Today I had to do some delicious research on a new picture book I am working on with Marita Gentry (illustrator of The Cajun Cornbread Boy). The story is called Pulling Up the Sweet Potato. It is one of my most popular, frequently-requested stories. It is based on the Russian folktale, The Giant Turnip. The sweet potato is Louisiana’s state vegetable and this is a fun, cumulative story about community.
The book will have a recipe for Ma Farmer’s Sweet Potato Pie. Here is what my “research” looked like:
Doesn’t that look scrumptious?! And here’s the recipe! Bon Appetit!
Ma Farmer’s Sweet Potato Pie
1 lb. of boiled, peeled sweet potatoes
1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 9-inch unbaked deep dish pie crust or 2 shallow pie crusts
In mixing bowl, mash sweet potato. Add butter. Mix thoroughly. Stir in sugar, brown sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake at 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Pie will sink as it cools. Serve with large dollop of whipped cream. Mmm. Mmm Mmm.
Enjoy! Until next time…