Traditional Baking: The Foxfire Americana Library - Foxfire Students, Foxfire Students (2011)

PIES

TAME GOOSEBERRY PIE—Mix 2 cups of berries with 3/4 cup of sugar, and cook, stirring to mash the berries, until thick. Make some plain biscuit dough, roll out, and cut into 1” wide strips. Pour the berries into a pie plate, lay the strips of dough crosswise on the berries, and bake at about 450° until the crust is done.

SWEET POTATO PIE

2 cups sweet potatoes, diced and cooked

2/3 cup molasses

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup sweet milk pinch of salt

biscuit dough

other spices if desired

Mix together all the ingredients except the dough and bring to a boil. Cut rolled dough into cubes and drop into boiling mixture. Put thin slices of dough on top. Put pan in oven and bake until crust is brown.

BLACKBERRY COBBLER

Blackberry, enough for one pie

sugar to taste

butter, small amount

biscuit dough, enough for several biscuits

Cook the blackberries until they come to a boil, add as much or little sugar as you want, and then add some butter. Cook until thick. Roll out the dough, cut as for biscuits, and drop into the blackberries. Then roll some dough thin, cut into strips, and place on top of the blackberries. Set the pan in the oven until the crust on top is brown.

MOLASSES CANDY—Combine 1 cup of molasses, 1 cup of water, a few grains of salt. Boil ingredients (do not stir) to hard ball stage. Remove from the fire, and let stand until cool enough to hold in well greased hands. After pulling for some time it will change from brown to a yellowish color. Cut into pieces.

AUNT ARIE’S RECIPE FOR EGG CUSTARD

(Cooked on a wood stove)

Plain biscuit dough

One egg

1 cup sweet milk

1 handful flour

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teacup of sugar

Line a small pie pan with plain biscuit dough rolled thin. Then, in a separate bowl, mix up one egg (beaten well), one cup of sweet milk, a handful of flour, a teaspoon of nutmeg, a half a teacup of sugar.

Mix it all up well, pour it into the crust, and, using just a little wood so the fire won’t be too hot, bake it slowly until it sets. It will “blubber up”—or bubble, and then the bubbles will settle.

At this point, it is ready to eat. Serves four.