Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pareve Sweet Potato Pie

In Friday’s paper, there were a number of letters from schoolchildren to Barack Obama. While I was touched by the writer who wanted to “help all nations, even Hawaii,” the letter that particularly grabbed my attention was this one:

Dear Barack Obama,

You look too skinny.

You should eat more food.

This is what you should eat:

  1. pizza
  2. ice cream
  3. butter popcorn
  4. cupcakes
  5. hamburgers
  6. French fries
  7. hot dogs
  8. hot chocolate
  9. cookies
  10. cotton candy



The reason Jayme’s letter grabbed me is that except for the hamburgers and hot dogs, the text is exactly, but exactly, identical to the letter I sent President Obama myself, or would have, if only I got around to it.

I will add only my new recipe for sweet potato pie. I just cannot stop making these pies. Here’s the dairy-free version. In good health, America.

Pareve Sweet Potato Pie

Pareve Pecan Crust

½ cup rolled oats

1 ½ cups pecans

1 cup (5 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour

½ cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 tablespoons apple cider

If you will also be making a pecan pie, or might make one at some point, select the perfect gorgeous pecan halves for that. For this recipe you can use the broken pecan or imperfect pecan pieces.

Heat the oven to 350 F. Place the oats on one baking sheet and the pecans on another and toast the oats for about fifteen minutes, and the pecans for about twenty minutes. Allow to cool.

In a processor, buzz the oats to a fine meal. Add the pecans and pulse, and then add the sugar and flour and process to a fine powder. Add the coconut oil and pulse to combine. With the machine running, drizzle in the apple cider until the crust comes together. Press the dough into two eight-inch tart pans or one nine-inch pie pan. Use the leftover bits to make little tartlets (the best part). Return to the oven and bake for twenty minutes or until lightly browned. Raise oven temperature to 400.

Pareve Sweet Potato Pie Filling

4 medium sweet potatoes (to yield about 2 cups baked, mashed sweet potatoes)

4 eggs

8 ounces (1 cup) brown sugar (darker is nicer)

12 ounces (1 can) coconut milk

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Bake the sweet potatoes until quite soft—about an hour depending what else you have in the oven. Peel the potatoes when they are cool enough to handle. You can do this with your fingers, and it is one of the many great pleasures associated with this pie. Combine all the filling ingredients in the processor and process until quite smooth. Pour the filling into the tart or pie pans and bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Lower heat to 350 and bake until set—another 15 minutes for the tarts, or about 25 minutes for the pie.

I'll make you pie, baby!

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Blogger Beth said...

My Yiddish-speaking stepmother and mother-in-law like your blog. So do I though my Yiddish is thinner than Barack Obama.

I want to make this sweet potato pie for Shabbas. What if I don't have coconut oil?

--Shira Beth

9:06 AM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

You can get coconut oil in health food stores or from nutiva.com, or spectrum. You can probably also leave it out. The pie is plenty rich enough.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous MarieH423 said...

Can you substitute anything else for the coconut oil and milk? I've already had three heart attacks and really don't want another! (seriously).

Will any other type of oil or baking milks (evaporated or sweetened condensed?) work??

Todah Rabah!!!

12:55 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

you can probably leave out the coconut oil altogether, but in fact coconut oil and milk are both more healthful than they were long believed to be. While coconut has saturated fat, it is not trans fat, the real culprit in raising LDL cholesterol.
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1:31 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

I am posting this comment for La Belle Dame Sans Gravy, who has forgotten her password (oh, you delinquent bloggers!)

Substitute the brown sugar with agave and that recipe is actually probably healthy and may aid in weight loss.

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! Cute letter. I'm sure he'd love your pie. ;-)


6:58 PM  
Blogger ~M said...

This looks yummy, but I am gluten-free and can't eat the crust. Would the filling bake nicely on its own in a greased pie plate? Todah Rabah!

2:16 AM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...


Yes, the filling should be fine on its own!

10:15 AM  
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Sweet potato is a highly nutritious and an alternative for food for their valuable contents of carbohydrate, protein and carotene, which are necessary for normal development and even for the sexual development too, believe it or not. Sweet potato is really helpful for welfare and our body.

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