Five years ago my father gave me my grandmothers recipe box. It's an old tin coffee can. I remember it sitting up on a shelf just out of my reach, while I was growing up. My heart thrilled as I read recipes in her hand writing, and then I came across this one. It's light and fluffy sweet potatoes, without being too sweet. She used to serve it every Thanksgiving and Christmas, until she passed away in '87. For 20 years, we didn't have this wonderful side dish, until I suprised the family with it five years ago. Now it's like having a hug from Mamaw every holiday!!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 2 quart souffle dish. Sprinkle dish with 1 tablespoon white sugar, shaking dish to evenly coat bottom and sides.
In a large bowl mix the sweet potatoes, adding the butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, eggs, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Stir until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared souffle dish.
Bake the sweet potato mixture in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue bakeing the sweet potato mixture until edges are slightly browned, about 40 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature.