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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Divorce...Fine! As Long As I Get The Sweet Potato Pie!

I originally posted this for Thanksgiving
but it is also our FAVORITE dish for Christmas!
So, I am linking up to  The DIY Show Off
for the Show and Tell Surprise Party

My family always argues about what's for Thanksgiving dinner

(Christmas dinner too- it is our hobby!).
I am not joking...a simple question about cranberry sauce
turns into a two hour ordeal about which of the 5 recipes to use.
Don't even ask about bringing the turkey last year!
However, with all of our opinions floating around,
there is one thing we must always have...
B's Sweet Potato Pie!

Legend has it that the recipe for this most heavenly sweet potato pie
was a term of a divorce. All B walked away with,
and all she wanted was the sweet potato pie recipe...
and here I go, sharing it with the world (or a small portion of it). 

Jules decided to help me make this one...
this particular pie was a trial run to see what would happen
if I substituted the refined sugar and white flour
with healthier ingredients...it worked...
more about that later (see notes below the recipe)...
but clearly I need to substitute these ingredients,
because Jules chanted "sugar, sugar, sugar"
the entire time she was mixing and sprinkling.

"sugar, sugar, sugar"

B's Sweet Potato Pie
1 Large Can Sweet Potatoes, drained
(sometimes I mash or puree them for texture)
2-3 Sweet Potatoes, baked until fork tender
(skin the potatoes and mash or puree for texture)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter (less 2 1/2 tsp)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup milk (or organic whipping cream)

Combine potatoes, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Add milk and beat until smooth.
Spoon into a greased 2 qt. casserole dish.
(I don't grease the pan. If you do use some melted butter)

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp melted butter (from above)
1/2 cup pecans
Mix above together and sprinkle/spoon over filling.
We often double the topping recipe

Bake at 350 for about 25 to 30 minutes

1. I substituted pumpkin (and some fresh ginger)
for sweet potatoes and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
The requests are now to make if with pumpkin always!

It took longer to cook, about 45 minutes to one hour...
I just kept checking in on it.

2. To "healthy it up" and trying to use more natural,
less refined, healthful ingredients, I substituted
the sugar for 1/8 cup Grade A Maple Syrup.
It wasn't quite enough, so I did add a little more...
you just need to taste it and decide for yourself.
I also swapped out the flour in the topping for brown rice flour.
Finally I used organic butter, vanilla, etc.
The kids (mainly Joe who would eat the entire thing...if I let him)
just said "this is so good"...see they didn't even know!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! !


PS-If this recipe belonged to Betty Crocker at one time
or someone else,I am not stealing it.
I have no knowledge of the original origins...
my recipe is typed on a blank sheet of paper.


  1. It sounds delicious! I've never had sweet potato pie before. I'm thinking it has to be somewhat similar to pumpkin, but does it have the stringiness of a potato??

  2. Yum! I love sweet potatoes mixed up with sugar and vanilla.
    I am snagging this recipe for sure!

  3. sounds heavenly!!! Thank you for sharing!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Too funny. I am making sweet potato pie for the first time this year. I am using an online recipe that is quite different. (she says now scared of the result. gulp)

    BTW, thank you for the award. Very sweet

  5. Very similar to ours. But forget healthy. Go all the way. It's one of the few times a year when eating like a pig is not acceptable it's almost encouraged!!

  6. I have a very similar recipe, but it's called "Sweet Potato Casserole" and we serve it with dinner. It's too soft to slice so we serve it by the spoonful. It is sweet enough to have as dessert, but everyone would kill me if I didn't put it on the table with the turkey!!

  7. Mmmmmmmm! I am so hungry now!

  8. a couple of years ago they started handing out our choice of either apple or sweet potato pie at work. These were restaurant grade frozen pies. I'm not an apple pie fan so I chose sweet potato. OMG! It's better than pumpkin! I've been a convert ever since.

