Sweeter than Sweet Potato Pie

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"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. 
Ingredients:
Dough:
2 cups flour
1/4 cup of Crisco 
teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of  baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
About 1/2-2/3 hot water 

Fillin:
2 sweet potatoes
stick of butter
2 eggs
3 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of carnation condensed milk.


Directions:
First bake the sweet potatoes on a bakin' sheet at 350 until they are cooked/soft. Took mine a little over and hour but it will depend on how big your potatoes are.

Second we will make the dough. 

1. Mix the flour with the baking soda, baking powder and salt.
2. Fork the Crisco shortening in.
Once everything is worked in mix with your hands until it becomes the consistency of corn meal.  
3. Slowly add the hot water.
4. Mix with a wooden spoon and then your hands until the dough looks and feels like pie dough
5. Place a damp towel over the bowl and let it sit for 20 minutes on the counter.

Now we will do the pie fillin'.

1. Mix the final ingredients: Mash the sweet potatoes like you would if you were makin' mashed potatoes.
2. Now mix in the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and milk. You want the mixture to be fully and not runny. You be the judge and if need be add more sugar and eggs.
3. Once you have made the fillin' you are ready to add it to you pie and bake. Take the dough you made and roll it out. Put in a greased pan and wah lah.
4. Bake at 350 degrees until done. This will depend on your oven. You will want to check from time to time but not so much that you make your oven loose heat. You will know it's done cause when you stick a fork or toothpick in the center it comes out clean. Took mine a little over an hour to bake.

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21 comments

  1. I've never actually tried Potatoe Pie, but this sounds amazing!!! I might have to try! And I totally agree pie is nothing without an awesome crust! Wise words!

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  2. omg that looks so delicious!! :)

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  3. Agreed, only as good as the crust! I only started making my own dough this year. It was a world of difference. yum! I've never had sweet potato pie though. I can get behind pumpkin pie though. Yum.

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  4. Your Grandma sounds so fun! And I'm with her... if the crust on anything is bad, it doesn't matter what's on top or inside.

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  5. YUM! The ball and chain would LOVE this! :)

    http://neatly-packaged.com/

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  6. I love sweet potato pie!! The crust is always my favorite part!!

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  7. So, this year is the first year I'm having Thanksgiving at my house and I'm definitely using your recipe! I have already decided to make chocolate dream dessert, but I like variety, so I'm definitely going to use your recipe as well. :) Thank you for posting this!

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  8. BEAUTIFUL pie! I'm new to baking, but I've been enjoying it, so I may try this for Thanksgiving! Wish me luck. :)

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  9. So, I've never tried sweet potato pie, but I'm definitely going to now! Writing this recipe down! Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I've been debating what kind of pie I want to make this year. I think you have me sold! Sweet potato pie is so good!

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  11. I've never tried sweet potato pie, but the sweet potato dish I make every year keeps turning out bad this past few years, so maybe it's time to try a new sweet potato recipe! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  12. 1st. this pie looks delicious. please note that i will be bringing this to thanksgiving this year!
    2nd. that granny of you is one smart cookie - i agree that a good pie is all about the crust.

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  13. Thank God there aren't actually 6 cups of sugar. Eesh!

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  14. I am making a sweet potato pie for the first time this year. I have my mother's recipe and she will be watching me!

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  15. i have never made pie in my life..yet. i think crust makes all the difference too.

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  16. Mmmm! I've never had sweet potato pie but this sounds amazing and looks easy to make! Thanks for sharing :)

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  17. I haven't had sweet potato pie in years! Thanks for the recipe!

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  18. OOH! I love sweet potato pie! I'd forgotten about it! Thanks for the delicious reminder :)

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