Friday, June 06, 2008


A warning-while I do say y’all with some regularity, I am from St. Louis, not the deep south. However, I do manage to make some pretty darn tasty sweet potato pie.

There is not one time I have served this when I haven’t been asked for the recipe, so I’ll take that to mean it was enjoyed. Now I don’t know what makes it special or different from all the other sweet potato pie recipes out there. Maybe it’s because of the love I put in it. Or all the margarine and sugar.

I thought it would be a great recipe for this week because while people seem to really love it in its parve form, I made it dairy for the first time last week and I have to say it was reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllly good. So for those of you who don’t like Shavuot with all the cheese, or are going to potlucks where there are sure to be a (un)healthy amount cream laden dishes, this might be a fun yummy way to break all that up.

And of course, you can’t ever go wrong serving it for shabbos.

St. Louis Style Sweet Potato Pie
(makes 2 pies)

3 medium sweet potatoes –boiled, peeled and mashed
1 stick of margarine or butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon flour
¾ cup coffee rich or soy milk or whole milk (don’t use skim or it will be too watery)

-mush all ingredients together (if you want to be extra fancy you can use a hand blender)
-pour into 2 pie shells (recipe to follow)
-bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until set

For those of you who like to go the extra mile…..

Pain in the Patootie Crust
(makes 2 deep dish pie crusts)

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup COLD margarine
Around 1/4-1/2 cup ice water

-Mix first 4 ingredients, adding margarine slowly (a dough blender works really well)
- add water slowly until just ballable
- chill 15 minutes
-roll out and place in pie pans
-put a few fork holes in the side to keep the air bubbles away
-bake for 350 for a few minutes before adding filling

Add an egg yolk for more rollable dough
Add a splash of vinegar for a flakier crust
Add some cinnamon for a yummy cinnamony crust
Add all 3 and do the pie proud.

Shabbat Shalom, y'all!

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