Recipe courtesy of Señora Estela Salas Silva, of Casa Carmelita in Tlaxcala, Mexico.
Huevos de Camote (Sweet Potato Dessert) is a traditional Pueblan recipe used in the Day of the Dead ofrenda (offering table). During the Día de los Muertos holiday, an ofrenda is created in the home to welcome back family members who have died. Offerings typically include sweets and favorite meals, tequila or other liquor, images of the deceased and of various saints, candles, marigolds and more.
- 2 medium sweet potatoes or 1 large purple camote
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- Ground cinnamon
- ½ to 1 shot rum
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon orange rind
- 2-3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1. Boil the sweet potatoes until soft. Then peel and mash them.
2. In a saucepan, put 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until slightly thickened.
3. Add the sweet potatoes, rum, vanilla and orange rind to the sugar syrup and keep stirring until thick and pasty and bottom of pan comes clean. Turn off the heat and keep stirring.
4. Place the mixture in another bowl to cool.
5. When the mixture has cooled, use your hands to form small egg shapes.
6. Roll the egg shapes in a mixture of nuts and cinnamon to coat them then roll in powdered sugar.
7. Wrap each individual egg in colorful tissue paper and twist the ends.
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