Recipe for Chinese dried sweet potato candy?
When I used to live in Santa Barbara, there was a Chinese woman at one of the farmers markets who sold specialty roots. Although she didn't sell a great diversity of produce, she was my go-to source for high-quality ginger and garlic. But the item that really kept me coming back to her small, card-table-sized stand week after week was her home-made sweet-potato "candy."
These dried sweet potato slices were delicious and totally addictive. The dried sweet potato had a wonderfully toothsome and chewy texture similar to dried papaya spears - and had almost just as high sugar content.
Does anyone have any idea of how I would go about making dried sweet potato candy at home? I grew a lot of sweet potatoes last season and just recently tried to dehydrate some thin slices. Unfortunately they came out more like dog-treats and less like a delicious snack for people. Help!
HillJ, isn't it more like sweetened dehydrated fruit? I had pictured something more like this:
or maybe even something more like this
lilgi, this is my go to version for Sweet Potato Candy
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
pinch sea salt
.33 cup walnuts
¼ cup Coconut flake
5 dates, softened in 1/3C water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coconut butter, artisana brand
1 slice pineapple
¼ cup raw agave
1 sweet potato, peel & slice 1/8 thick
Take the first 5 ingredients and blend together, set aside in a bowl with lid.
Take the next 5 ingredients including the soak water and blend as well, add to dry mixture and stir until they are one. Add peeled and sliced sweet potato to mixture and toss with hands until happy. Let sit at room temp for 5 hours and toss when you think about it. This will get the sweet potato nice and soft. Place on teflex sheets then sprinkle with extra coconut and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 2 1/2hrs, flip and dehydrate for another 1 1/2hrs. Remove from teflex sheets and dehydrate for another 7hrs. Let sit in dehydrator until cool. Store in air tight container. These are incredible warm too!