Candied Yams


4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces 1 1⁄2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons lemon zest 1⁄2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, flour, zest and salt in a medium bowl. Place a layer of potatoes in 13x9x2” glass baking dish. Generously sprinkle sugar mixture over sweet potatoes and pour 2 tablespoons butter over sugar mixture. Continue the process until there are about 4-5 layers. Completely cover dish with foil.

Bake for 50 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until potatoes are tender and syrup thickens (basting occasionally), about 20 minutes.

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