Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Tale of Poo and Potatos

I realize it's not particularly appetizing to talk about food and poop at the same time. But I now have an unfortunate association with the two and it goes a little something like this...

I have never in my entire life eaten a sweet potato pie, err should I say a piece of sweet potato pie. Robins husband brought me some HUGE sweet potato's from his families farm in northern Indiana. Being that I love to bake pies I thought here was the perfect opportunity...he brought 4 potatoes and they were large enough that one potato yielded 2 cups mashed!

I'm sure I have mentioned this before, but we have a little family business (an art gallery) and it's in an old historic house. We have a kitchen in the back of the house that's not part of the gallery, but it makes for some fun afternoons when it's slow and we can cook something. OK, now that that's out of the way you see how it is that I am cooking at work. So I fix the pie, put it in the oven and then someone came in the gallery. He asked me if he could use the bathroom. CRAP (no pun intended). I HATE letting strangers use the bathroom but can't seem to say no, or tell them we don't have one. Lesson learned the hard way today. I pointed to the hall where the restroom is and he practically ran ....great, this was looking bad. I won't go into all the gorey (explosive) details, but lets just say that I no longer have a taste for sweet potato pie.
Crust (this is out of the 1950's Betty Crocker Cookbook)
3/4 stick of cold butter
1 cup flour
3 Tablespoons water (adjust if needed)
I just use a pastry cutter until everything is incorporated and starts to stick. Roll in a ball and put on a floured surface. Roll out...makes a 9" pie crust.
Pie Filling
2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Mix together mashed sweet potatoes, butter or margarine, and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and salt. Mix in spices if desired. Add to sweet potato mixture and stir well.
Mix together buttermilk and baking soda. Add to sweet potato mixture and stir well. Mix in vanilla extract. Pour filling into pastry shell.
Bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes, until set in center.


Ali said...

hey! you girls! Where you at?! Don't make me come lookin' for ya...

Deirdre and Caleb said...

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undefined musings said...

How hilarious! It's even funnier to me because I've been in your shop! You've done prints for my mom - she framed our wedding photos and a photo of our son for us as gifts. So I can really get a visual! GREAT story, Shelly!
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