"Aleshea, you listenin'?" "Yes, ma'am, I replied back to my Grandmad over the phone. "I don't care how good a pie fillin' you got. Your pie is only as good as your crust. Your pie ain't no good if you got a bad crust. Crust makes the pie. Make sure you bake it on a baking sheet. That's my secret to a good crust", she went on. "And ya know back in the day we didn't have recipes when it was passed down to me. We just got in the kitchen and did. We tasted everything and kept addin' until we liked it." Make a mental note I told myself.
“I feel like we put six cups of sugar in that fillin.”
“No, we didn’t put that much did we?’
“Gurrrl, your Grandma’s Sweet Potato Pie recipe takes A LOT of sugar.”
Ya, see we were sittin’ and waitin’ for the Junior League meetin’ to start tryin’ to remember the recipe. Neither wanted to be the one to call my Granny and ask. She would ramble our ear off. Especially since she had already called us more than once to make sure we got it. We repeated it back to her more than once. She would be pleased. She had even called me afterwards to see how everythin’ fared.
I had made Sweet Potato Pie for the church bake sale. Since I had fillin’ left I’d decided the rest would be for Thanksgiving.
Remember you don’t have to be scared of homemade. I guess It’s the Southern in me. But I like to think there’s a little Southern in us all. It’s not about where you live but how you live.
2 cups flour
1/4 cup of Crisco1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
About 1/2-2/3 hot water
2 sweet potatoes
stick of butter
3 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of carnation condensed milk.