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This is a recipe from The Natural Epicurean. I tried it the other night, and our knees got wobbly because it was so unbelievably delicious. I used the least amount of sweetener called for in the recipe, and it still was succulently sweet.

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE WITH MAPLE PECAN TOPPING
by Dawn Pallavi Serves: 8–10

When making my Thanksgiving menu, I can’t forget the Sweet Potato
Casserole. This traditional Thanksgiving dish is a favorite that you can
make more or less sweet depending on the amount of sweetener you use. I
find that for my taste, the casserole is sweet enough without the extra
barley malt. If you are cooking for family or friends who are used to a
lot of brown sugar, follow the recipe exactly, and you may even want to
double the pecans for the topping. This is a recipe that even my
meat-eating relatives ask me to bring for our annual family Thanksgiving
feast.

— Filling —
4 organic yams or sweet potatoes
1 cup spring or filtered water
1 pinch unrefined sea salt, SI brand recommended
3/4 cup organic barley malt or agave nectar
(optional for a sweeter casserole)
2 tablespoons organic kuzu, dissolved in the apple juice
3 tablespoons organic apple juice
zest of 1 organic orange or tangerine
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
.
— Topping —
1 cup whole organic pecans
1/4–1/2 cup organic maple syrup

Directions
Filling
Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch squares. Bring to
a boil in spring water with sea salt, turn flame to medium low, and cook
until tender. Place cooked sweet potatoes in a blender or food
processor, or mash with a potato masher. Dissolve the kuzu in room
temperature apple juice. Add dissolved kuzu, barley malt (if desired),
and blend until smooth. Stir in orange zest, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour
mixture into casserole dish.

Topping
Prepare topping by mixing pecans and maple syrup together in a bowl.
Pour over casserole or arrange pecan halves on top of the casserole and
bake at 375° F for 1 hour.

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