the first dessert I baked for my then-fiance was red velvet cake, and he was hooked...I love to cook, and my 3 daughters are following in my footsteps. This is a collection of recipes that we love. Feel free to comment - good, bad, indifferent - if you try any, let me know how they turn out.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sweet Potato Casserole

We made this for Thanksgiving - it's become a mainstay


4 cups sweet potato, cubed
1/2 cup white sugar (we use less)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans (**optional, but if you omit nuts decrease butter to 2 tbsp)

1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash.

2.In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish.

3.In medium bowl, mix the sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture.

4.Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.

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