I have tried to make something similar for years, but it just never turned out the way I remembered it as a child. When I bought the recipe book Seasonal Menus by Annette Human, many years ago, this was one of the first recipes which caught my eye and as they say – there was no stopping me from thereon.
Best Sweet Potatoes Ever
8 – 10 Side portions
6 TB Butter
2 TB Vegetable Oil
1 kg Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed (just over 2 pounds)
3/4 cup Water
1 cup Soft Brown Sugar (I always use Muscovado for this dish)
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 TB Golden Syrup (Treacle or Maple Syrup as an alternative)
1/2 t Ground Cinnamon
1/2 t Salt
1.) Melt the Butter in a large pot – add the Oil and mix.
2.) Add the Sweet Potatoes, Water, Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Syrup, Cinnamon and Salt to the pot – gentle stir-through and cover.
3.) Simmer over low heat for 2 hours – shake the pot now and then, but do not stir.
4.) Once the Sweet Potatoes are soft and very syrup-py, it is ready.
Serve as a side dish to just about any meal.
ps; I have had it cold with whipped cream a few times and loved it! So, you might even want to serve this as a dessert 😉