How to Use Up Sweet Potato Puree, Part 3

It’s time for a fresh installment of Julie vs. The Sweet Potato Puree. To recap:

In Part 1, we tried Sweet Potato Pancakes. Delicious, fluffy, easy to make, they are a good first line of attack in combatting the orange blob. But using up less than a cup of puree per batch, be sure to have a back-up plan.

In Part 2, we made a more concerted effort with a big panful of sweet potato cinnamon rolls. These used only slightly more puree, but were equally delicious and potentially capable of inducing a sugar coma.

Today, in Part 3, I turned to David Lebovitz for guidance, and made a batch of sweet potato ice cream with wet maple pecans.

Sweet Potato Ice Cream

Fresh from the machine, this ice cream tasted super-sweet from the maple, with a slightly starchy texture from the sweet potatoes that put me off a bit. I had to concentrate on the texture of the pecans to put it out of my mind, so I was glad I decided to make them. Last night, as a break from all the apple and pumpkin, I made us some little sweet potato “pie” parfaits, layering ice cream with whipped cream and our last few pie crust cookies (which turned out to be the ideal garnish). I think that the ice cream was more balanced after it had a chance to cure: less syrup-sweet and less yam-starchy. In any case, it was a highly successful reincarnation of a leftover side, certainly worth making again.

Sweet Potato Pie Parfait

Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Wet Pecans

1 lb leftover Vanilla Sweet Potato Puree (recipe here)
1 C 1% milk
2/3 C packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch salt
A few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste

Wet Pecans (see recipe below)

Put all ingredients from puree to salt in a blender and process until very smooth, at least 30 seconds. Add lemon juice to taste, then press through a mesh strainer and chill in the refrigerator. Churn in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer instructions, and add the Wet Pecans and their syrup at the end, stirring through. (My ice cream maker didn’t want to continue churning after I added them.)

Wet Pecans

1/2 C plus 1 T dark amber maple syrup
1 1/2 C pecans, toasted and chopped coarsely
a big pinch of salt

Heat syrup in a small saucepan, just until it reaches a full boil. Add the nuts and bring back to a boil. Stir and cook for 10 seconds, then remove from the heat and cool entirely. The nuts will remain wet and sticky. Prepare shortly before use, as advance preparation can make them lose their crispness.

Source: Adapted for leftover sweet potatoes from The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz.

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