Aunt Billie's Candied Sweet Potatoes

This wonderful holiday recipe brings back many memories of Aunt Billie and her meticulous way of making these. We were never allowed to test the potatoes with a fork, only a cake tester. Everything had to be done perfectly. This recipe makes any amount. Adjust the syrup ingredients as necessary.

Boil unpeeled, whole sweet potatoes until soft when poked with a fork.  Make a syrup of 1 cup dark brown sugar and 1/3 cup water; boil until syrupy.  When soft, peel potatoes carefully, cut in half lengthwise, dip each one in the syrup and place in a cake pan.  Put a dollop of butter on each and pour the leftover syrup over the potatoes.  Lightly salt and pepper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, turning carefully half way through.