Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and in 2014 that means TODAY!
Although the form of celebration has no doubt changed from how the original pilgrims celebrated their harvest, it is still an excuse for the family to gather around the table and have a feast.
The most popular dish on the menu tends to be the turkey, a centrepiece for Thanksgiving in the same way it is a centrepiece at the Christmas table. However, instead of roast potatoes, pigs in blankets and brussell sprouts on the side, you are more likely to see sweet potato covered with marshmallow, green bean casserole and cornbread.
Puddings are often of the pie variety, with three of the most famous being pumpkin pie, apple pie and pecan pie. Here’s an unusual recipe for sweet potato muffins which give you the flavours of Thanksgiving which you can have at any time of day.
Sweet Potato and Cinnamon Muffins – makes 10
- For the muffins: 2 eggs, 180g sugar, 250g cooked sweet potato, mashed, 80ml vegetable oil, 50ml water, 200g self raising flour, ¾tsp ground cinnamon
- For the butter icing: 50g sweet potato jam or any other jam, 80g butter (soft but not melted), 300/400g icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180° C and line a muffin tin with paper cases.
In a large bowl beat the eggs with the sugar. Add the oil and water and mix well.
Sieve the flour and cinnamon together before adding to the egg mixture. Fold everything together before adding the sweet potatoes.
Pour into the muffin case filling them about 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until muffins are cooked.
Place the butter and jam in a large bowl (you can use a food processor if you prefer) and slowly add the sugar a little at the time mixing continuously.
Carry on adding sugar till your preferred consistency has been reached. Pipe the cream onto the cold muffins and enjoy.
The Love Sweet Potatoes campaign is designed to tell consumers about the benefits of sweet potatoes and the different ways they can be used in everyday meals. The North Carolina farming family at Scott Farms is behind the campaign and has been growing sweet potatoes for over four generations. They are now the largest importer of sweet potatoes into the UK. The recipe was created by celebrity chef and sweet potato lover Felice Tocchini.
For more recipes please visit www.lovesweetpotatoes.com