Sweet Potato Yokan

My dinner buddy loves sweet potatoes, but I’m not that big fan of them like he is. When I found them on sale, I bought a big bag of it but I wondered how I could transform them to make him smile on the way back to home. 

 

My mind came up with one of the Japanese traditional snack called yokan, a dense cake made with red bean paste or sweet potato. I never made it with American sweet potato, so I thought giving it a try would be a good idea. 

 

Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!

 

<Today’s Recipe>

Sweet Potato Yokan(Jelly Cake)

sweet potato yokan

<Ingredients>

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<Directions>

  1. Fill water in a pot and cook sweet potato. Drain.
  2. Take out 1 tablespoon of water from ¼ cup water and mix it with gelatin. Set aside.
  3. Add sugar and mash sweet potato.
  4. Bring the sweet potato back in a pot and add water, gelatin and bring it to medium heat. Mix thoroughly to fully mix sweet potato and gelatin.
  5. Transfer that to a container and cool for about 2 hrs. Serve it cold.

 

<Cooking Tips>

  • Adjust the sugar amount according to your taste. Sometimes the sweet potato is already sweet enough, sometimes not…a little happy tasting time during cooking!
  • If you like it so smooth with silky touch, puree the sweet potato by using a strainer. We liked that a little chunk still remains, but it’s totally your choice to make it in your favorite way!

sweet potato yokan

Mmm, with hot green tea, our snack time went so good! We enjoyed it as a dessert too after having Washoku, so hope you’ll enjoy it too! 

 

By the way, Japanese people believe a sweet potato is a fart maker. I think that’s because it’s rich in fiber and after you consume them, your colon gets so busy digesting them. Therefore, my dinner buddy always teases me not to fart in front of him, but oh well, I’m expert at releasing it silently so he never knows when I did lol! 

 

Do you think a sweet potato is a fart maker too?;)

 

<Other Japanese Traditional Snacks to Try>

This one is with red bean paste. Mizu Yokan

eat mizu yokan

Feel Autumn Vibes!(Yes, it’s December but it’s still Autumn!) Baked Apple and Sweet Potato

Baked Apple & Sweet Potatoes

The Japanese Traditional condiments. Crunchy Brown Sugar Kinako Nuts

kinako nuts

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Rehoboth says:

    yummy. Thanks for sharing

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you for visiting dear😊✨

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  2. This sounds like a very easy recipe and tasty! I’ve never used sweet potatoes in a dessert but I can see now how it would work so well! 😃

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi there! Thank you so much for sweet comment❤️ In Japan we use sweet potato a lot in our dessert, so hope you try it one day and like it😊💕 Have a nice day dear☀️

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  3. johnrieber says:

    Love your recipes, and the cultural facts you share as well!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tanooki says:

      Haha~ thank you John!😂🙌❤️

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  4. You and your food partner sound like fun! 😊

    PS. I’m with you, I worked for many years working in crowded offices and am also an expert 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tanooki says:

      Haha yay😂🙌✨💕 Years of training brought us the fartastic skill🤣💨🤣💨🤣

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Priti says:

    Beautiful desert recipe with sweet potato! Thanks for sharing 👍🎉💕

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tanooki says:

      Of course Priti❤️ Glad to have you in my culinary journey, have a bright sun shine above you✨

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      1. Priti says:

        Thank you very much. God bless you 😊🤗💓

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Livia says:

    Wow, that sounds like a very delicious recipe 😋 thank you for sharing 🙏😊 do you know if it would be possible to use agar-agar instead of gelatin?

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Livia, of course! Actually I searched up some recipes and half uses agar agar, and the other half uses gelatin. I don’t have easy access to agar agar now so I chose gelatin😊 If you’re using agar agar, it’s vegan friendly👍✨

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      1. Livia says:

        Oh, that’s great! Thank you very much for checking and for the info 🙏😊 I asked because I can buy agar agar almost everywhere here but gelatin is the problem 😆 just the opposite from your situation 😉

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Exactly!🙌❤️✨ Indonesia has so many delicacies using agar agar, so I got check them out when I visit Indonesia…hey, I think my “wishlist – to do in Indonesia” is already full thanks to you😂😂😂

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  7. Sowmya says:

    Lovely dessert using sweet potato. Thanks for sharing Tanooki

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Sowmya✨❤️💕

      Liked by 1 person

  8. cattknithat says:

    Sounds good! Are sweet potatoes different in Japan?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi there! Yes they’re so different in Japan. There’s only 1 type of “sweet potato” called satsumaimo in Japan. They have reddish skin, cream colored flesh and the texture is similar to russet potato. I don’t care about what color the skin/flesh is, but sweet potato in the US got more moisture so it’s not really working to substitute my mom’s recipe😔

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  9. da-AL says:

    as for fart making — then all the better to eat them at the end of a meal when one can dash lol

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Haha~~that’s so right!!😂🙌💕 You crack me up, that was absolutely good one💨🤣💨🤣💨

      Liked by 1 person

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