Candied Yams 2

1 pound unsalted butter
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 unpeeled orange, sliced and seeded (stem slice discarded)
2/3 unpeeled lemon, sliced and seeded (stem slice discarded)
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground mace

Heat the butter in a 4-quart saucepan over high heat; when about half melted, add the remaining ingredients. Stir, cover and cook over high heat until mixture comes to a strong boil, about 10 minutes. Stir, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Remove cover and continue cooking until sweet potatoes are very tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon sticks. Serve immediately, undrained.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana