Soul food recipes have the robust southern taste many people love. For example, crunchy and flavorful fried chicken, succulent ribs that almost fall off the bone, collard greens or golden-brown hot- buttered cornbread.
The taste of the south attracts food lover’s from around the globe. That same reputation includes southern dessert favorites, more specifically the pies, oh-the pies. They’re the perfect way to top off a tasty southern meal, that is if you remembered to save a little room for them.
I polled a sample of my readers on their favorite soul food pies, I received a good collection of data with a few surprises. But for the most part the traditional favorites won out. Many commented on eating certain pies on holidays and others love to consume them whenever they feel the mood. But they all had pleasant descriptions, memories and emotions attached to their favorite soul food recipe for making pies. Whatever method or style they chose, the results were the same – satisfying.
For example, some used their great-grandmothers recipe, handed down for generations. They included rich ingredients such as cream, butter and heaping tablespoons of nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Others went healthier and lighter by using light butter, and a tiny hint of the other traditional ingredients.
Here’s a list of the top 3 soul food pies voted by readers.
1. Sweet Potato Pie – This is an all-time favorite and always toward the top of most southern cuisine lovers favorite pie list. A must for the holidays, but always welcome during any family gathering or special occasion. Most people eat it hot, but many can also consume it cold, especially if eaten in the hot summer months.
2. Deep-Dish Apple Pie – This is another favorite southern dessert. An excellent dessert to top off the main course of any soul food recipe. Especially good hot or cold and goes great with a dab of homemade ice cream on the side or right on top if you prefer.
3. Lemon Meringue Pie – Creamy tangy and tasty. This is a summer time favorite after the barbecue. There’s nothing the like the cool texture of a good meringue, creamy lemon filling and flaky crust to end a good summer meal.
These are the top 3 soul food desserts most of my readers loved. Fortunately these were also the easiest to prepare. Simple ingredients and easy preparation. Each can go great after any southern meal or eaten as a welcome late-night snack. You can go traditional with heavier ingredients or you can go healthier with lighter ingredients. Try one today.
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