Baked Yams with Lime and Honey

Photo: Helen Rosner

Serves 6 to 8

3 large yams (about 4 pounds)
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
Juice of 4 limes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Crema, crème fraiche, or sour cream, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Wash the yams and place in a baking dish with the water. Bake until the yams are soft and the skins puffy, about 1 1/2 hours. Set aside to cool slightly (leave the oven on).

Peel the yams and place in a medium baking dish. Add the honey, butter, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Stir and mash well with a potato masher. Cover with aluminum foil and return to the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until heated through. Sprinkle the top with crema, creme fraiche, or sour cream and serve hot.

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