Chewy Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Palm Sugar Syrup

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sweet potato gnocchi in palm sugar syrup

sweet potato gnocchi in palm sugar syrup

Sweet potato again! I love sweet potatoes very much and my world can’t go on without sweet potatoes…..of course the other one being condensed milk. I like condensed milk so much that I even made my own! Click How To Make Condensed Milk to learn how to make your own. Maybe I should grow my own sweet potatoes…haha.

Sweet potatoes make great desserts. I was really delighted to discover that it is possible to make a sweet potato gnocchi dessert. The gnocchi was chewy and really delicious in palm sugar syrup, drizzled over with coconut cream. My daughter liked it very much.

The recipe is very simple and I find it fun to make.

Ingredients A (palm sugar syrup)
250g water
250g palm sugar (gula Melaka)

Palm sugar or gula Melaka

Palm sugar or gula Melaka

Put to a gentle boil in a pot until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

Ingredients B (coconut cream)
1C coconut cream
1/4t salt

Put Ingredients C in a pot and boil gently. Remove from heat.

Ingredients C
500g sweet potatoes (peeled and diced)
200g tapioca flour

Sweet potato gnocchi dough

Sweet potato gnocchi dough

Put the sweet potato dices in a pot. Add some water, maybe half a cup, and let it boil gently until cooked. Strain and mash the sweet potatoes while hot. Add the tapioca flour and knead to a soft dough. You may have to adjust the amount used depending on the potatoes.

gnocchi ready to be boiled

gnocchi ready to be boiled

Pinch small pieces and roll them into a ball. Make patterns if you like.

When all is done, put some water to boil. Put in the gnocchi. When they float, dish up with a slotted spoon and straight into the palm sugar syrup to soak for a while. You can give it a quick boil too. To serve, spoon some of the gnocchi into a bowl with some palm sugar syrup and add some coconut cream on it and enjoy.

Do you like sweet potato desserts? What is your best one? Do you have a sweet potato dessert to share? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Divina  on February 26th, 2010

Two more things that I absolutely love aside from sweet potatoes and condensed milk are palm sugar and coconut milk. I’ll try this with rice flour. hope to make this soon when I have some sweet potatoes. YUM

Shirley  on February 26th, 2010

This is really healthy gnocchi!

Sushma Mallya  on February 26th, 2010

I have not heard abt this,looks too good mary…

3hungrytummies  on February 26th, 2010

You can publish a book titled 101 way of using sweet potatoes. If you do grow them I’m sure you make good use of the delicious leaves too!

zurin  on February 26th, 2010

they look beautiful nn i like that u have given it an asian twist, beautiful!

Jeannie  on February 26th, 2010

This gnocchi of yours looks very good! I won’t mind trying it myself. I still have a gula melaka in my fridge:D

5 Star Foodie  on February 26th, 2010

I love the idea of dessert gnocchi! Yum! I just made sweet potato gnocchi with umami flavors for Penny’s gnocchi party tomorrow and this dessert gnocchi would be a great one to follow up with - my daughter would sure love it!

pigpigscorner  on February 26th, 2010

wah I can imagine how tasty this is! I have to try making gnocchi someday.

Mary  on February 26th, 2010

@Divina - Looks like we have similar favourites :D I think it would be great with rice flour too. Try it out and let me know.

@Shirley - It is, isn’t it? I thik anything made with sweet potatoes is healthy, or at least healthier, even as a dessert. At least we can indulge without feeling so guilty :P

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much. Give a try. If you like something chewy, you will like this one like me :D

@3hungrytummies - Wow….I’ll bear that in mind…publish a book! :D Ohhh…I really miss the sweet potato leaves….soooooo delicious fried, especially with fermented bean curd. Now I really miss that!

@zurin - Thanks very much, Zurin! :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! :D Have fun trying!

@5 Star Foodie - Gnocchi party sounds great! I’m sure your daughter will have fun making these gnocchi and eating them. I thought it was fun to make them :P

@pigpigscorner - Have fun trying! I know you would like palm sugar and coconut cream with them…..our Asian heritage :D

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on February 26th, 2010

These look very interesting, never thought of having them in a dessert although I did once blog a sweet potato cake.

Ellie  on February 26th, 2010

Very interesting recipe. I am hooked to your blog with your creativities :)

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on February 26th, 2010

Sweet potatoes are my favorite too! These look delicious.

Mary  on February 26th, 2010

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - I think sweet potato is quite versatile…can be made into many types of dishes, both sweet and savoury. I hope to learn more to enjoy it in more ways :D

@Ellie - Thanks very much, Ellie for such encouraging words! Now I’m so happy I can’t sleep :D …already past midnight!

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Thanks very much, Sook! :D

Drick  on February 26th, 2010

okay, we both love sweet potatoes and I do have a liking to condensed milk … but what about the shrimp Mary? … would that be your third favorite? - this is an outstanding recipe, sub the palm sugar and it could well be a southern Creole dessert….

cheah  on February 26th, 2010

Mary, this looks great. Just wondering whether I can use this recipe to make ‘Fan Shu Tan’, i.e. deep frying instead of boiling.

tasteofbeirut  on February 27th, 2010

This is an exciting recipe! I am so glad you posted it ! A change from the usual sweet potato casserole with mini marshmellows!

Catherine  on February 27th, 2010

Oooooh sweet potato in a dessert, how wonderful! These look sublime Mary, thanks for sharing :)

yasmeen  on February 27th, 2010

The soft gnocchi with sweet potatoes,must try it soon.I also use palm sugar a lot for sweetening :D

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on February 27th, 2010

Great recipe! Looks absolutely delicious, and I bet the texture is just perfect too.

kristy  on February 27th, 2010

Great job, Mary! I’m sure this taste wonderful and pretty refreshing too. I love sweet soup!

