First things first– Let it be known that my grandmother, Dorothy M. Walker, is the undisputed sweet potato pie baking champion! I only hope to be able to recreate her greatness one day. While I have tried, I just felt like something was missing and I have a theory of what it might have been. You see, she is an old school cook. She finds no use for recipes and cookbooks. Granny bakes solely off of instinct and intuition whereas I need directions for EVERYTHING! I guess you could say my cooking lacks confidence! So until I watch her make sweet potato pie 50 more times and learn the recipe, I’ll stick to my cook books!
Seeing as how my granny is an original Southern Belle, I decide that this southern book would be appropriate for the occasion.
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
2 eggs, beaten well
1 1/2 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
You can follow the directions at http://books.google.com/books?id=BkRvhbmZ5QMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=pie+recipes&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XmHJUJDnN5GM0QHRy4GwCg&sqi=2&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=sweet%20potato&f=false
I omitted the cinnamon because I know my grandmother does not use it. For whatever reason she dislikes cinnamon. However, everything looks and sounds familiar so I give it a go. And here’s what it looks like….