Monday, February 1, 2010

Tidewater's Own Sweet Potato Pie

All last week, my family each took turns being sick, with my husband being the forerunner with pneumonia. By Sunday, we were all pooped! We stayed home from church to get better and I spent the day making homemade navy bean soup and this wonderful Sweet Potato Pie. It actually comes from a framed wall hanging called Old Virgina Receipts I have on my wall in the kitchen. I saw it, along with the matching recipe for Virginia Peanut Soup, in Williamsburg years ago. It's great because whenever I want to make this pie, I never have to worry about finding the recipe!

Sweet Potato Pie

1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
3/4 cups brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon peel
1 cup light cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine sweet potatoes, brown sugar, spices and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix well! Fold in lemon juice and peel. Slowly, you hear, add butter, vanilla, eggs, and cream. Make it smooth. Spoon into prepared pie shell. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Poke a straw (or butter knife) in center....clean? Done!
-Squire of Williamsburg

"I'm a sweet eater. I love lemon pie and sweet potato pie."
-Claude Williams


Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

That recipe does sound like old time Virginia sweet potato pie. Mmmm.
Hope everyone in your home is feeling better.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thanks Sweet!

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Beth said...

Gosh, I'm so sorry you've all been under the weather---hope all is better now. I'd say that sweet potato pie is very good medicine. :-)

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

I'd like to see a picture of that recipe hanging on the wall. Is it old? I have an old book called "Old Virginia Recipes." Think that's what it is. There's some really disgusting recipes in there involving the body parts of animals I would never eat, lol.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Debi- I'm not sure exactly where the recipe is from, but it does remind me of those old Virginia recipe books I've seen when I've visited home. I'll get a picture of the frame/recipe for you and post it.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Beth- thanks, yeah we are slowly getting better here. Another weekend of downtime should do it I think!
You're right, that pie really helped!