Juices add exotic touch to candied sweet potatoes

Recipe Finder

September 16, 1998|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Ann Bailey of Pasadena asked for a "recipe for sweet potatoes in a syrup that makes them sticky." Her answer came from John J. Krawczyk of Las Cruces, N.M., who enjoys recipes and says he has hundreds of cookbooks.

Krawczyk's Candied Sweet Potatoes

Makes 8-10 servings

6 medium sweet potatoes (about 4 1/2 pounds)

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 cup pineapple juice

1/3 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons orange juice

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cook sweet potatoes in boiling water for 20-25 minutes or until fork-tender. Let cool to touch. Peel and cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Set aside.

Combine brown sugar and next 5 ingredients in a saucepan; stir in pineapple juice, corn syrup, orange juice and butter. Cook over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place half of sweet potatoes in a lightly greased 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish. Pour half of sugar mixture over sweet potatoes; repeat layers. Sprinkle with pecans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "Very gooey and rich, this is a classic-tasting sweet potato dish. The brown sugar and spices impart an almost gingerbready taste to the potatoes, while the orange and pineapple juices lend it a little exotic interest. I cooked it about 35 minutes before the syrup really started to thicken and caramelize."

Recipe requests

* Susan E. Thompson of Ruxton wants to duplicate the appetizer called shrimp Opperngalleran that she had at Peerce's Plantation. "It disappeared from the menu when Chef Josef left and I have tried to duplicate it with no reasonable success. I've probably misspelled the name of it but it's close enough," she says.

* Gail Hopfer of Windber, Pa., writes that she has been trying to find "the original marshmallow candy recipe made from the marsh mallow (althea) root. Although this root is available in herb shops, no one seems to know of the candy recipe."

* Norma E. Edens of New Windsor is seeking a recipe called ice cream pudding. "They sell this dessert at the Pennsylvania Dutch Market in Westminster," she writes. "Can you help?"

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278. Letters may be edited for clarity.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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