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- An 8 oz. package of dried apricots
- Two 16 oz. cans whole yams or sweet potatoes, drained (although we use 4 cups of chopped up fresh, peeled yams)
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed to measure
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter or margarine
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 teaspoons fresh-grated lemon peel
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- If using fresh yams: about 1 large yam or 2 medium yams will work. Peel them. Chop them into small pieces (exact size and shape doesn't matter). Measure about 4 cups worth. Microwave them for approx. 8 minutes, until they are tender.
- In a one and a half quart saucepan, simmer apricots in 2 cups water for 10 minutes or until soft. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
- Arrange yams in a single layer in a shallow baking dish (9 x 13 is good). Top with apricots and pecans.
- Put reserved cooking liquid and remaining ingredients in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan (can use the same one used to cook the apricots) and stir over moderately high heat until boiling. Simmer 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened. Pour over yams, apricots, and pecans.
- Put into preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes, until sauce is bubbling and pecans are browned.
Note: The measurements of the apricots, pecans, and yams don't have to be exact. You can adjust to taste. Lately we have been using 2 cups of apricots (a little over half of a 16 oz package) and 1 1/2 cups of pecans. We also tend to not measure the 4 cups of chopped yams any more; we just pick up two medium sized yams and use them both. Also, the recipe says that it serves 10; however, I find the number of people it serves is really variable depending on how much each person takes.
Tip: This dish is not necessarily a healthy dish, it has brown sugar and butter. But it is a delicious recipe to have as a side dish or dessert. Eat in moderation. Do not plan on including it as part of an everyday meal. Consider it a treat that you have only from time to time.