With fall in full swing and Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I'd share this recipe from my mother-in-law that she made for our meal of thanks last year. She remembered her mother making something similar growing up, so I helped her track down a few recipes to work from and this was the result. They were delicious and I'd say it will be hard not to make them again myself this year!
3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
2 eggs, lightly beatenve
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened, divided
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
mini marshmallows, optional for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Prepare oranges by cutting each orange in half. Spoon out the flesh, leaving a shell.
In a large bowl combine sweet potatoes, sugar, orange juice, eggs, vanilla extract, 1/2 cup butter and grated orange peel. Spoon mixture into orange shells. Place in a deep casserole dish.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Cook until sugar dissolves in melted butter. Spoon over oranges. Fill casserole dish with water about 1/4 inch deep.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. If you want to add the marshmallows on top, sprinkle a few on each orange at the very end and broil quickly. They will cook fast and burn quickly if you're not careful, so keep an eye on them.
I am the wife of an amazing man, mother of three precious children, and enjoy filling our home with good food for all to enjoy! I love trying new recipes and am especially excited when I find something packed with whole foods that everyone loves. I try to be aware of the nutritional value of what we eat, but won't shy away from a good dessert every now and then. I hope you enjoy this site and find a few new things to try out for yourself. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!