Sweet Potato Pie and Variations

November 14th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

It's better than pumpkin pie


I started using sweetened condensed coconut milk after discussing my nieces dietary choices with my sister this season last year. At that time she was willing to eat eggs, but didn’t want to have any cream. Somehow I came across sweetened condensed coconut milk. Having previously used sweetened condensed dairy milk, I knew how simple it makes the recipe. This approach can also be used for pumpkin or squash pie.

Makes 2 x 9″ pies with bottom crusts:


12 oz flour
8 oz fat – I use lard or a combination of lard, but you can use crisco, butter, lard, tallow, duck fat etc…
4 oz cold water
1/2 tsp kosher salt
[pinch nutmeg and/or mace]

1 XL sweet potato, peeled and cut to 1″ cubes – about 1 1/2 lbs. You can use one large butternut squash in lieu of sweet potato. I find squash sweeter than sweet potatos, suggest lowering added sugar a bit.
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed coconut milk
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
upto to 1/4 cup brown sugar, maple syrup or birch syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Vegan Variation:
1 1/2 lbs, about one large sweet potato, peeled and cut to 1″ cubes
2 14 oz can sweetened condensed coconut milk
4 Tbs Corn Starch
1/4 tsp salt
upto to 1/4 cup brown sugar, maple syrup or birch syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves


Dough: Make the dough first as it’s best when it’s been rested for at least a 1/2 hour in the refrigerator after you add the water.

    Mix the flour and the salt well.
    Cut your choice of fat into the flour until the consistency is like “dry oatmeal”….this will vary due to your choice of fat, but generally you want the flour and fat well mixed, but not overworked.
    Add the cold water and use a fork or tablespoon to integrate.
    Ball up the dough by hand, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Dough is best in first 24 hours, but does keep longer.


Boil the cubed sweet potatos in lightly salted water for up to 30 minutes or until cubes fall apart when touched with a fork.
Strain and let cool until you can handle it.
Use a potato ricer or food processor to puree the strained sweet potatoes. Sometimes for a more rustic texture, I just use a potato masher and skip the finer texture.
Place the sweet potato puree into a mixing bowl and add the sweetened condensed coconut milk and eggs [or corn starch] and remaining dry ingredients. Mix well.

Pre-heat oven to 400F.

Roll out dough and fit to 9″ pie pans
Split filing between the 2 pie pans. I find jiggling the pans a bit side to side levels the filling.
Bake 10 mins at 400F
Then bake 45 mins at 400F.
Let cool fully. Vegan version should be refrigerated a few hours after cooling to room temperature to fully set.

Enjoy your pies!

2013 fall update

November 10th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

After some time off, I’m back to provide some updates. I’ve updated johngonter.com to be my home site for painting and mixed media art with a focus designed for fans and supporters. This site will be more broadly focused on sharing updates on music, Studio-G2 and its partners, and on life in general.

Toes in Atlantic in Indialantic, FL
Invigorating Sunday Sunrise


December 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Nordic Skiing with beats by Cut Chemist

Words, from a first time burner

September 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

“To communities that bond the eccentricities of humanity against fear & scrape socialized accessories into swords that chisel people down to their childlike cores. To sleeping in the footprints of dinosaurs & laughing against the silhouette of turtle clouds. To supernovas but more importantly to the bright stars that stride next to us. To living (emphatically) to the point of tears. In short, to Black Rock City” — friend of FF~

mad word and mad love


Burning Man Return

September 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I had a great return to the playa last week. I am warmed by the gift of great people and good and crazy times.

Cacophony CD is now pretty much out of print. If you still need the CD version, there are a few at CDBaby.


apple v. the world

January 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

While I’m widely known to be deep and long in Apple stuff, I like to think I’ve become this way for practical and aesthetic reasons. That said I’m no Apple evangelist. I will admit drawbacks and limitations in the products I own and use.

Since the release of the iPhone, I’ve followed the loudly vocal debate between the advocates of Apples approach and their many and varied opponents amongst technical literati, open source advocates and folks who just want something that Apple didn’t include. A few things seem notable, especially in light of this week’s debut of the iPad.

1. If the feature you want is not included, whatever that is, it can be hard to get over that. In my case, I’ve got devices and computing—well, covered. So with the iPad, I was interested, but I hardly was expecting myself to want one since there aren’t any “features” I feel I need, period. After thinking the iPad over, I’ll say I’m very interested.
2. If you can’t add kernel extensions, play FLAC files or set the default keyboard to dvorak, the thing is a failure.
3. I saw over a half dozen posts about the “dangerous threat” of Apple moving towards “closed,” such as the app store. “Computers were designed to be open…” Last time I checked, you can build a linux box for a weeks lunch money. No? Just because Apple wants to build devices with a controlled UI does not in any way cause you lose open computing. It’s just not what Apple does.
4. No flash? No comment, not worth the breath.
5. No upgradable parts? Why would that matter if the device can do what most users need it to? You can always design and build your own if you want/can.
6. Windows? Any current Macintosh computer is a viable PC, seems like we forget that. Not iPhone/iPad? Would you want Windows Mobile, really?
7. Again, if you want something Apple doesn’t provide, there are unlimited opportunities to buy, design or build what you want. Why is Apple bad for not building it the way you think it should be?
8. FUD. Somehow this is like telling me it’s the bartender’s fault I got drunk [which in many places in our country it is.] If you feel that Steve Jobs has brainwashed consumers into buying his under-featured, closed-sourced, limited, un-upgradable products against their best interests, shame on them for buying the stuff. I hold everyone responsible personally for anything they pulled the trigger on and bought. If Apple products don’t do what you need, don’t buy them.
9. Apple is way more expensive. This issue is subjective. If you don’t think the products are worth the money, no worries. In my case, I know how much time I spend in a Windows or Linux environment to accomplish what I do on a Mac. Macs do what I need best. That’s not you, just me.
10. Design, oh that?

liminimal : ambient trance

December 22nd, 2009 § Comments Off on liminimal : ambient trance § permalink

this is what i’m listening to now

listen, simple dance beat, all you need for your dancing ritual, release, torrent, etude, do it.

New Headshots

December 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

In the effort to improve my music brand, new headshots coming. Here is a fun one:

g5 headshot

g5 headshot

new pictures of the little farmhouse in the hood

December 6th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

I took all new picts around the place in December, 2009.

Click on the photo to go over the the slideshow page.

The Front Porch

The Front Porch

holidays :: yeah?

December 1st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

can i say this one thing? the holidays often are the hardest and not always happiest time, but if you embrace the moment, face fear, you move forward for us all.

love life and expect it.