Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Sweet Potato Pone

I checked out the cookbook Sweets Soul Food and Memories by Patty Pinner at the library recently. I highly recommend it if you like old fashioned Southern desserts. I wanted to pass on the recipe for Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pone a family recipe from Patty Pinner. It is interesting, because unlike sweet potato pie filling it is firmer and can be sliced.

2 1/2 cups milk
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softned

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Pour the milk into the prepared casserole dish. Stir the grated sweet potatoes into the milk; this will prevent the potatoes from turning dark. In a mixing bowl, beat the egss well. Gradually add the sugar, cinnamon, and cloves, mixing well after each addition. Add the nutmeg, orange zest, and pecans. Mix until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into the potato mixture and mix well. Dot the top with butter. Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until the pudding is set. Remove the dish from the oven. Let the pudding stand for 30 minutes before serving.

Serves 6 to 8

Recipe courtesy Patty Pinner the author of Sweets Soul Food Desserts and Memories