Friday, January 29, 2016

a book review: a plantiful table // sweet potato pie + giveaway!

Sweet Potato Pie
Does anyone else read their cookbooks like a novel or am I the only one?
The Plantiful Table has been one of the Cookbooks of 2015 that I have been waiting for - when the opportunity to review the book was presented I jumped at the opportunity. I have been following Drea's blog for a couple of years now and fell in love with her approach on feeding Marlowe and how her family treated meal time and food in general.


Sweet Potato Pie

When selecting the recipe to share with you I actually thought Sweet Potato Pie was a savory side dish....you see, I have never had sweet potatoes in a dessert.  I actually never had a sweet potato until I met Justin, about 12 years ago. Now I can't get enough bright orange goodness.

Sweet Potato Pie
Like any pie you start with pie dough. Making your own dough is really, really easy. Please don't let this part of the process intimidate you. Of course, if you can find a vegan pre made pie crust go ahead and use that. However, I promise you making your own pie dough is so rewarding and very easy. I used my go to pie dough recipe which has yet to fail me.

Sweet Potato Pie

The recipe calls for sugar and I opted to used date sugar in place of regular sugar which worked beautifully in the filling. After tasting the filling I was actually tempted to skip the whole pie thing and just eat the filling, it was that good.

Sweet Potato Pie
My pie baked up in about 30 minutes versus the 40-60 minutes outlined in the book-  the baking time all is dependent on your crust and oven. 
Sweet Potato Pie
I really enjoyed the stories that went along with each recipe and Kid Friendly notes was a nice touch as well. This book really shows you how easy plant based eating as a family can be - Drea makes it look effortless with easy, approachable recipes based around seasonal whole plant based foods.
Sweet Potato Pie
Not only is Drea and The Experiment allowing me to share with you this amazing recipe but also host a giveaway!!! For your chance to win your very own copy of The Plantiful Table enter below!

{The giveaway will run until 12:00am EST on 2-5-16 and is open to US residents only. 
Please use the box below to enter.} 
Sweet Potato Pie


Sweet Potato Pie // from The Plantiful Table
Makes one 9-inch (23 cm) pie

I created this pie for my extended family, who are intense in their quest for all-things-sweet-potato. Mashed, fried, grilled, baked—you name it, and they’ll devour it. I’ve put my own spin on a sweet potato pie by making it with coconut fat, which adds a smooth richness that’s almost magical. Although I’m generally not a big fan of sweet potatoes (both Marlowe and I will happily eat a creamy sweet potato soup, but we pass on sweet potato fries), the addition of coconut milk to this recipe made me fall in love with sweet potato pie. It’s wonderful paired with vanilla bean ice cream, so be sure to try it that way, too!

·         One 14-ounce (400 ml) can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
·         ⅓ cup (104 ml) maple syrup
·         2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
·         2½ cups (500 g, or about 2 medium) cooked, peeled, and pureed sweet potato*
·         ½ cup (113 g) sugar
·         2 teaspoons vanilla extract
·         Cinnamon for sprinkling on top (optional)
·         Pie crust, refrigerated until ready for use

1.       Carefully, without shaking it, open the can of refrigerated coconut milk, scoop out the fat (the thick white cream that sits on top), and place it into a food processor. Keep the liquid that’s left over in the can—you’ll use it later.
2.      Add the maple syrup and arrowroot and blend until completely smooth.
3.      Add the sweet potato, sugar, and vanilla and puree, mixing in coconut water as needed. You want the filling to be a thick, very smooth, almost paste-like cream.
4.      Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
5.      Pull the refrigerated dough from the fridge and place it on a floured surface. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch (30 cm) circle. It doesn’t have to be perfectly round; just make sure it’s large enough to fit your pie dish. Carefully press the rolled-out crust into the dish and cut off the extra dough around the edges using scissors or a sharp knife.
6.      Scoop the filling into the pie pan.
7.      If you prefer a two-crust pie, you can take the extra dough and re-roll it out to make shapes or a lattice for the top. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon, if using.
8.      Bake the pie until the crust begins to brown. This could be anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes, depending on your oven. Once the crust is golden brown, remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
9.      Serve at room temperature, or sometimes slightly chilled is preferable. Refrigerate any leftovers.

