice.
Put the water, sugar and the vanilla into a bigger casserole dish.
Boil it at a low temperature for ½ hour for the preparation of the syrup.
Take the sweet potatoes, drain them, add them to the large casserole dish full of syrup and let them cook until the syrup becomes thick and the sweet potatoes are cooked.
Remove the dish from the heat and add the cinnamon to the dish.
Let the mixture cool down before you serve it.
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