1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 cups mashed, canned sweet potatoes
1 tsp Maple Extract
1 tsp Gingerbread Spice Blend
3 scrapes from a whole Nutmeg
1/4 Vanilla Bean Sea Salt
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Okra. Gumbo. Greens. There are so many dishes that are directly tied to the slave trade – a period in our history that is tied to arguably the most complex foodway: Creole Cuisine.

Sweet potatoes carry great weight and symbolism for Black Americans. This dessert honors the work of George Washington Carver, the renowned chemist. Because of his work, this sweet spud is known for its nutrition and as a staple on holiday tables.

For our version. we bring in Gingerbread Spice Blend with its cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Pure Maple Extract helps to point up the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.

We wrote about this beautiful pie in our 2017 Holiday Lookbook: Celebrate Tradition.


1.In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
2.Add evaporated milk, sweet potatoes, Maple Extract, Gingerbread Spice, nutmeg, and Vanilla Bean Sea Salt. Mix well.
3.Pour into pie shell. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.
4.Reduce heat to 350°; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
5.Cool. Store in refrigerator.

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