Maple & Pecan Baked Yams (Sweet Potatoes) Recipe

7864This is another one of those Autumn recipes that we seem to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas regularly and gets rave reviews from family and friends. It’s a fairly simple recipe and is a great way to enjoy yams with a bit of flair.

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  • 4 lbs yams, peeled and cubed (1/4 inch)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup butter, cold (divided in half)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Pre-heat to 400 F.
  2. Coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large pot bring water with about 1 tablespoon salt to a full boil.
  4. Add yams and bring back to a boil, cook  for about 5 minutes, drain and rinse under cold water, patting dry with paper towel.
  5. Place yams in the baking dish, Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Pour maple syrup over yams and using half the butter place portions evenly over top.
  7. Cover with foil, and bake approx. 25-30 min. until yams are nearly tender.
  8. In a small bowl combine flour and brown sugar, add remaining butter mixing with fingers until it resembles crumbs, mix in pecans.
  9. Remove yams from oven and sprinkle the pecan mixture evenly over top.
  10. Return to oven (uncovered) to bake for another 20 minutes.

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