The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

"Spiritual powers and their wondrous functioning--hauling water and carrying firewood." --Layman Pang, upon his realization

Sunday, January 23, 2011

When my kids were small, I introduced sweet potatoes as nature's candy, delectable and fun, like a trip to the penny candy store, but no one bought it. I tried mashing it with butter, salt and pepper and maple syrup, serving it with raisin smily faces, bribed extra t.v. time for just a few bites, to no avail.
I even had a monster smash hit with the song, "Sweet! Sweet! Sweet Potato!", but we ended up chanting it as a game, clapping and walking, not eating....
What I didn't do was serve it up in a pie, and there was my mistake. It could not have been resisted mixed with brown sugar and poured into a pie shell, sprinkled with toasted pecans with a final topping of spray-your-own
whipped cream!
I never thought about pie.

Here's a recipe for Sweet Potato Bourbon Pie from Vegetarian Times (, which I made yesterday--it took all of 10 minutes to prepare, and I was eating it an hour later, can't beat it with a stick.

2 Cups cooked pureed orange fleshed sweet potato, such as Beauregard, garnet or jewel
(I used canned and mashed it with a potato masher)
3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbs. bourbon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
1 9 inch whole wheat pie crust shell
2 Tbs. chopped toasted pecans (I used at least half a cup)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together sweet potato, brown sugar, flour, bourbon, pumpkin pie spice, salt and eggs in a large bowl until smooth. (I left mine a bit lumpy)
Pour into pie shell. Sprinkle with pecans.

2. Place on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 50 minutes, or until center is set. Cool on wire rack.

So Good! Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

hahaha. Yes same in this household. Try as I might to feature the sweet potato or carrot as a sweet yummy treat, they have already seen through the guise. :) That sweet potato pie looks AWESOME!

Brookie said...

Sounds so familiar, but try this, they might love it! You might want to find a substitute for the bourbon though....then report back, I would love to know if your children enjoy it.
Dharma, and sweet potato pie, are revolution!

Brennan said...

mom, i remember when we lived in redding you'd feed us sweet potato. we wouldn't be allowed to watch tv until we finished it. i observed win go to the bathroom and spit it in the toilet after and then telling you he'd eaten it all. do you remember? i didn't tell you because i wanted to watch tv! i must have been about 6 or 7.