Like anyone who values human decency, our hearts broke with the latest injustices towards the Black community brought to light over the last few weeks. We’ve refrained from posting our usual food content: 1) because, honestly, we lost our appetites; and 2) carrying on “per usual” didn’t feel appropriate when their was more purposeful work calling us all to – learning about, listening to & acting on resources to foster solidarity with the Black community worldwide. Our family is committed to continuing our Black Lives Matter education and living our learnings out within our own community. Amidst the heaviness, though, I came across this beautiful story of Rose McGee’s Sweet Potato Comfort Pies project – one pie at a time, this initiative brings hope and healing to her Minnesota community & beyond, a calling Rose had in 2014 as an extention of love to families grieving lives taken by racially motivated crimes.
Food is a love language when words & ways to process emotions are hard to find. We contacted SweetPotatoComfortPie.org and requested permission to share Rose’s Recipe with our community – they graciously approved. So, while we all continue to learn & open our hearts to the important social justice & human rights matters at the forefront, I hope we can all be like Rose, and spread a little love, healing & comfort to those struggling in our own communities one pie or meal at a time.
“Sweet potato pie is the ‘sacred dessert’ of Black people, and it has power. Not only does it give us energy, this pie links us to history, it soothes our spirits and renews us for the much- needed work.” ~Rose McGee
ROSE MCGEE’S SWEET POTATO COMFORT PIE
(makes one 9” pie and one to two loaves of bread):
– 4 medium size sweet potatoes, cooked
– 2 cups granulated sugar
– ½ cup brown sugar
-1 stick of butter, melted
-2 eggs, lightly beaten
-1 teaspoon ginger
-1 tablespoon nutmeg
-1 tablespoon cinnamon
-2 tablespoons vanilla extract
-1 cup milk (whole, evaporated or condensed)
-1 teaspoon lemon extract
-2 unbaked pie shells
In a large mixing bowl, mash the cooked sweet potatoes. Using a hand-mixer or KitchenAid™ type mixer, blend
in sugar. Blend in eggs. Blend in melted butter. One at a time, add next 6 ingredients; mix well. Pour into pie shells. Preheat oven at
400 degrees; then reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake for 60- minutes. Remove from oven. Allow pies to set (firm) for at least 30 minutes.
Eat warm or allow to cool longer before eating. Note: Sweet potato pie can be left at room temperature up to two days without
refrigeration. Can be refrigerated up to one week and remain fresh. Can also be frozen.
*Copyright SweetPotatoComfortPie.org – Permission to Post recipe obtained*
Rose McGee's Sweet Potato Comfort Pie
- Hand Mixer or Artisan Stand Mixer
- 4 medium size sweet potatoes cooked
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick butter melted
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tbsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk whole, evaporated or condensed
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 2 unbaked pie shells
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the cooked sweet potatoes. Using use a hand-mixer or KitchenAid™ type mixer, blend in sugar. Blend in eggs. Blend in melted butter. .
- One at a time, add next 6 ingredients; mix well. Pour into pie shells.
- Preheat oven to 400° F; then reduce heat to 350° F. Bake for 60 - minutes. Remove from oven. Allow pies to set (firm) for at least 30 minutes. Eat warm or allow to cool longer before eating. Note: Sweet potato pie can be left at room temperature up to two days without refrigeration. Can be refrigerated up to one week and remain fresh. Can also be frozen.
Each pie is packed with love & hugged with a poem by Rose’s daughter – Pastor Roslyn Harmon
From the community of Golden Valley, Minnesota to wherever you reside
may this sweet potato pie soothe
and warm your insides.
Take time to laugh, cry and
remember those you love,
but never forget your
strength that comes from above.
From family to community
and community to your heart
unity and peace is where
comfort and joy start.
So today be BLESSED
remember to eat, pray and love
as you partake in making a difference,
for there is much to be proud of. Enjoy!