I hardly choose ingredients just because they are pretty. Normally, I am more of an ugly beautiful kinda gal. I love food which are charred, browned, wilted, limp, burnt...simply butt ugly, but delicious.
But the time I saw these purple sweet potatoes....my knees went weak. I was instantly in love with their deep, rich, exuberant color. Plus, they are more than just a pretty face. They are sweet and fragrant...and rich in complex carb, dietary fiber, beta carotene, vitamin C and B6.
There are so many things I could've done with them...deep frying them, roasting, boiling them for Chinese or Indonesian desserts...and many more! What the heck, with two big pieces, I think I can do all of them, starting with...
Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake with White Chocolate Cookie Crust
Adapted from I Nom Things's Pumpkin Cheesecake
The Cookie and White Chocolate Crust
- 12 digestive cookies/graham crackers
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 stick of butter, melted, cooled
- a row from a bar of white chocolate, grated
Preheat oven to 175-180C. Whack cookies into crumbs or use food processor. Mix cookies with sugar, melted butter and grated white chocolate, pour into cake pans (I used a loaf pan) and press until compact, bake for 5-10 mins, let cool and refrigerate while preparing other ingredients. Keep the oven heated.
The Sweet Potato Cheesecake
- 1 cup of mashed purple sweet potatoes (I cut them into small cubes, microwave on high for 6 minutes with a bit of milk, then mash them with a fork, I left some chunks, cos I wanna bite into some sweet potato goodness)
- 1 package of cream cheese, room temperature, cut into a few chunks with knife which has been dipped into hot water
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- a dash of vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 eggs
In a mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add other ingredients gradually, mix well until creamy. Pour into pan over crust, bake until slightly cracked (about 30-40 minutes), let cool, refrigerate. Ehm, actually I love eating them hot too, especially in these cold winter days.