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Dad’s Sweet Potato Pie

Dad’s Sweet Potato Pie.

As a little boy, I remember my father purchasing what I thought was an enormous amount of sweet potatoes the same time every year.  This is how I knew it was time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  Dad had many many friends who asked him to make his pies for them during the holidays.  So his pies were part of these families’ holiday tradition as well.  The interesting thing about Dad making the pies is I don’t recall him every using a measuring cup.  Before he passed away in 1997 he visited me from Cleveland and we asked him to make a few pies for us.  As he did, I documented the ingredients and the process. I hope you give the recipe a try and that it brings joy to you and your family as it did for me when I was little and still does to this day.

Happy Holidays

5 lbs of sweet potatoes
4 cups of sugar (I suggest that you reduce this.  Dad was diabetic in his later years.  So 2.5 cups should be fine.)
1 stick of unsalted butter
¼ cup of flour
½ cup of milk
1 TBS of cinnamon
1 TBS of Nutmeg
2 large eggs
Dash of salt
2 TBS of vegetable oil
4 or 5 regular “Ready Made” frozen pie crust. (Prebake the pie crust according to the package instructions)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Rub the sweet potatoes with the vegetable oil and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake sweet Potatoes for 40 – 45 minutes at 400 degrees or until a fork goes in easily.  Let the potatoes cool enough to handle but you still want them warm.  Peel the potatoes. (You should be able to pull away the skin with your hand easily)
In a large mixing bowl, add the peeled baked potatoes, sugar and butter and mix with a stand or hand mixer until ingredients start to incorporate.  Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and eggs and continue to mix.  Add the milk and about half the flour.  The mixture should be rather think but still pourable (I made a new word) If it’s too think add more flour until it’s the right consistency.
Pour the Sweet Potato filling into the prebaked pie crust.   Bake at 400 degrees for about 30- 35 minutes or until the top starts to brown.  Let cool to room temperature and serve.  Makes about 4 to 5 pies.  Sorry dad didn’t know how to cook small.

November 10, 2010 - Posted by | Let's Talk About Food, Thanksgining 2010 | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

    Comment by me | December 1, 2010 | Reply

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