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Pone 2 Ways: Cassava & Sweet Potato Recipe by Chef Shaun 🇹🇹 Foodie Nation


Pone is a traditional dessert in Trinidad and Tobago, reflecting the island's cultural diversity and culinary heritage. It originated from indigenous cassava cultivation and evolved through African influences during the colonial period. The dessert consists of grated cassava, sweet potato, coconut, sugar, and spices, baked into a pudding-like consistency. Pone holds cultural significance, often served at special occasions, and represents the island's flavors and traditions. While modern adaptations exist, the dish remains a symbol of Trinidadian and Tobagonian culinary identity.


Sweet Potato Pone


Yield – 8 to 12 Servings.


Ingredients

Unsalted Butter – 4 oz (room temp.)

Brown Sugar – 1 ½ cups

Black Pepper – ¾ tsp

Salt – ¼ tsp

Cinnamon Powder – ½ tsp

Grated Nutmeg – 1/8 tsp

Grated Tonka Bean – 1/8 tsp

Ground Cardamom – ¼ tsp

Mixed Essence – 1 tsp

Grated Ginger – 2 tsp

Evaporated Milk – ¼ cup

Finely Ground Sweet Potato – 2 ½ cups

Finely Ground Pumpkin – 1 cup

Finely Ground Coconut – 1 cup


Method

* Preheat your oven to 325 F.

* Add butter and sugar to a bowl and mix until fully incorporated.

* Add black pepper, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, tonka bean, cardamom, essence, ginger & milk.

* Add sweet potato, pumpkin & coconut.

* Pour mixture into a greased baking dish.

* Bake uncovered for 2 hours.


Cassava Pone


Yield – 8 to 12 Servings.


Ingredients

Unsalted Butter – 4 oz (room temp.)

Brown Sugar – 1 ½ cups

Black Pepper – ¾ tsp

Salt – ¼ tsp

Ground Cinnamon – ½ tsp

Grated Nutmeg – 1/8 tsp

Ground Cardamom – ¼ tsp

Mixed Essence – 1 tsp

Evaporated Milk – ¼ cup

Finely Ground Cassava – 2 ½ cups

Finely Ground Pumpkin – ½ cup

Finely Ground Coconut – ½ cup


Method

* Preheat your oven to 325 F.

* Add butter and sugar to a bowl and mix until fully incorporated.

* Add black pepper, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, essence & milk.

* Add cassava, pumpkin & coconut.

* Pour mixture into a greased baking dish.

* Bake uncovered for 2 hours.

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