Hmmm I am sensing a theme here. The holiday's...well yes, of course! What would the other one be....hhmmmm.....aahhh yes, RUM!! Seriously though, I am not hooked on rum. I do love the way it tastes in certain foods and around the holidays it just seems to come out in abundance, rum soaked cakes, cupcakes, balls, so it isn't just me!
Actually this recipe was taken from one that used bourbon, but it was just too bitter for me. Plus I liked some of the aspects of the old family recipe. So I smooshed them together and WALA made one awesome recipe! Don't take my word for it, ask the family. They get excited for the holidays because I make them. This year I played around with the idea of NOT making them. WOW you should have seen the looks on their faces. You would have thought I told them we were eating road kill or something. OK that was dramatic I know, but pretty much sums up the looks I got.
I have made this recipe with yams as well as sweet potatoes, and you are more than welcome to substitute them. However, with trying to make things a bit healthier I chose sweet potatoes because they are lower in calories and have a lower glycemic load. I also reduce the amount of marshmallows I use. I wanted to try it with out them completely but the family threatened to boycott Thanksgiving if I did!!
- 8 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8ths
- 3 cups light brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup rum
- 1 stick butter, cut into pieces