These are camotes enmielados or Mexican candied sweet potatoes. My recipe is a bit different than the traditional one but I promise this is going to become one of your favorite desserts. Drizzle with spiced syrup and soy milk for an amazing Mexican vegan dessert.
2lbssweet potatoeach sweet potato cut into 4 or 8 pieces depending on size
2cups waterI used filtered
1/2cupgranulated piloncilloor brown sugar
2whole stickscanela or Ceylon cinnamon
3whole cardamom pods, bruised
1cupunsweetened soy milkor almond milk or oat milk or evaporated milk or media crema
Pour the water into the Instant Pot pot or any electric pressure cooker, then add the piloncillo, cinnamon sticks, spices and salt. Stir and select Saute function for 15 minutes. Allow to simmer until piloncillo has dissolved and the spices start releasing their scent.
Add the sweet potato pieces, place them skin side up. Place lid on IP and set valve to Sealing. Select manual mode and set to High Pressure for 10 minutes. Once timer goes off allow to sit for 10 more minutes. Then manually release remaining pressure. Wait for pressure valve to drop.
Carefully open the pressure cooker with steam facing away from your body. Remove the cooked sweet potato and set aside. Then with the slotted spoon scoop out all of the whole spices and discard them.
Set pressure cooker to Sauté and simmer until the liquid thickens up a bit and halves. Then carefully ladle it into a small serving pitcher with a small strainer over it to remove any last bits of spices.
To Serve the Camotes
Place a couple of pieces of sweet potato in a shallow bowl. Pour some syrup over them, then pour the plant milk or evaporated milk or media crema. Make sure the syrup and camotes are warm when serving.
If you want to make this on the stove top, the cooking time will be 25 to 30 minutes. This of course will depend on the size of your sweet potato pieces. They need to be fork tender.
It's up to you if you want to peel the sweet potatoes before cooking. If you leave the skin on make sure they are thoroughly cleaned. Also peel off skin before serving.
Please notice that the nutrition information is for the soy milk. If you use a different milk then the final numbers will be different.