Grandma's Sweet Potato Pie

Bea's Sweet Potato Pie
Happy Thanksgiving!

For my family, this Thanksgiving was different than any other year. This was our first Thanksgiving without Mom. The "Firsts" in life are either wonderful or difficult. When you lose a loved one the "firsts" are the most difficult.  I woke up feeling blue and didn't know how the day would unfold but I was going to be open to the blessings of this marvelous day of giving thanks and gratitude! Thanksgiving turned out to be a wonderful day filled with the aroma's of the holiday, Kilkenny's turkey dinner, conference call with my sister Cymone and time with Dad, Allie and Los. I missed my Love this year but he'll be home soon-I have a pie waiting for you :-)

Growing up my Grandmother would make the most AMAZING sweet potato pies. A couple of years ago I learned the recipe and only make the pies once a year. For a woman who NEVER measured anything (my grandmother)  I somehow was able to get the measurements that allow me to recreate this delicious delicacy year after year.

You can use premade Pillsbury pie crust or make your own. 

Bea's Sweet Potato Pie
Two thumbs up from Los!

Sweet Potato Pie
Makes enough for 2 pies

3 Med/Large Yams
6 Tablespoons butter, room temp
4 Tablespoons of flour
1 C. White sugar
1/2 Teaspoon salt
4 Large Eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1 C. Whole Milk

Preheat oven to 350.

1. Boil potatoes (45min-1hour) until you can put a fork all the way through and peel the potatoes warm (potatoes are HOT. Be careful peeling them) Discard the skin and place the skinless potatoes in a large mixing bowl. If you are using an standing mixer put your cooked and peeled potato's directly into the bowl of the mixer.

2.Cut the butter in small cubes and add to warm potatoes. The heat from the potatoes should be enough to melt the butter. using a fork mash the  butter into potatoes. When butter and potatoes are almost combined add flour and continue to mix together with a fork.

3. Add the eggs mixing well to incorporate into mixture. Add sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and lightly mix together. Then add the milk and vanilla and using an electric hand held mixer mix ingredients until smooth and creamy.

4. Prepare your pie plates with crust and evenly pour the filling your two pie plates.
OPTIONAL: sprinkle the bottom of your pie plate with a thin layer of brown sugar before adding your filling

5. Cook pies for 60 minutes and rotate in oven and cook for another 45 minutes to 1 hour. Continue to cook until crust and Pie filling has browned.

OPTIONAL: When pies are hot out of the oven lightly rub butter on top for a crispy crust

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