I'm currently gallivanting around Aroostook county enjoying the Maine Potato Blossom Festival and learning all about this incredible part of the state. I thought it would only be appropriate that this week's Fresh Baked Friday feature a delicious potato recipe.
I could have chosen baked potatoes, fries, mashed potatoes or potato salad. But instead I found a recipe for potato candy and decide to give it the ol' Kylie remix.
Maine potato candy, more commonly known as Needhams, are tasty coconut treats created with cold mashed potatoes. I decided to add a little bit more of Maine's well-known produce to this dessert with my homemade blueberry syrup.
I hope you enjoy my spin on a old-fashioned Maine treat.
Blueberry Potato Candy
4 cups powdered sugar
4 cups flaked coconut, sweetened
3/4 cup cold mashed potatoes (no butter or milk added)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup blueberries, cleaned
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup water
1lb dark chocolate
1 tbsp shortening
- Combine sugar, coconut, mashed potatoes, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. You may need to employ your hands to get the mixture completely combined. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, agave nectar and water over medium-high heat until it boils. Reduce heat and simmer while stirring for about 3 minutes until the mixture is deep purple in color and the blueberries are soft.
- Pour cooled blueberry mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add 1/4 cup of the blueberry syrup to the coconut mixture and stir to completely combine ingredients.
- Pour mixture into 9" by 9" pan lined with foil. Allow to chill for several hours. Overnight in the freezer is best.
- When coconut is fully chilled, slice into 2" by 2" sections. (I wanted mine to be more like truffles so I rolled them into balls.)
- Melt dark chocolate and shortening in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring often.
- Once chocolate is smooth, dip coconut squares or balls into the chocolate with a fork and coat evenly. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and chill until chocolate is hardened.
You'll have a bit of blueberry syrup leftover with this recipe. Put it in a jar and save it for pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt or even milk.
What are some of your favorite recipes using potatoes?