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Trini Cassava Pone

Cassava Pone Slice garnished with Coconut and Cinnamon

My dad emerged from the back yard today carrying a large cassava root he had just dug up! One word, actually two words popped into my head; Cassava Pone.

Cassava pone; sweet gooey, who knew cassava could taste this good! I normally don't care much about cassava but when it's made into this I can't get enough. It's quite an unusual desert, not quite light and spongy like a cake but dense and moist. For those of you who've never had this, its quite a desert and very simple to make, and very hard to get wrong. 

The only problem in the making of this is the cassava itself. It spoils easily so as soon as the cassava was peeled, cut up and washed I took a portion to make my Pone and the rest was chucked into a plastic bag and put into the freezer. My cassava was white but if your cassava is black please discard it as it will be poisonous. This was my first attempt at pone making with the help from my mum and dad and the result was very close to my agee's (grandmother).

Cuisine: Trinidadian
Type: Dessert 
Time: 2 1/2 hrs
Serves: 16
Skill:  Easy
Kid Participation: None

1 1/2 lb        cassava (3 c grated fine)
1/4 tsp         cinnamon
1/8 tsp         cardamon (elichee) optional

1/2 lb            pumpkin (1 1/2 c grated fine)
2 c                grated coconut
2 c                brown sugar
3tb                butter
                     Water (less than 1c)

  1. Peel and wash cassava. Grate as fine as possible or alternately you can cut into chunks to put into a blender.  

     2.   Repeat step 1 with the pumpkin. Put the cassava, pumpkin, coconut, cinnamon, cardamon, butter, sugar and some water in a   bowl or blender and mix. You need to add just enough water to bind everything. (Less than 1c)
     3.   Grease and flour two circular pans and pour the cassava mixture to about 1" depth in pan. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 1 1/2 hours till golden on top.  

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  1. Lovely site and a great blog name. I love the way you have classified your recipe by cuisine and level of difficulty.

  2. thanks, you're the first person to comment on my blog :) Hope you'll be back

  3. Can't say how awesome it was to find another Trini blogger on Stumbleupon. Love your blog! I will be back :)

  4. i just had pone this week, i make all the time....ah like d chillibibi name......true Trini

  5. Thanks for the recipe. Used to make it with the pumpkin years ago but could not find a recipe with it. I usually made it in a rectangular pan and 2" in depth. 1" will be too thin for me. I will try it soon.

  6. Hiya, I am just about to make your amazing pone right now! wish me luck :)julia


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