It’s not too early to start talking about pies for Christmas, is it?
Because I can’t wait to make this pie again.
It’s not too weird to admit I made the pie because it just happens to be the favorite pie of Jackson Davis, hero of Southern Fried Blues, either, right?
Never mind. Don’t answer that.
Because that’s not the point. The point is, this pie is amazing. Everyone should try sweet potato pie. It’s good for dessert, it’s good for breakfast, it’s good as a side dish.
It’s just good. It’s like a Yankee girl’s green eggs and ham. Once you try it, you’ll totally eat it anywhere.
And because I’m in a holiday mood today, I’m even going to give you the recipe I used, which is adapted from the one that Wendy S. Marcus found for me on Granny’s Favorites Cookbooks Facebook page when I mentioned on Facebook that Pinterest had crashed two days before Thanksgiving and I was therefore missing the sweet potato pie recipe that I wanted to try out. (Side note: Wendy has this great holiday short story called The Group Seduction out now. You should totally give it a read!)
And now for the pie that I can’t stop dreaming about:
1 9-inch, unbaked pie crust
2 cups baked and peeled sweet potatoes
¼ cup melted butter
2 large eggs
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Zest of one orange (About 1 ½ teaspoons will do, but you can use more if you want to. The orange zest is the secret ingredient.)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare pie crust.
Using a hand mixer, beat the sweet potatoes and melted butter until they’re smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat some more. Pour into pie crust.
Bake 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool before serving. Goes great with fresh whipped cream
Honest to goodness, I thank my lucky stars that Jackson Davis decided this pie was his favorite. Because I never would’ve tried it otherwise, and I can honestly say my life has been enriched by it.
But more on that Friday.
In the meantime, tell me–have you ever tried a new recipe because it was mentioned in a book?
p.s. Speaking of Pinterest… Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle and I have an awesome contest up on Pinterest right now! You could win a Kindle for Christmas! Click on the picture to enter, then check out our fun Southern Fried Pinterest board!