With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this #SundaySupper is all about romantic dishes for two, hosted by Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. I wanted to get out of my usual ‘chocolate and strawberries’ Valentines rut, so I decided upon a Malawian recipe for Mbatata Cookies with Coconut Cream.
Mbatata Cookies are a type of sweet potato cake made in Malawi to celebrate special occasions. They are traditionally cut into heart shapes because Malawi is known as ‘the warm heart of Africa’. Isn’t that alone enough to make you want to visit?!
I made this dish for one of my best friends, who has spent a lot of time in Malawi and has fallen in love with the country. I just hope my Mbatata cookies live up to her expectations!
My cookies turned out rather more like cakes – because I made two large hearts rather than lots of little ones. You could do either, but the cake-like texture works well for a decadent dessert. The mixture is a simple one – just a bit of mashed sweet potato, a little butter and flour, a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon. You can jazz it up any way you like, so I sought inspiration from Malawi’s tropical fruits and made a caramelised mango filling and coconut cream to drizzle over the top.
My caramelised mango filling was technically supposed to be mango jam, but I only wanted to make a small amount and so ended up with tiny mango pieces in caramel. Still, it tasted good, so I used it anyway. Hey, it could be a new recipe invention which suddenly takes off, you never know!
It’s not an overly sweet dessert, and the tropical flavours work really well with the Mbatata base. They are ridiculously filling though, so you may just want to share one between two – or, if you’re anything like me, skip the main course and just feast on this dessert. It’s practically a complete meal; it’s got potato in after all!
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