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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.05 / 5 (22 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
15 min
Makes 6 pancakes

Gary Rhodes and Ezekial Jackson make sweet potato and coconut wraps from Antigua. Try pairing them with pineapple salad for a stunning dessert


1. Mix the sweet potato, coconut, flour, sugar and spices in a large bowl. Stir in the butter to make a sticky paste.

2. Lay out a piece of tin foil on a work surface and tip enough mixture to make a rectangle about 5cm by 3cm, and 2cm high. Wrap the tin foil around it to create a sealed packet. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

3. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Carefully drop the ducana parcels into the water and cook for 15 minutes.

4. Remove from the pan and unwrap before serving.


Tips and suggestions

ducana is a perfect match for pineapple salad. It’s a good idea to drizzle over some of the syrup from the pineapple before serving.

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How do you make the ducana.solid an not fall part I boiled it for awhile but seems as taken while to harden

karenB7235 karenB7235  Posted 13 Feb 2014 5:04 AM

In Barbados they are made with pumpkin instead of the sweet potato and sometimes sultanas are added. Unless, of course, the cooked sultanas remind you of squashed flies - as they did me - so I leave them out! In Barbados they are known as 'stewed dumplings' or, as me and my brothers from 'Sarf Londun' called them 'stoopid dumplings!' If banana leaves were available they were wrapped and cooked in those. The banana leaves made them moister and nicer to eat. For ease, we also mainly used foil.

PatriciaR50880 PatriciaR50880  Posted 02 Mar 2010 8:16 PM

Like these more with cornmeal and currants and grated carrot added in. Foil is easier, when I was little, we had to do these in banana leaves and tie them with twine. In Jamaica, they call them duckonoo or blue drawers. In St.Lucia we call it paimi.

JemmaG7600 JemmaG7600  Posted 27 Feb 2010 1:44 AM