Habichuelas con dulce: Bobby Carey
1 lb packaged red beans
1 cup water divided into 2 parts
1 1/2 can evaporated milk
1/2 can coconut milk
1/2 can condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter
4 or 5 small cinnamon sticks
8 sweet cloves
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup sugar + 1 to 3 tablespoons more (in case you need them)
1 lb sweet potatoes or batata, in spanish, cut into small cubes (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Small milk cookies to decorate (optional)
A tip that I learned from Mami is to put my beans in water since the night before. That way they are soft and tender at cooking time.
Boil the beans in a pot on medium high heat with enough water until they are completely soft. Add water if they dry while cooking. Remove from the heat and let them cool down.
Pour half of the beans with their liquid into the blender. Add 1/2 cup water and blend.
When finished, strain them and throw the residues to the garbage. Now repeat these steps with the remaining beans.
After straining, they are going to be nice and smooth. One of the most important tips to remember when cooking habichuelas condulce or sweet creamed beans is to use a stainless steel pot or a pot with a thick bottom to avoid smoky flavor.
Cook the beans on medium heat and add the rest of the ingredients in the same order of the list, except the raisins and the cookies. They are optional, so if you like them, go ahead and add them at serving time.
Stir your beans well while you’re adding the ingredients to avoid any sticking. Besides it helps to maintain their creamy texture.
After adding the 1/2 cup of sugar stir for 30 seconds and taste with a clean tablespoon. If they are sweet enough for you, don’t add anymore sugar. But if not, carefully add 1, 2 or 3 tablespoons of sugar and stir. The important matter is that yourhabichuelas con dulce don’t taste too sweet.
Cook stirring constantly for 20 minutes or until they slightly thickened and the sweet potatoes are soft. Turn off the heat and let cool down for a few minutes. Now you can serve your delicious sweet creamed beans.