|CONKIES- another corn based delicacy that dates back to the 18th century. It is made and eaten almost exclusively during the month of November ! Originally it was made to be eaten during the old British colonial celebration of Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th; but in modern Barbados it is eaten during Independence Day celebrations -November 30th..
- 1 large dry coconut, grated
- ¾ lb grated pumpkin
- ½ lb grated sweet potato
- ¾ lb sugar
- 1 tsp spice
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp almond essence
- 4 ozs. raisins
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups corn flour or corn meal
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 ozs. melted butter or margarine
- 2 ozs. melted shortening
- 1 cup milk
- Banana or plantain leaves cut in 8 inch squares
- Mix the coconut, pumpkin, sweet potato, sugar, spices, almond essence, raisins, flour, corn flour, and salt together thoroughly. With a wooden spoon, stir in the melted butter, shortening and milk and mix until smooth.
Place 2 heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto each plantain leaf square, fold the edges to make a neat envelope and tie securely.
Steam the conkies on a rack over boiling water in a large saucepan, or in a steamer, for about 1 hour or until they are firm.
Unwrap the conkies and serve on a heated dish.