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Sweet-Potato-Cake Ice Cream Sandwich with Caramel Sauce and Praline

Sweet-Potato-Cake Ice Cream Sandwich with Caramel Sauce and Praline



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This reader requested recipe is from the April 2003 issue (pictured above).

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 small red-skinned sweet potato
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

Praline

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • ½ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 6 cups vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

Recipe Preparation

For Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 9x5x3" loaf pan. Pierce sweet potato all over with a fork. Heat in microwave on high until sweet potato is tender when pierced with a skewer, turning once, about 10 minutes. Cool sweet potato slightly. Peel sweet potato. Transfer to a bowl; mash with fork.

  • Whisk all-purpose flour and next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in a large bowl until well blended. Beat in vanilla and ½ cup sweet potato puree (reserve remaining puree for another use). Beat in sour cream, then eggs, blending just until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat on low speed just until blended, then beat on high speed, about 30 seconds.

  • Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until a tester inserted comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack, at least 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack; cool completely.

For Caramel Sauce

  • Stir sugar and ⅓ cup water in a heavy large saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil without stirring until syrup is a deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 7 minutes.

  • Remove from heat. Add cream (mixture will bubble vigorously). Stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in lemon juice. Remove from heat and set aside.

For Praline

  • Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Stir sugar and 2 Tbsp. water in a heavy small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil without stirring until syrup is a deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 6 minutes. Add nuts (do not stir). Quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Cool completely. Break praline into pieces. Transfer to a food processor and blend until finely ground.

  • Cut cake crosswise into twelve ¾"-thick slices (discard end pieces). Place 6 slices on work surface. Top each with 1 cup ice cream. Top with remaining cake slices; press slightly to adhere. Freeze sandwiches until firm, about 1 hour.

  • Stir reserved caramel sauce over medium heat until heated through. Cut each sandwich diagonally in half. Place 1 slice on each of 12 plates. Spoon warm caramel sauce over; sprinkle with praline and serve.

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The Mascarpone is so creamy and just melts on your warm pumpkin-y french toast! Mmmm.

The recipe calls for blackberry puree so i just made my own by throwing some fresh blackberries in the food processor.

Only takes a couple minutes to puree them!

Start making the Blackberry-Caramel. Heat the cream in a small saucepan. In another small saucepan, combine the sugar and water over high heat and cook, without stirring.

Cook about 8 minutes or until liquid is amber brown.

Slowly whisk in the warm cream, blackberry puree and cook until smooth and slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. (If you want to add the blackberry liqueur, add at this time too!)

Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and extract. Let come to room temperature.

On to the french toast. Whisk together eggs, sugar and salt in a large baking dish until smooth.

Add the pumpkin, ground spices milk and heavy cream, vanilla and rum (or maple flavoring) and whisk until smooth.

Place your sliced bread in the custard mixture and let sit for 2 minutes. Carefully turn over and let sit until bread is completely soaked through, about 2 more minutes. (You may want to take note of how many slices you are going to be able to fry at a time and only soak that amount!)

Heat oil and butter in large pan over medium-high heat until mixture begins to sizzle.

Cook the bread until golden brown on the bottom, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip! Continue to cook until the other side is golden brown, about 2 to 3 more minutes.

Remove from pan and place on a baking sheet in a warmed oven. continue making the rest of the french toast!

For the creamy stuffing. combine mascarpone and remaining cream in a bowl and mix with kitchen aid or electric mixer. Beat until fluffy and smooth!

Scrap the mixture into the bowl and fold a few tablespoons of the blackberry-caramel sauce. Put the remaining sauce back on the stove on low to reheat.

Start to assemble. Top a piece of warm french toast with a large dollop of the blackberry-caramel mascarpone.

Cover with another piece of french toast and drizzle with the blackberry-caramel sauce. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Time to devour and enjoy.

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While stumbling around Okashi no Machioka snack shop, I noticed that there seems to be a new line of snacks featuring a graphic of a stern-looking Japanese gentleman in old-style garb. The man who is represented is Ryoma Sakamoto, a political revolutionary in the mid to late 1800's. Is it me, or is that sort of a weird thing to put on a box of cakes? This particular line of Lotte snacks represent areas of Kagoshima prefecture associated with Mr. Sakamoto and were released on June 22.

There are 6 snacks in this campaign, and I'll be reviewing at least two of them. Besides these sweet potato cakes, I also bought a box of yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) cookies, but there are also purple potato Crunky chocolates, Toppo castella-flavored pretzel sticks (like an inverted Pocky), and some yuzu gum which I haven't located yet. In fact, I seriously considered doing a Ryoma Sakamoto snacks theme week, but most of these items are multi-packs and I could't finish them off for weeks if I bought that many of them. And frankly, doing a week of snacks themed around a guy who was assassinated at 33 and whose Smith and Wesson revolver is picture on his Wikipedia page is just too damn weird.