*You can bake or boil the sweet potatoes—I wrap mine in aluminum foil and bake them at 450°F (230°C) for 1 hour, then peel off the skin after they cool down a bit.


Credit line: Recipe from The Plantiful Table: Easy, From-the-Earth Recipes for the Whole Family, copyright © Andrea Duclos, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com 


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32 comments:

  1. My mother used to make a super simple stroganoff with egg noodles, packet gravy and frozen meatballs. I've changed the recipe up quite a bit to use homemade mushroom gravy, veggie noodles and tempeh meatballs.

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    1. Love Stroganoff it was one of my favorite dinners my mom made growing up!

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  2. That sounds delicious!
    My mum used to make this amazing risotto with peas and luckily it's fairly easy to make a vegan version and it's just so comforting.

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  3. I always read my cookbooks when they arrive like a long anticipated novel. I savor the ingredients and especially the pictures. Thanks for this opportunity to win another lovely book.

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  4. Sweet potatoes are the best food ever. The make the best desserts and there are so many different recipes!

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  5. I really liked my mom's crockpot creations but she never used a recipe so I couldn't recreate them if I tried! They were always warming and cozy to eat, and they made the house smell great while they cooked all day.

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    1. That is the best thing about crockpot cooking, coming home to a house that smells so good!

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  6. My favorite family inspired dish is homemade pizza, not really a dish...more of a plate! It's an ode to my Italian roots, I've somewhat Americanized it but sometimes we serve up Grandma's recipe!

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  7. I can't wait to make this. I love sweet potatoes. I love when recipes are easy.

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  8. OOPS I was so excited about the recipe, I didn't read what I was supposed to reply on. I love making homemade spaghetti sauce just like my mother already did.

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    1. Growing up my granpa and I had a tradition of Spaghetti Wednesday- loved when that day of the week rolled around!

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  9. My mom makes the best potato pancakes! I've never truly appreciated how much work goes into them until I grated the potatoes myself.. so much respect for her making them as often as she did!

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  10. Oh man, sweet potato pie is the best! I really need to make one myself very soon. I think my favorite family-inspired dish is a big vat of classic mashed potatoes. So creamy and delicious. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    1. That is Justin's fave too- Mashed Potatoes!

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  11. This pie looks scrumptious! My favorite family inspired recipe is Left-Over Pie. After the family has enjoyed whatever get together, we take the leftovers and layer them in a casserole dish and bake for dinner the next night. It used to be turkey & gravy, etc. but since I went plant based it's Thankful loaf, mashed potatoes, any kind of squash or sweet potato or root veg just layered and covered with mushroom gravy and baked! Yum! And now I'm hungry!

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  12. My mom's fancy "company dish" was Chicken Marbella/Mirabella... super easy and super impressive looking :)

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    1. I love that your Mom had a "company dish"

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  13. I love winter stews with big chunks of vegetables. They remind me of growing up and cooking with my mom!

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    1. Me too, beef stew is my all time comfort stew!

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  14. My favorite is a hearty vegetable soup, especially this time of year!

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    1. I really love any kind of soup, especially this time of year :)

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  15. I love pasta with pesto as a delicious family dish!

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  16. Taco Salad has been adapted to vegan and been a family favorite for over 25 years. =)

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  17. Mexican rice and bean casserole with guacamole and corn chips!

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  18. A really hearty soup with beans, veggies and pasta!

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  19. I always associate soup with family. I loved my mom's french onion soup and chicken noodle soup back in the day... now she sometimes makes a vegan version of french onion soup :-)

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  20. A crockpot chicken, kale, carrot soup. Perfect for winter nights!

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