The breakfast table is an important setting in Give the Lady a Ride. It’s where Patricia announces she’s going to sell the ranch, where the guys tease her for the first time, and where she first hears the words “heat-detecting” associated with cows. Some of my funniest and most touching scenes begin at breakfast.
And if I’d had a lick of sense, I would’ve included toast with sweet potato butter on the menu.
My sweet potato butter is derived from a pumpkin butter recipe, but since pumpkins have more water than sweet potatoes, I had to alter it a bit. This is a canning recipe, not a one-serving deal, so if you’re not familiar with water processing, take a few minutes to look it up (or write me. I’ll be glad to help).
Linda Yezak’s Sweet Potato Butter
- 3 1/2 cups canned or cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
- 1-1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 4 cups of sugar
- 1-1/2 cups brown sugar (light brown has a milder flavor, dark brown if you want it more fortfied)
- 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
- 1 3-ounce pouch of liquid pectin
- Have some water in a pot with a pour-spout at hand.
- Combine the potatoes and spices in an 8-quart pot, mixing until smooth and well-blended. Gradually stir in the sugars, and dot with the butter.
- Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. During this process, the potatoes may ball up or appear dry. Pour some water in, a third cup at a time (eye-ball it, don’t try to measure it out), to smooth it out. You’re aiming for a cooked-pudding consistency by the time you’re ready to add the pectin, so you may have to do this a time or two until the sugar is
- Once the sugar is dissolved, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the entire contents of the pectin pouch and return to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for one minute. Remove the pan from
the heat and skim off any foam.
- While it’s hot, ladle it into your jars, up to a quarter inch from the top. Wipe the rims and threads clean and cover with hot lids and apply screw rings. Process half-pint jars for 10 minutes and pint jars for 15 minutes in a water bath.
Makes three pint jars or six half-pints. Great on biscuits, crackers, toast–just about anything.
Two-time ACFW Genesis finalist Linda Yezak resides in the state of Texas, where tall tales out-number the cattle and exaggeration is an oratory requirement. Aside from being a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is also a member of Women Writing the West (WWW) and The Christian PEN. She has served as a judge for several writing contests, both nationwide and localized, and she is becoming a popular speaker in the ArkLaTexOK area. She is a free-lance editor and a content editor for Port Yonder Press. Her novel, Give the Lady a Ride, a western romantic comedy and 2008 Genesis finalist, debuted in March of 2011. She lives in the heart of a forest with her husband and three cats.
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