The first time I made cassava pone I was on a desperate quest to find recipes from other Caribbean nations beside Jamaica. You see, I was on the verge of finishing up up first cookbook Nyammings: 88 Authentic Caribbean Recipes. My research led me to this gluten free pudding like Trinidadian/ Guyanese confection. There are a couple other Cassava pone recipes out there but this version with its short simple list of ingredients and minimal instructions caught my eye. After reviewing a few recipes online I fashioned the recipe below.

The first bite of this chewy sweet coconut flavored treat was all it took to get me hooked. And I was not alone. That first pone was gone before the day ended. In the years since I have made this simple delicious dessert many times. Always to rave reviews. Grated  coconut and yucca/ cassava/ tapioca are found wherever Caribbean, Hispanic or Asian foods are sold.

 slices of Cassava Pone
Pone can be made with any root vegetable but cassava (yuca, tapioca) is the most popular by far. Another plus; If you follow a gluten free diet this recipe is perfect for you.
Packaged grated cassava and coconut
For  most recipes that require grated cassava or coconut I almost always use the prepackaged stuff. The results will be the same and you won’t notice the difference.  If using frozen cassava or coconut. Make sure that it’s fully thawed before using.
If you are unable to find the grated variety where you live or if you’re a ‘traditionalist’ (whatever that means)… buy the whole root, peel and wash it before grating. If using the whole root; peel, wash and grate the cassava. *Save time and your fingertips by using a food processor if you have one*
grated cassava
Fresh grated cassava
Spice plate. cinnamon, nutmeg, grated orange peel, and salt
Substitute Sian’s Cooking Sweet Spice for baking spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel in t his or any other recipe.
Cassava pone batter
The main ingredients in this Caribbean delicacy are grated cassava, coconut and coconut milk. The rest like the sugars and spices can be added and improvised to suit your tastebuds.

Cassava Pone Recipe

This gluten free pudding like Trinidadian/ Guyanese confection with its short simple list of ingredients and minimal instructions is a cinch to make and a joy to eat. 1 bite of this chewy sweet coconut flavored treat and you will be hooked.

30 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb grated cassava
  • 1 c grated coconut ( firmly packed)
  • ½ c brown sugar (it is ok to use 1 or both sugars)
  • ½ c granulated sugar (it is ok to use 1 or both sugars)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (*see notes*)
  • ½ tsp nutmeg (*see notes*)
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel (*see notes*)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TB butter (softened)
  • ½ c hot water
  • 1 c coconut milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ c raisins (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 375°

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl combine cassava, coconut, sugar and spices. Add butter. Whisk in water and coconut milk. Continue whisking for about 3 minutes, until ingredients are mixed well. Pour batter into a well- greased baking dish and place on the middle rack of the hot oven. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes until knife inserted in the center comes out clean, or until top springs back when pressed.  Remove from oven and cool at room temperature for at least 90 minutes before serving.  This dessert is delicious eaten as a snack or as a pastry with a hot beverage.

Notes

substitute 2 tsp Sian's Cooking Sweet Spice for cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel

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