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By rofi on Flickr

Similar to mazapan with a slightly soft sweet potato filling, these are traditional treats for the Easter holidays.

Ingredients

* 4 oz sweet potato

* 1 large egg

* 2 cups ground almonds

* 1 cup caster superfine sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

* finely grated rind of 1 small lemon

* 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

* 4 tbsp pine nuts

* 4 tbsp pistachio nuts, chopped
* Butter, for greasing

Cooking Time 45 Mins.
Serves 6
Vegetarian-friendly yes

Directions
Dice the sweet potato, and cook it in a pan of boiling water for 15 minutes, or until soft. Drain and leave to cool. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line one or two baking sheets with foil and grease well with butter.

Put the cooled sweet potato in a food processor and process to make a smooth purée, then work in the egg yolk, ground almonds, sugar, lemon rind and vanilla essence to make a soft dough. Transfer the dough to a bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
Spoon walnut-sized balls of dough on to the foil, spacing them about 2,5cm/1 in apart, then flatten them out slightly.

Lightly beat the egg white and brush over the cakes. Sprinkle half the cakes with pine nuts, slightly less than 1 tbsp esach, and half with pistachio nuts. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Leave to cool on the foil, then lift off with a metal spatula.
Notes
Pair with a Catalan dessert wine

Image by Flickr member Tinaraval

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