  9. Mmmm that sounds heavenly! I can't resist a good sweet potato recipe.

  10. Mmmmm...me loves some sweet potato pie!

  11. I've never had sweet potato pie. My family tells me that it tastes like pumpkin, but I imagine it to taste like sweet potatoes...which I'm not fond of.

    I'll ask you...I trust your advice (not their's!!! LOL!!!).

    Does it taste like pumpkin...or sweet potatoes???

  12. Sweet potatoes are on my short list of things I do not like and will not eat. Now, I'm wondering if the sweetness added to it makes it edible.....at least for me.

  13. Thanks for the recipe - looks yummy!

    Love to you and Happy Thanksgiving!


  14. Yummm...perfect for this Fall season!
    I've posted sweet potato as well, perfect with Salmon~
    Have a wonderful holiday season!
    ps: lovely blog!


  15. Hi! Just came from Mommy Wonderland's blog. Sweet Potato... we have lots of that here in the tropics. I will make this pie. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  16. That really looks yummy!!!

    Thanks so much for adding my button. :) I hope you have wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  17. Sounds YUMMY! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  18. oooh! organic ingredients make baked goods 10x as good. I'll bet this was a hit! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  19. My Mom will love this recipe...alas...Thanksgiving foods are my least favorite of the entire holiday season. haha. Except that cranberry sauce. And I admit to even liking the canned version. LOL.

  20. Looks super yummy! It's a toss up for me between sweet potato pie and pumpkin. They are so similar...and both SO GOOD!

  21. I've not made a sweet potato pie with a topping before. This sounds fabulous! I think B got the best end of the deal. :)

  22. Say want to say a BIG thank you for your kind words, appreciate it very much!
    Happy Holidays to you & family!!

  23. Awww, I love the little one helping you cook. That's always so cute!! And I know what you mean about fights..so funny.


  24. Anonymous5:51 PM

    This sounds incredible! I can see a divorce out of the deal, totally worth it!
    Thank you again for my award! I posted about it today!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. lol, sugar, sugar- how little a kiddo to see it that way :)
    It sounds wonderful :)

  26. Seriously, this was exactly the recipe I needed for tomorrow. I'm accidentally hosting Thanksgiving and was just about to start searching for a sweet potato recipe since I have no experience with this vegetable.

    PS: Congrats on your book - looks like Amazon only has 4 left in stock. That's kinda awesome.

  27. Wow! A healthy version of Sweet Potato Pie. Looks yummie! Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

  28. Ohhhoho! How I do LOVE Sweet Potato Pie!! My Mom and I used to make it every year! Beautiful Blog. Thanx for stopping by "Till death do us art" to say HI!. :) I am having some technical difficulties at the moment, Im a little computer retarded, LOL, I hope you will stop by again once Ive got my little blog looking all pretty again. ;) I look forward to working with you soon! Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

    Iris ☺

  29. Please, oh please send some my way! I have no luck with potatoes of any sort.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  30. I've given you a blog award on my blog! Come see :)


    Have a great holiday!

  31. Oh goodness. My daughter loves sweet potato pie and I never make it for her.

  32. We make something similar every year and call it "Sweet Potato Casserole". I always thought I'd never eaten Sweet Potato Pie. Turns out I have been and didn't know it!

  33. This sounds great. Im going to have to try out this recipe. Into my online recipe box it goes.

  34. I'm back...had to tell you that I made this recipe on Thanksgiving and it was delicious! My anti-potato daughter (a sin, I know. Who hates potatoes?) proclaimed them perfect and ate several helpings.

    Thanks again!

  35. That looks so good! You are killing my wasit line with these fablous recipes!

  36. Nummy, nummy, num! I love sweet potato pie! I love the way your kids are getting involved in the kitchen! Max is getting Jules a bag o' sugar for Christmas! :)

  37. I made a sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving this year. It was more like a dessert. I don't know if there is anything out there to beat it! This sounds good too!


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