Habichuelas con Dulce (Sweet Cream of Beans)


4 cups soft-boiled red kidney beans (or cranberry or pinto beans)

6 cups water from boiling the beans

2 cups coconut milk

3 cups evaporated milk

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cinnamon sticks

10 cloves

1/2 lb sweet potatoes (batata) [0.24 kg], cut into small cubes

1/2 cup raisins (totally optional)

To garnish

8 pieces cassava bread (casabe), may be omitted

1 cup milk cookies

The bread is not part of the ingredients 😜

Put the beans (and the water in which they boiled) in a blender and puree. Strain the beans to get rid of the skins and undissolved solids.


Pour the beans, coconut milk, evaporated milk, salt, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and sweet potatoes and simmer over very low heat until the sweet potatoes are cooked through. Stir regularly to avoid sticking.

(don’t worry that it may look too thin, the cream of beans will get much thicker when chilled). Remove the cinnamon sticks (and cloves, if you like). Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Chill before serving.

Serve the beans with the cassava on the side. Put cookies in the beans when you serve.

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