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A Holiday Pie

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I love to bake. One of the best parts of the holiday season to me is that there is A LOT of it. I have no preference candies, cakes, pies, bars, gimme all the yumminess. One of the recipes that I have enjoyed Thanksgiving through Christmas is my family’s Sweet Potato Pie. I know what some of you are thinking, Sweet Potato? For realzies? But trust, this is about to change your world.

Here is what you are going to need for the innards:

1 9 in. Pie Crust (the Pillsbury one from the store to me tastes the same as homemade and it saves you some extra time!)

1 1/4 C of Sweet Potatoes, cooked and mashed

1/2 C of evaporated milk

1/2 C of flaked coconut

6 Tbl Sp of butter

1/2 tsp of lemon extract

2 eggs, separated (KEEP YO WHITES…for the meringue)

2/3 C of granulated sugar
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First, pre-heat your oven to 350.  After you are done gathering and measuring your ingredients, just combine them together mixing them well and dump them in your pie shell.  It should look something like this:

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Don’t forget to spray your pie pan with some sort of cooking spray so you don’t have a sticky mess!  By then, your oven should be heated.  Like our hair, we have to snatch our pie’s edges by protecting them with tin foil around so the crust does not burn.  After that is added, stick that bad boy in the oven for 45 minutes.

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Now onto my fav, the meringue.  Here is what you will need:

4 egg whites (use the two you saved from the innards above+2)

1/4 C of granulated sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

It’s that simple for deliciousness.  What you are going to do next is beat your egg whites until they are foamy.  You can do this with a hand mixer, but if you do have a KitchenAid or any kind of stand mixer, that would probably be preferable.  Once foamy, slowly add in the sugar and vanilla. Then you will beat until stiff peaks form:

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Beautimus.  Now that you have your majestic meringue, gently spread that all the way to the edges of your pie, but don’t cover your crust, she needs her moment too girl.

Snatch those edges one more time being mindful of the meringue and pop it in the oven one more time at 400 degrees for about 5-10 minutes, or until the peaks are golden brown.

Finally, you have a pie as good as your soul that is ush and gush worthy at your next holiday function.

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