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Gateaux Patate

​Usually prepared at special occasions and prayers in Mauritius.  Made with sweet potato, coconut and lots of sugar! A little taste of paradise! 


300g cooked sweet potato
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp ground almonds
2-3 brown coconuts flesh grated, or 100g desiccated coconut
100g unrefined golden caster sugar
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp vanilla extract
vegetable oil for frying
1-2tbsp plain flour


​1. Mash the sweet potato until completely smooth.

2. Add ground almonds & flour and work into the mixture until you have a dough that comes together into a ball 

3. Place in an oiled bowl cover with a damp cloth and chill in the fridge for 30 mins

4. In a separate bowl mix together the grated coconut, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract until well combined 

5. Once the dough has firmed up divide the mixture into 8 small balls

6. Use a rolling pin to roll the balls into circles about 10am in diameter 

7. Place a tsp of the coconut mixture into the centre of each dough circle then fold over and make a half moon shape 

8. Press down the edges using a fork so none of the mixture can come out

9. Heat enough veg oil for deep frying, fry the gateaux Patate until golden  (around 4-5 mins) and the pastry has puffed up. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool before serving. 

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