West Philadelphia’s Milk and Honey Market is a bastion of local, seasonal fare. Annie Baum-Stein and Mauro Daigle, the husband-and-wife-team behind this neighborhood gem, wanted to create a place where their neighbors could have consistent access to locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses.
Below is Milk and Honey’s take on everyone’s favorite, sweet potatoes, coating them in Urban Apiaries Honey and a little whiskey. Urban Apiaries is a side project between Annie and bee keeper, Trey Flemming. They manage beehives across the city and bottle the honey according to zip code (pictured above). Aside from Milk and Honey, Urban Apairies Honey can be found at the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal and Green Aisle Grocery in South Philly.
Candied Local Sweet Potatoes with Urban Apiaries Honey
1/4 Cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 Cup Urban Apiaries Honey
2 Tablespoons Scotch whiskey (or fresh lemon juice if you prefer)
2 Tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
3 lbs Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (yams), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
3/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter 2-quart casserole dish and set aside.
In small saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, Urban Apiaries honey, whiskey and sugar. Bring to a simmer, whisk until butter and sugar are melted, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn.
In a large bowl, toss potatoes with butter mixture, salt, and pepper. Transfer to prepared dish and bake, stirring occasionally, until tender and glazed, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.