My yuca hopes

I hope I’ve tantalized your tastes buds with my previous posts about this lovely root. #1, #2
I hope it has made you curious enough to go forth and find some in your grocery store or market.
I hope you’ve scoured the web looking for more yuca recipes.
I hope you are ecstatic to find out it works for desserts too.
Those are a few of my hopes where yuca is concerned. Well, no. I really REALLY hope you’ll give it a try. Really.

Now, let’s talk about Enyucado, or as any good Panamanian would say it ‘Enyucao’. I’m not sure I’ll be able to adequately describe the delicious piece of earthly goodness. As I mentioned, it is a dessert. It has yuca and coconut and butter. Not just butter, but buttah! It is sweet and gooey. See, yuca is very starchy. In fact, its starch is used to make tapioca, I think that starchiness contributes to the gooeyness of the dessert. Then the buttah and sugar make the edges caramelize and it all becomes a mess of sticky goodness.

For the Enyucado, the yuca and coconut are shredded, which means there’s a bit of effort that goes into the dessert, but that is it. Once you have that part taken care of, the rest is a zinch. I promise. And it is oh so good!

Enyucado (Yuca Cake)

2 cps yuca, shredded
2 cps fresh coconut, shredded
1-1/2 cps sugar
1/2 cp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cp raisins
2 tbsp anise liqueur or extract (I used Galliano)

Preheat oven to 350° and generously butter a 9×13 baking pan; set aside. Combine all the ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved and everything is well incorporated. Pour into the baking pan and pop it in the oven. It will bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Allow it to cool before slicing into squares. For more shots, check out the set here, and to figure out how to shell a coconut, click here.

Cookingly yours,


8 thoughts on “My yuca hopes

  1. OMG! This reminds me of the yuca flan I had many years ago in Brazil. I am sure this was delicioso and when I get back from San Fran…will make mine.

    Mandame un pedacito. Hoy the mando la tostonera.

    • Vivian says:

      Do you have a Whole Foods? I was surprised to find it at the Whole Foods here in Hawai’i but I’m just happy I know where to easily find it!

      • Really? At WF?!! That is what I call progress. To be honest, I’ve never looked there for yuca, but I have it pretty readily available here in Houston. I will check next time I’m there.

  2. marcelina says:

    Oh, I just picked up some yuca at the market yesterday, planning on cooking it tomorrow. I may have to try making enjucao. Never made it, but I love, love, love it. Gracias!!!

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