“SWEET POTATO PONE”.  Have you ever heard of it?  It’s a very old Southern dessert that you don’t hear much about, but should!  You can sometimes find a recipe in a very old cookbook.  It is a deliciously sweet, spicy dish that is GLUTEN-FREE and uses grated sweet potatoes.  My mother-in-law told me she grated Sweet Potatoes for her grandmother for “pone” when she was just a little girl and has very fond memories of it.  Now, it wouldn’t receive a presentation award, but it could possibly win a taste award.  I love it.  Give it a try!   

SWEET POTATO PONE

4 medium Sweet Potatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs.)                                         1/2 t. nutmeg
2/3 C. butter (10 T.), softened                                                                 1/2 t. cinnamon
1 t. grated orange peel or 1/2 t. orange flavoring                                 1/2 t. cloves
1 t. vanilla flavoring                                                                                    1/2 C. firmly-packed dark brown sugar
1/2 t. salt                                                                                                          4 Eggs, well beaten
1 C. milk                                                                                                         1/3 C. Molasses
Grease or spray a 9 x 9 glass square dish.  Wash & peel Sweet Potatoes & cover with cold, lightly salted water & set
aside.  With mixer, cream the softened butter, flavorings & spices.  Add sugar gradually, creaming til fluffy after each addition.  Scrape down bowl.  Add beaten eggs gradually, beating thoroughly.  Stir in milk & molasses and set aside while grating ‘taters.  Drain and grate ‘taters using food processor or hand grater, enough to make 5 C., lightly packed.  Blend in well with liquid mixture and turn into dish (it will not look well blended, but that is normal).  Bake at 325 for 1 hr. or till ‘taters in center are very tender.  Top should be crusty and lightly browned.  Serve plain or with whipped cream.

Sweet Potato Pone

                                 Sweet Potato Pone