Southern Sweet Potato Pie

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Creamy authentic Southern Sweet Potato Pie

The holidays are quickly approaching, and if you know me well- you know that I NEVER have a holiday party without serving my Homemade Sweet Potato Pie. I always make at least two for every party because the pie goes FAST! Last year I peeped several people at one of my parties. I noticed that some people actually took 2-3 slices. They’d eat one slice, and have the nerve to place the other slice(s) away for later!  I guess this year I’ll have to make additional pies …

For my  Southern Sweet Potato Pie, I start of with a delicious crust. This crust is freaking amazing! It’s definitely not one of those plan ” water , butter,  and flour” crust that most people use. This crust isn’t JUST crust, it’s part of the pie! It’s outrageously flaky, and nice and buttery. Honestly, the store brand crust has NOTHING on this crust— BUT if you want to use it, go ahead… It will still be a great pie, but it won’t be “KNOCK YO’ SOCKS OFF AMAZING” like it could be with the homemade crust.

You’re definitely going to want to add this pie to your holiday menu, so perfect the recipe now…..

 

 

Recipe

Pie filling

  • 1 Large sweet potato, or 3 small ones ( small ones are easier to cut)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick of salted butter OR margarine, softened

Crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter flavored baking stick, or butter flavored shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp COLD heavy cream

Directions

  1. In a bowl combine 2 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, and 4 tbsp granulated sugar. Sift or stir together. Now add in the butter flavored baking stick or shortening, and cut it in until the mixture resembles crumbs. Add in one egg, and 6 tbsp of heavy cream. Mix until everything is well combined and turns into dough. Ball up the dough, cover it, and place it in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and cut the sweet potatoes. Boil the potatoes, until they are nice and fork tender, then drain them and let them cool down completely.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the sweet potatoes. Add in one stick of butter, 3 eggs, 2/3 cup heavy cream, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, and 1 1/2 cup sugar. Mix until everything is nice and creamy.
  4. Flatten out the crust on a lightly floured surface.
  5. Spray a 9 inch pie pan with baking spray, then place the crust into the pan. Use your hands to form the crust onto the pie pan, and tidy up the edges ( watch the video above).
  6. Pour in the pie filling, and smooth it out.
  7. Bake the pie on 350 F for 40-45 minutes.
  8. Let the pie cool completely before serving….. ENJOY!!!

 

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisp is definitely one of my favorite fall desserts. It’s easy, delicious, and it requires very little ingredients. Here is a simple, yet amazing recipe for you to try out. Be sure to watch my video for instructions.

 

FYI( I did not mention the baking soda and baking powder in the video, BUT it was added along with the other ingredients for the topping!
Recipe

  • 6 medium sized granny smith apples
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  •  1/4 cup water

Topping

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder

Directions

  1. Wash the apples, then peel and slice them
  2. Place the apple into a large mixing bowl, and sprinkle in 3/4 cup granulates sugar, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg. Stir the ingredients, and  make sure the apples are well coated.
  3. Pour in 1/4 cup of water, then sprinkle in 2 tbsp of all purpose flour. Stir.
  4. Choose a baking dish, and spray it with nonstick spray, or butter the dish. Place the apple in the dish, then set it to side.
  5. In a medium sized bowl add 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup quick oats, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/8 tsp baking powder, and 1/8 tsp baking soda. Mix together.
  6. Next, add the melted butter to the dry ingredients, and use a fork to mix, until everything is well combined as resembles crumbs.
  7. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the apples.
  8. Place the dish in the oven set on 350 F, for 45 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven, and let it cool at least 3o minutes before serving.
  10. Enjoy with ice cream, or alone!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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Here is an amazing recipe for you to enjoy this fall. It’s a little time consuming, BUT it is worth all the time and effort. Definitely try this recipe, and save it for the upcoming holidays!

 

Recipe

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 1/2 tsp OR 2 (25 oz) envelopes of active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large fuji apple, diced
  • 1 medium granny smith, diced

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp half and half

Directions

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of warm water into a large bowl. Sprinkle in 2 tsp of granulated sugar, and stir. Next sprinkle in the dry yeast. Stir, and let sit for 8 minutes of until it foams.
  2. Sift together the flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt.
  3. Pour the yeast ( which should look like foam) into a large mixing bowl, and add in the milk, vegetable oil, and apple juice. Mix.
  4. Now it’s time to mix the wet ingredients with the dry. DO NOT add all of the flour to the wet ingredients at once. Add one cup at a time, and use a fork to combine the ingredients. Mix the ingredients until it forms into dough.
  5. Lightly flour a flat surface, and knead the dough flour about 5 minutes.
  6. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover. Let the dough rest for 40 minutes.
  7. Flatten out the dough.
  8. Place 1/2 cup softened butter, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg,  1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 tsp ground cinnamon into a bowl. Mix until it’s nice and creamy.
  9. Slather the butter mixture on the surface of the dough, and sprinkle the diced apples on top.
  10. Roll up the dough, jelly roll style, then cut into 1 inch sections.
  11. Grease a 9 X 13 bake dish, and place the rolls into the dish.
  12. Once all the rolls are in the bake dish, use your hands hands to lightly press the rolls down.
  13. Place the rolls into a preheated oven set on 375 F, and bake for 25 minutes.
  14. Once the rolls are done pull them out of the oven.
  15. In a sauce pan, melt down 1/4 cup of butter. Add in 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 3 tbsp of half and half. Boil over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  16. Drizzle over the cinnamon rolls.
  17. Enjoy!

NOTE: the caramel will harden if stored in a cold area. To melt the caramel sauce simply zap in the microwave for a few second. You can also freeze these cinnamon rolls!

I hope you enjoy this with a cup of coffee or milk. Tell me what you think down below :-)

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

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 Sweet, Crunch and Lightly salted Caramel Popcorn…WARNING!!! This stuff is addicting!!!

The weather is changing and my favorite season is approaching! I LOVE fall. Everything from the crisp air, the rain ( I get lots of it since I live in the NorthWest) the colorful leaves, and the FOOD!! One  of my favorite things to munch on during the fall is Caramel Popcorn. I know it sounds simple, and a lot of people eat it year round, but during the fall, is when I make my very own homemade caramel popcorn.

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I love my homemade caramel popcorn more than any store bought or gourmet brand. It’s fresh, crunchy, and it’s easy to make.

I love making several batches of this popcorn for holidays parties, and it is always gone within minutes! Give this recipe a try, and tell me what you think!!!

Recipe

  • 5 cups lightly salted popcorn (make sure there aren’t any seeds in the mix)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/8 baking soda

Directions

  1. Place the popcorn into a huge bowl.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat, and add in the brown sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Stir the ingredients until it’s lump free.
  3. Turn the heat up to medium high, and let the mixture boil for 3 minutes without stirring.
  4. Remove the sauce pan from the heat, and now add in the vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir.
  5. Pour a little bit of the caramel over the popcorn  and fold in. Repeat until, all the sauce is coating the popcorn.
  6. Place the popcorn on a greased foil lined cookie sheet, or two.
  7. Place the popcorn into the oven on 250 F, for 1 hour.
  8. Remove the popcorn from the oven, stir, and let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!!!!