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Candied Sweet Potatoes

Sweet with maple syrup and brown sugar these are excellent. Not too sweet the beauty of the potato comes through. A really simple recipe and really tasty.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Potatoes, Sides, Vegetable Recipes
Servings 6
Calories 325 kcal


  • 1 kilo sweet potatoes Peeled and cut into 2 cm thick rounds.
  • 60 gr soft brown sugar
  • 150 ml maple syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon rind grated
  • 45 gr butter
  • 20 gr fresh ginger finely grated or 10gr dried.
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil any nutral oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 190°C or 375°F. Lightly butter the bottom of a baking dish just large enough to hold all the potatoes in one layer.
  • Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 2 cm rounds. Very large potatoes can be cut lengthwise first.
  • Add all the ingredients to the baking dish but the butter. The potatoes should fit tightly in one layer. Using your hands is the most efficient way of doing this.
  • Dot the top with the butter and bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and turn all the potatoes over and be sure all of them are well covered with the sugar syrup in the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for another 15 minutes. Test as you would for potatoes using the tip of a small pointed knife for doneness.


Sweet potatoes and yams take less time to cook than regular potatoes. They bake, boil or steam in about half the time.
Test as you would for potatoes using the tip of a small pointed knife for doneness.
The differences between a Yam and a sweet potato are; Yams come from the genus Discorea and sweet potatoes come from the genus Impomea which really makes them a different plant.
Sweet potatoes have a darker brick color and are very high in vitamin A, and have a more moist texture, while yams are colored bright orange and have almost no vitamin A and are dryer in texture.
Neither yams nor sweet potatoes store well and should be bought when needed; you can keep them in the bottom of the refrigerator if you need to keep them for a week or two. Both can be used in almost any white potato recipe. They also have the added advantage of lending themselves to being used with fruits. They are close in taste; it is the texture and vitamin content that really makes them different from one another.
Sweet potatoes are more nutritious with their high vitamin A content.


Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 148mgPotassium: 662mgFiber: 5gSugar: 32g
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