Judy  on February 27th, 2010

You’ve got a new twist on gnocchi, and it looks delicious!

Jagruti  on February 27th, 2010

Gnocchi looks yummy and delicious!!

rebecca  on February 27th, 2010

looks yummy, I studied in Aberdeen!

tigerfish  on February 27th, 2010

Your gnocchi looks really good!

deana@lostpastremembered  on February 27th, 2010

Those colors are too beautiful.. I love them!

Trissa  on February 27th, 2010

I’ve always thought of gnocchi as a savoury dish - what a lovely twist! Thanks Mary - it looks so good!

Tasty Trix  on February 27th, 2010

Did you know about Penny’s gnocchi party, or is this an example of great minds thinking alike??? This is a very cool and original dish, just awesome.

The Little Teochew  on February 27th, 2010

Brilliant recipe! I would love to try this. Let you know how it goes! :)

theUngourmet  on February 27th, 2010

This looks fun and delicious! I’ve never had anything like this. I bet my daughter would love it too!

penny aka jeroxie  on February 28th, 2010

This is soo good! you could have joined our party!

Mary  on February 28th, 2010

@Drick - Oh…..sweet potatoes and condensed milk are my top favourite for desserts! Of course can’t forget my other great love….prawns…. for main meal! Didn’t forget that. Just cooked yesterday :D I should try a creaole sweet potato dish…sounds good.

@cheah - I think it should come out nice. I want to try deep frying it. Thanks for suggesting. I have to try soon. I’m going to have fun again :D

@tasteofbeirut - Wow…sweeet pottao with marshmellows…..haven’t heard before. Wonder how it tastes like. Must be delicious. I’ll try one day. Have fun trying this :D

@Catherine - You are most wecome. Thanks very much too, Catherine! :D

@yasmeen - Palm sugar is such a beautiful sweetener. I love it. Have fun trying this gnocchi :D

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Thanks very much, Conor! :D They are chewy and delicious.

@kristy - Thanks very much, Kristy! I had fun making and eating. :D

@Judy - Thanks very much, Judy! :D

@Jagruti Thanks very much, Jagruti! :D

@Rebecca - Oh, you studied in Aberdeen! Hope one day you’ll come back for a visit. You can join our happy women’s parties :D

@tigerfish - Thanks very much! :D

@deana@lostpastremembered - Thanks very much! :D

@Trissa - Thanks very much, Trissa! :D

@Tasty Trix - This is just such a lovely coincidence. I heard the mention early on but completely forgot about it…too many Chinese New Year parties :P Yes, I should have joined it.That’s an interesting party.

@The Little Teochew - Thanks very much, Ju! Have fun making :D

@theUngourmet - Thanks very much! I bet your daughter will have fun making it. Hope she likes eating it too. I had fun making it. I want to make again :D

@penny aka jeroxie - That’s right, I should have joined your party. Heard the mention and forgot. I was just too carried away with all the Chinese New Year parties…..too much fun. That’s an awesome gnocchi party that you have!

Kitchen Butterfly  on February 28th, 2010

I actually thought you’d joined the party when I saw the first photo….and then I read through….well done. They look yummy

Faith  on February 28th, 2010

Sweet potato gnocchi sounds delicious! I love how this is a sweet version of gnocchi (which I’ve never had) — I would love to try it!

pierre  on February 28th, 2010

hi Mary so nice to create gnocchi out of sweet potato !! great job
cheers from Paris Pierre

Mary  on February 28th, 2010

@Kitchen Butterfly - Thanks very much! Yes, I should have joined the gnocchi party. I was too carried away by all the wonderful Chinese New Year parties! :P

@Faith - I really like this one. Have fun trying :D

@Pierre - Thanks very much, Pierre! :D

Sig  on February 28th, 2010

Yum! I love sweet potatoes… and coconut cream. This is my kinda dessert.

Mimi  on February 28th, 2010

What gorgeous color! I love sweet potatoes but I haven’t had them made as gnocchi, these look fantastic.

Chaya  on February 28th, 2010

Mary, these are stunning and I can only imagine how good they taste.

Anna  on February 28th, 2010

That is very interesting, I would never think of make a dessert with gnocchi, but it looks delicious. :-)

Trisha  on February 28th, 2010

Wow! This is fantastic! I love the almost-molasses taste of palm sugar and of course - condensed milk! Can’t go wrong with that!

Kristi Rimkus  on February 28th, 2010

I’m such a fan of sweet potato. I love that you’ve made gnocchi healthier using sweet potato and the color is terrific!

jenn  on March 1st, 2010

wow - i didn’t know you can make your own condensed milk! (But then again, I live in my own little bubble). These sweet potato gnocchi sound so yummy!! I love sweet potato… mmmmmmm :)

Mary  on March 1st, 2010

@Sig - Great to find another wseet potato fan :D

@Mimi - This one is delicious if you like chewy desserts. Give a try. Fun to make too :D

@Chaya - Thanks very much! They taste very good….yum :D

@Anna - Thanks very much, Anna. I’m happy that they come out colourful and delicious as a dessert :D

@Trisha - Thanks very much, Trisha! :D

@Kristi Rimkus - Yeah…great to find another sweet potato fan :D

@jenn - That was quite a wonderful discovery :D Yeah….great to know you like sweet potato too!

riina sebastian  on September 6th, 2011

Hi Mary,

My S.I.L brought back kilos of sweet potato coz her parent grown it at their village. My mom have no idea what to do with it. So when i look at your recipes it gave me an idea to make ’seri muka’ using your sweet potato jam.

Thank you so much

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