Miss C's Candied Yams

Prep Time: 2 and 1/2 Hours
6–8 Servings


I remember first tasting this recipe at a soul restaurant on Airline Highway in North Baton Rouge called "The Table is Bread." Especially interesting was Miss C's unique preparation of these candied yams using only four ingredients.


6 large yams, peeled and sliced ¼-inch diagonal

3 and 1/2 cups sugar, divided

1/4 pound butter

1/4 cup pure vanilla extract

pinch cinnamon (optional)

pinch nutmeg (optional)


Yams should be sliced about the same size so they cook uniformly. Place yams in a large Dutch oven, add 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar and cover with cold water by 1/4 inch. Over medium-high heat, bring yams to a boil and cook 5–7 minutes, do not overcook. In a colander, drain yams and return to pot. Add butter, remaining sugar and vanilla. Place pot over medium-high heat, allowing the butter, vanilla and sugar to melt. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until yams are candied and tender, approximately 10 minutes. If desired, you may add a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Remove from heat and allow yams to remain in hot syrup a minimum of 2 hours prior to serving. When ready to serve, return pot to the stove and reheat then place in a decorative serving dish.