Berry Mallow Yam Bake Recipe
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Berry Mallow Yam Bake Recipe

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My Yam Bake has become a holiday tradition in our family. The blend of cranberries and sweet potatoes in this recipe results in a very pretty appearance—and a unique taste. I grew up on a small Arkansas farm in the foothills of the Ozarks. Both my mother and father are excellent cooks, and I've been cooking since I was a little girl. In fact, my husband teases me that I read cookbooks like some other people read novels!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) sweet potatoes, drained and liquid reserved
  • Miniature marshmallows, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 243 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Set aside. Sprinkle cranberries with sugar.
  2. In a 2-qt. baking dish, layer half the yams, half of cranberry mixture and half of crumb mixture. Repeat layers. Pour reserved yam liquid over all.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until heated through. If desired, place several rings of marshmallows around the outer edge of baking dish. Bake just until marshmallows are puffed and lightly browned. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Berry Mallow Yam Bake in Country Woman September/October 1990, p29

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"I've made this recipe multiple times, as it quickly became a family favorite during the holidays, and everyone who tries it wants the recipe. I'm moving away from canned yams to fresh ones; the last time I did that, no one noticed the difference. Marshmallows are a MUST to my family, and I always triple it, because it's even better the second day."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"This has been a family favorite for years since my friend, Yvonne, brought it to my house."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"The combination of yam and Cranberry is excellant! I like both,just didn't know about all in one dish.I feel it is unnecessary to layer it.I added 1 tsp. cinnamon additionally around the yam's.could of used more! Yam's,cranberries and cinnamon are now a trio in this house and won't be broken again!! My guest's kept going back for it. Although it is quite sweet,and marshmallow's were at a minimum,but shouldn't be omitted. We would consider this a dessert instead of a side dish...Thank you for submitting this. A new and delightful favorite!!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"My husband doesn't usually like sweet potatoes, but after one bite of this dish he loved it. No more plain candied yams for me, this is the way to go!"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"I agree that this does need more sweet potatoes in order to make it a side dish. As is, it's more of a dessert. Delicious either way! Definitely a keeper."

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