Monday, November 11, 2013

Scratch Sweet Potato Pie OLD SCHOOL Plus my Mother-in-Law's Scratch Pie Crust Recipe - Church PotLuck Dessert

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They do not get much old school(er) than this recipe...

The recipe has evolved from the American South during Slavery days.  A combination of the South's handy ingredients and African cooking style.  The earliest cookbooks of the day classified this as a savory side dish before more modern recipes started adding extra sugar for sweetness.

The look and the taste is very similar to Pumpkin Pie.  Personally, I prefer this to pumpkin.  It is easy to make from scratch (far easier than a pumpkin pie) and has an extra sweet/savory combination taste that is better.

And besides... Sweet Potato Pie is so much more fun to say  (imagine Paula Deen saying it with her Southern Ya'all Accent!

Makes a fantastic pie to take to any gathering, family Holiday meal or PotLuck.  If you don;t say anything, everyone will think it is the best pumpkin pie ever... Or a great conversation piece.  Everyone wants to try a slice.

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK, Here's what I did...

My Mother-in-Law's Lard Crust recipe

  • Makes 2 pie crust, or one to freeze for later and one to cut into 6 tart size
  • 3 Cups AP Flour
  • 1 Cup Lard (COLD from Refrigerator) ... Can substitute Shortening
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 tsp White Vinegar
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix Flour, Lard and Salt until crumbly
  2. Add water, egg and vinegar and mix until just combined. DO NOT OVER MIX as this will make the crust dense and tough, not flaky.
  3. Divide into two equal parts, refrigerate for an hour, roll out and use as you will!!!... Easiest to roll out between two sheets of Saran Wrap
Sweet Potato Pie

  • 2 Cups peeled, cooked sweet potatoes 
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Stick Melted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TBS Bourbon (can substitute 1 tsp Vanilla Extract)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Ginger Powder
  • 1 Cup Half and Half
  • 1 Shell Of my Mother-in-Law's Pie Crust in a 9 inch Pie Pan
  • Whipped Cream for Garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the potatoes, 1 cup of the sugar, the butter, eggs, Bourbon, salt, and spices. Mix thoroughly.          
  3. Add the 1/2 and 1/2 and continue to mix. Pour the filling into the pie crust
  4. Bake for 50 minutes until a knife can be inserted and comes out clean
  5. Allow to cool to room temperature before adding the Whipped Cream for Garnish


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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