Soul Food Desserts
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Sister Chestermae Hayes’s Apple Butter Pie
Imagine a pumpkin pie made with jarred apple butter in place of the usual canned pumpkin. It’s the perfect home-baked treat to cap off a cozy autumn supper. Patty suggests sprinkling pecan pieces over the whipped cream or ice cream before serving. We opted for grated fresh nutmeg. This recipe comes from Patty Pinner's cookbook Sweety Pies (tauntonstore.com).
Aint Sug’s Punkin’ Puddin’
My My’s Brown Sugar Pound Cake
Vertamae Grosvenor’s Coconut Custard Meringue Pie
A cloud of toasty meringue tops creamy coconut pudding in a recipe from Patty’s friend and fellow soul-food queen. Though not difficult, the filling for this pie does require attentive cooking. This recipe comes from Patty Pinner's cookbook Sweety Pies (tauntonstore.com).
Aint Helen’s Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Miss LaLou’s Bourbon Balls
Redemption Hazelnut Pie
Apricot Jam Tart
Miss Rosa Lee’s Oatmeal Cookies
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Patty Pinner's family moved from Mississippi to Michigan in the 1940s as part of the Great Migration of African-Americans to work in the auto industry. In her memoirlike cookbooks—Sweets ($20, crownpublishing.com) and Sweety Pies ($23, tauntonstore.com)—you can hear the laughter of aunts and cousins around the kitchen table and smell the yam cake cooling in the window.