There are 6 cakes in the box and I paid 198 yen ($2.19). That price will probably go down as the product line rapidly ages. The back of the box shows a statue of a proud and tall Sakamoto with what looks to be a tiny Japanese woman slightly behind and off to his left looking on in admiration. I'm guessing this statue is in the area where the sweet potatoes used in this confection are from. Frankly, it looks a bit sexist in design to me as it brings to mind the idea of women walking 7 paces behind men in old feudal Japan.

When I unwrapped the foil packet and gave these a sniff, they smelled excellent. There was a definite good whiff of Japanese sweet potato. The first bite revealed what seemed to be brown sugar and buttery notes as well as sweet potato, though I will note that these use margarine (not butter). The second bite, however, actually wasn't quite as good as a strange flavor seemed to be revealed. The flavor seemed similar to coconut, but wasn't really quite the same. By the third and fourth bites, this flavor dominated and I couldn't detect the sweet potato much. I wonder if that weird flavor was a result of the use of "natural cheese" (probably Gouda if I know Japanese snack makers, and I do). Note that these are colored with anatto in order to bring them closer to a potato color. There is no real sweet potato in them, but rather a powder. Oddly, they also have cocoa powder in them.

These were fine, but not quite what I expected. Certainly as a generic sweet they're fine, if a bit oddly seasoned. The texture is moist and they're a bit fatty. Each small (16.5 gram/.6 oz.) cake is 77 calories, which isn't bad even for a morsel like this. I just wish the sweet potato flavor weren't diluted by so many other tastes. I will slowly eat the remainder of the box when I am in the mood for cake, but I'm quite certain I wouldn't buy these again.

3 comments:

Bummer! When I saw a post for sweet potato cakes, I got super excited to find out how they tasted. Too bad they were not that great.

I shared one of these with a student today, and she also thought they were so-so. She confirmed my impression that they tasted okay, but not much like sweet potato.

And I agree, it is too bad!

I recently bought a sweet potato cake from KIX - not from LOTTE though. on my last trip to Japan. They tasted excellent, but tasted more like coffee. They were good, but nothing like sweet potatos.


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During one of the "famine" periods of new product releases, I snapped up this Tirol Premium chocolate. Within days, there was another "feast" cycle and a flurry of new items to review and sample came around and this got put on the back burner for several weeks. Normally, I would not be jumping on board with caramel chocolates because I'm not a big caramel fan and it was only the temporary dearth of new offerings. It's not that I hate them, but rather that they're not the sort of things that get my mojo worked up. Given a variety of options, I'll choose chestnut, sweet potato, milk chocolate, or nut-flavored candies over caramel.

At any rate, I let this candy sit on my desk for a day before eating it because I think the flavor of chocolate is better at room temperature. I had been keeping it in the refrigerator to keep it from melting, and I think it was a little worse for wear in terms of its appearance. The texture was super, super soft. It practically melted in my mouth the moment I put it on my tongue. It was like eating a super soft truffle from the texture angle. I liked that.

In terms of scent and taste, this hit me mainly as sweet, burnt brown sugar caramel rather than as a buttery caramel. The fact that it doesn't have butter notes makes the flavor less well-rounded and lacking in richness. The strange thing is that butter is one of the ingredients, but it's rather low on the list. Items that are higher on the list are a plethora of "powders" including cocoa, cream, and caramel powders.

This wasn't overly sweet, but it was sweeter than I might prefer in a "perfect" treat and the caramel flavor seemed a little fake. Like all Tirol Premium chocolates, this is a one-inch square (2.54 cm.), but unlike most, it's not around 50 calories. This has 64 calories. I'm guessing this is due to the extra fat used in the soft, creamy filling.

I liked this, but the way in which the caramel seemed fake (though I'm pretty sure it isn't) and the lack of profound buttery notes mean that I can't see buying another. That being said, this is a pretty nice chocolate. The texture is luxurious, and someone who is a greater fan of caramel than me may really love this. Don't take my indifferent rating too much to heart. I think this is a nice candy for people who love caramel. Unfortunately, I'm not sufficient enough a caramel fan to really appreciate this. These are available at most convenience stores in Tokyo for 32 yen (35 cents) per candy. This isn't the first time they have been on offer, and I'm guessing they'll disappear at some point and come back again as this seems to be part of the regular rotation of premium Tirol candies.

2 comments:

I love caramel, so I'm sure I'd love these. Will have to look for them here in Bangkok (we get a lot of imported Japanese goodies, as Thais are huge fans of everything Japanese :)

Hello. Keep up the fabulous work. It's not more than I need to know about Japanese Snack foods its the perfect amount of information. It's a wonderful collection of entries you have and very helpful for a girl staying in Tokyo.


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