I am telling you this so all forgive me for cheating in my latest experiment and intentionally leaving out the sugar. Not only did I know that I wouldn't like it with extra sugar added but also I wanted to feed it my children for dinner and they don't need any more sugar in their diet.
So, buttered sweet potato, another recipe from the ever reliable Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book. By 1604, the date at the start of her book, the potato had arrived in Britain but it was the sweet potato that people were eating. Elinor suggests that this mix of potato, sugar, orange peel, orange juice, butter and rosewater can either be boiled or baked in a pie crust. I baked mine in a dish (not having time for pastry making today).
I have to say that this tasted lovely. Not only will it be making a star appearance at my Forty Hall demonstration but will also be finding its way into our family menus as well. The orange flavour worked so well with the sweet potato although I am not sure that I could taste the rosewater. It is easy too, just needs a bit of planning. Could easily be made in advance and reheated.
And as to the sugar? Well, I think I will be making a version with sugar and serving it as a pudding in a sweet pastry case, topped with cream.