Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Aunt Mo's Sweet Potato Pie

I hope you're prepared for the delicious that is my Aunt Monique's sweet potato pie. I finally got the recipe from her and tried it for myself last year. Aaaaaabsolutely a winner! My aunt normally serves this pie with dinner for a sweet change of pace, but I prefer it to your run-of-the-mill pumpkin pie for dessert.

This year I was inspired (once again!) by the neverhomemakers and made what would have been two big sweet potato pies into 12 mini-pies, one regular pie and a pyrex bowl filled with the leftover filling (pie filling eaten in the form of custard is my new favorite dessert). I brought the regular pie, along with Pumpkin-Poppy-Sunflower Seed No Knead Bread and Mama Stamburg's Cranberry Relish (as "seen" on NPR) to Brandon's family's in PA and the mini-pies were for Thanksgiving #2 in North Carolina with his sister.

It's definitely NOT one of my healthier recipes, but it's SO worth it for a holiday indulgence! If you're hell bent on healthify-ing it though, you can probably do so with some easy substitutions, like applesauce instead of butter, fat free evaporated milk (or perhaps even just skim?), egg whites instead of eggs. You could probably reduce the amount of sugar or sub in something a bit less processed, like agave, or even leave it out altogether depending on how sweet you like it. My suggestion? Try this recipe totally unadulterated before making healthy substitutions.

Aunt Mo's Sweet Potato Pie


2- store bought 8" pie pastries (I used a double recipes of Ashley's Chocolate Kissed Crust)
1-1/2 cups of sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 cup mashed sweet potato or yams
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stick of butter
1 small can evaporated milk. (2/3 cup)


Preheat oven to 350. Cream eggs and sugar. Add sweet potato, vanilla and melted butter. Last, add milk. Mix well. Put in unbaked pie shell. Bake for 1 hour at 350...but if you're baking mini pies, start with half an hour and go from there. The filling will be set and slightly brown on top when it's finished (I left mine in for 45 minutes and they turned out a bit burnt!)

What's your favorite holiday recipe??

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