Baked Caramelized Sweet Potatoes {Praline Yams}


I have not quite figured out what I want to call them yet.

Partially because they are called so many things:

Praline Yams
Praline Sweet Potatoes
Candied Yams
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Caramelized Yams
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

In the USA for some odd reasons we call sweet potatoes "yams", and I never have quite figured out why.

Nevertheless, regardless of what they are called, what I know for sure is they are sweet, the most beautiful orange hue, and full of flavor even before they are "candied" or "caramelized"- perfect to serve on any holiday no... actually, any day!

I worked hard to make up an excellent recipe for these and that is why I am excited.

I found these to be the best candied yams - no - caramelized sweet potatoes I have ever made, and I hope you really really love them!

Ingredients:

4 medium large sweet potatoes, peeled, cut, and boiled
1/2 cup vegan butter
2/3 c brown sugar
1/3 cup water (edit: I have decreased the amount of water in this recipe to 1/3 from 2/3 cup...so picture is not exactly accurate anymore...go with 1/3 cup :)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup pecan halves

Directions:

Wash, peel, cut (into about 1/2 inch thick circular pieces), and boil in a full pot of water (I use an 8 qt stock pot) the sweet potatoes until they are tender (not totally soft). This takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

While this is being done, take out a medium sauce pan, and heat it on medium heat.

Add butter, brown sugar, water, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, maple, and pecans to sauce pot, and mix in well until it forms a sauce. Once it forms a sauce, remove from heat.

Next, when the potatoes are tender, turn off stove and remove the sweet potatoes carefully from water.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

Retrieve a 9x13 baking dish, and place the yams carefully into the pan.

Evenly pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes now, and bake until pecans take on a more dark brown tint and sauce becomes more sticky onto the sweet potatoes. This takes about 20 minutes or so.

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