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When I was a little girl reading the American Girl books, a lot of the foods in the books captured my imagination, but none more than this sweet potato pudding. In Addy’s Surprise, Addy and her Momma are preparing for their first Christmas in Philadelphia. This story is really very sweet, though also heart wrenching, with lots of lessons about family and helping those less fortunate. Since Addy’s father, brother, and sister are all still being held as slaves, it’s just Addy and Momma for Christmas. This sweet potato pudding gives her comfort, since it is her Poppa’s favorite.
When I was a kid, reading about sweet potato pudding was a mystery to me. I didn’t think I knew what sweet potatoes were (I actually did, as we had them every Thanksgiving. Since we called them “yams” in our family, I didn’t know they were the same thing), but the way it’s described in the book sounded scrumptious.
I used to constantly browse the American Girl doll catalog as well, and one of the accessories you could buy for Addy was a sweet potato pudding kit. It came with a recipe and even a little doll-sized cast iron skillet to make it in. So cute! It made my desire to make sweet potato pudding even stronger.
Needless to say, finally making this pudding after decades of pining after it was a magical experience. To me, this sweet potato pudding is perfect in every way. The brown sugar adds a lovely flavor, and the edges of the pudding get delightfully chewy as it cooks. I used this recipe from AllRecipes.com, tweaking it a bit for my own taste preferences.
Addy’s Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- 1/4 tsp. cloves
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Use a sharp knife to slash a few holes in the skins of the sweet potatoes. This will allow the steam to escape as they cook so that they don’t explode in the oven.
- Bake the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet at 425 degrees F for 45 minutes.
- Allow the sweet potatoes to cool, then peel their skins off. You should be able to do this by hand.
- Mash the sweet potatoes in a bowl, and stir in the remaining ingredients.
- Pour the pudding into a baking dish or pie plate (you may need to use 2 dishes).
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.