Monday, July 11, 2011

Sweet Potato Pie

The very first time I had Sweet Potato Pie was at Allen's Alley, a small diner in our old town of Vista, Ca....the cafe is  in a back alley of the down town section and is famous for its breakfasts and pies.

 Its rather a "hole in the wall" little diner..with great old fashioned service and food....been there for 40 years or more....and a legend in its own way...

I was in heaven with that wonderful pie and when we ran across a 10 lb. box of sweet potatoes at Costco last weekend..well...had to get it.....we both adore sweet potatoes anyway.....did you know 1 medium sweet potato has only 100 calories? they are a powerhouse of good things like beta-carotene, Vitamin A, C and they just taste good...
Here is the recipe I used for the above pie..found it on the recipe card that came with the potatoes.....and its a goodie.....the night before I baked several, we ate two and saved the rest of the pie...

Henry's Famous Yam-Yam Pie
1 3/4 cups oven-baked mashed sweet potatoes
1 1/2 c. or 12 oz. can evaporated milk
1/2-3/4 c. sugar (I used Splenda)
2 eggs
salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves and/or other spices of your choice to taste...1/4-1/2 t. each.(.we like a cinnamon/clove mix ourselves) you could use pumpkin pie spice too.
Pie shell of your choice.....this makes a 9" pie....

Combine sugar, salt and spices in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in sweet potatoes and dry mixture.Gradually add evaporated milk to the sweet potato mix. Pour into a pie shell and bake in a 350 oven for 40-50 for at least 2 hours before cutting....

I make up the pie crust way ahead of time and keep rounds in the freezer so its no problem making pie here...just have to remember to get out several in the morning so they can thaw out.!
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