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Soet Patats: a delectable South African sweet potato dish with Amarula

By May 24, 2024FinGlobal

Soet Patats: a delectable South African sweet potato dish with Amarula

May 24, 2024


If you’re looking for a unique and flavorful sweet potato recipe, look no further than Bosveld Patats, a traditional South African dish that combines the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with cream and brown sugar. This recipe takes it a step further by incorporating Amarula, a creamy liqueur made from the fruit of the African marula tree, adding a delightful twist to this classic “soet patats resep” (sweet potato recipe).

History of Marula in South Africa

The marula tree, also known as Sclerocarya birrea, is native to the southern and eastern regions of Africa. It has been an important part of African culture for centuries, with many indigenous tribes using the fruit for food and drink. In South Africa, the marula tree holds a special significance as it is known as the “marriage tree” because of its ability to bear fruit all year round, making it a symbol of fertility.

The rise of Amarula

In 1983, two entrepreneurs from South Africa discovered the potential of marula fruit and developed a unique cream liqueur using it. This liqueur, named Amarula, quickly gained popularity in South Africa and became a symbol of the country’s unique flavors and culture.

The perfect marriage: sweet potatoes and Amarula

Combining sweet potatoes with Amarula is a match made in heaven. The creamy liqueur adds a rich, luxurious flavor to the already delicious sweet potatoes, creating a silky smooth texture that will leave you craving for more. The natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes also pairs perfectly with the caramel notes of the Amarula, making it a truly irresistible dish.


  • 1 kg sweet potatoes
  • 125 ml cream
  • 60 ml butter
  • 80 ml brown sugar
  • 50 ml Amarula liqueur
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Remove the skin from the sweet potatoes and slice them into pieces that are 2 cm in thickness.
  3. Arrange the sweet potato slices in a greased ovenproof dish.
  4. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. In a saucepan, heat the cream, butter, and brown sugar until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is hot.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the Amarula liqueur.
  7. Pour the creamy Amarula mixture over the sweet potatoes.
  8. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid.

Serving suggestions

These brown sugar sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish for any meal, particularly alongside grilled meats like steak, lamb, or boerewors. The dish’s rich, creamy texture and sweet flavor profile make it a comforting and indulgent addition to any dinner table.


While this recipe calls for Amarula, you can easily substitute it with another cream liqueur or omit it altogether for an alcohol-free version. For a vegan-friendly option, replace the cream with coconut cream and use a plant-based butter alternative.


Bosveld Patats with Amarula is a delicious and easy-to-make sweet potato dish that showcases the best of South African cuisine. The combination of tender sweet potatoes, rich cream, brown sugar, and the unique flavor of Amarula creates a genuinely irresistible side dish that will have your guests coming back for seconds. Give this “soet patats resep” a try, and experience the warm, comforting flavors of South Africa in your own home.

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