Sweet Potato Puree with Brown Sugar and Sherry

This is an intriguing recipe I found in my epicurious app and adapted a bit with marshmallows. The thing I absolutely loved about this dish is the hint of sherry. This is the second sweet potato dish I have placed on the website. You might be able to tell, I love sweet potatoes. If you don’t use 4 pounds of potatoes, reduce the amount of Sherry.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds medium-sized red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams)
  • 2 pounds medium-sized tan-skinned sweet potatoes
  • 10 TBS (1 1/4 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 5 TBS dry Sherry
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pierce all sweet potatoes with fork and bake until tender, about 55 minutes. Cool slightly. Using spoon, scoop potato pulp into large bowl. Add butter and brown sugar, using electric mixer, beat until smooth. Beat in Sherry. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking pan and cover with one layer mini marshmallows. Bake for 6-8 minutes at 400 degrees or until marshmallows are tanned.

Mom’s Apple Pie

 

My mom makes the best apple pie. I always try to produce a pie worthy of her but it has been a difficult road. I am not giving up because my mom’s apple pie is my all-time favorite food. It is not the same without mom’s pastry recipe that has been passed down throughout the generations in her family. You have to make this pastry the day before.

Mom’s Pastry

Ingredients;

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 pound lard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder

Directions;

Mix the above 4 ingredients together in a large bowl, use fork to start than by hand (I use my Cuisinart mixer for the entire recipe and it does a fabulous job).

  • Beat 1 egg in a measuring cup
  • Add 2 tsp white vinegar
  • Then add water to make ¾ cup

Add to flour mixture and mix. Mix until lard is almost absorbed. Mixture will be very sticky. Roll into log and cut into 6 even pieces. Wrap in tin foil and freeze for at least 1 day. Thaw and roll out with lots of flour.

Mom’s Apple Pie

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of salt
  • 8 cups thinly sliced apples, I use granny smith for their tartness but you can use whatever you like. (About 8 medium)
  • 2 TBS butter

Directions;

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the apples. Turn into pastry lined plate. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust and cut slits in top. Seal and flute edges. Cover edges with 3 inch flute of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Remove foil during last 15 minutes of baking. Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through the slits.

 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Thanksgiving is almost here, that means feasting on holiday food, one of my favorite things. This is a recipe I found in a Halloween themed magazine years ago. I don’t remember the name. I made this for a family gathering and it was very popular. It is a super easy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. In another bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil. Stir in the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour into two greased 8 inch x 4 inch x 2 inch loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wires racks.