Sunday, November 06, 2005

Sweet Potato Apple Pie


Sweet Potato Apple Pie Obachan's Version

Those living in Japan now might have heard about “potato-apple pie” by “RaPoppo (らぽっぽ).” It’s a pie with double-filling of a layer of cooked apples on another layer of sweet-potato paste. Inspired by their pie, which was my very favorite when I was living in Osaka, I made my version of sweet-potate apple pie today using frozen pastry sheets and a couple of kogyoku apples. I used this Japanese recipe for the sweet potato filling.


Though the crust at the bottom turned out a bit too soft, the combination of the sweet potato and the sweet-and-sour apples is nothing but excellent! Right now I’m enjoying a lovely tea time in this gloomy, gray, rainy November afternoon. ;)

22 comments:

OsloFoodie said...

Obachan, what an interesting combination, I am very tempted to try this. Did you have to add sugar in any of the fillings?

Jason Truesdell said...

I'm jealous of your pie.

On one trip, after being repeatedly tempted by the aroma of "La Poppo" sweet potato apple pie inside a train station's platform area, I thought I had to try it before going home.

Somehow I missed the chance to enjoy one with friends, but just before going back home to Seattle, I bought one on my way to the airport.

I thought I would eat a little in the airport, and a little bit between meals on the airplane. The pie is meant to be suitable for about 4 people assuming Japanese portioning. I ate about two "slices" and put it away for a while, but somehow I managed to dig into it again and polished it off before I got on my airplane... It's very dangerous to be in the position of waiting for an airplane, because there's nothing to do except eat or shop...

Mashed sweet potatoes and cooked apples are both common winter holiday side dishes in the US, so I don't know why I never thought of putting them together until seeing that pie... I think I'll have to recreate it sometime this winter, though.

carlyn said...

Obachan;
The pie looks delicious and the combination of the apple and sweet potato sounds wonderful.

KT121 said...

Rapoppo "らぽっぽ"!!
I used to love their sweet potato apple pie.Your version looks as delicious as theirs.Wish I'd been there with you^^!

Amber Amethryne said...

Your pie looks good! My younger sister made an apple pie (I'm a picky eater and I don't like potatoes) twice about 2 months ago and they were quite good. Hers had criss-cross like yours too.

obachan said...

OsloFoodie
Yep. To both apple and sweet-potato fillings. Especially, kogyoku apples I bought this time were so tart that I couldn't use them without adding a bunch of sugar.

Jason
I know exactly what you mean. I, too, tend to overeat while waiting at the airport. (And the food there is usually so expensive!!)
Have fun recreating a sweet potato apple pie at your place this winter!

carlyn
The combination is really good.

KT121
I guess I should have used a cookie pie shell instead of this “frozen pie sheet,” but I thought the frozen sheet would be more cost effective, especially when I wanted to decorate the top this way. ;P

Amber Amethryne
Sounds like there are many good cooks/bakers in your family. Lucky you! :D

Cheesywee said...

I have no idea how I came upon your blog but i'll definitely be visiting frequently :P...drools. sweet potatoes are my favorite and your pie just gave me inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Obachan, your pie looks so elegant and tasty. I love the idea of combining apples and sweet potato too.
umami
http://umami.typepad.com/umami/

glutton rabbit said...

Bachan! Rapopo looks and sounds delicious... wish I could try some...

Michi said...

Obachan, that sweet potato & apple pie gives me an idea for Thanksgiving coming up here! Did you pre-cook the kogyoku apple filling first? I'm considering trying to make this with the traditional American flavorings on both the apples and sweet potato.

obachan said...

Cheesywee
Thanks for dropping by :D I’m glad my pie gave you an inspiration.

umami
Oh hi! Long time no hear! : ) Does this pie look elegant?

glutton rabbit
Wish we could attach ourselves to emails and visit each other and enjoy yummy meals and desserts together! Someone’s got to make a great invention soon. Really.

Michi
Welcome to my blog! :D Yes. I did cook sliced apples with sugar and cinnamon beforehand. I thought it was safer to do that instead of tossing sliced apples with sugar-cinnamon mixture and spreading them on the potato paste to bake, because with the layer of paste at the bottom, the apples may not get enough heat to be thoroughly cooked. But it may depend on the amount of apples you use, so it may not be really necessary. The sweet potato filling I used was almost the same as regular American sweet potato pie filling, I suppose. Have fun experimenting and good luck on your Thanksgiving dessert!

Reid said...

Hi Obachan,

I love that pie and yours looks delicious too! In fact, I just got one here a while ago when they were at one of our local Japanese department stores. Your photo makes me want to eat it again.

obachan said...

You mean you had Rapoppo there at the department store? So it's easier for them to go to Hawaii than Shikoku, huh!

Reid said...

Hi Obachan,

Rapoppo comes about 3 times a year to a department store called Shirokiya. They used to be part of Tokyu a long time ago. The last store was sold several years back to some local folks (I think they might have been employees).

crystal said...

Oh, I really like this idea! What an interesting mixture. And thanks for the info on the Corn Chocolate...I am so excited to have tasted something so special!

obachan said...

Hi! Thanks for coming to let me know :)

Anonymous said...

Do you mind sharing your recipe for the Sweet Potato Apple Pie?

obachan said...

Sure. Please email me.

Rei said...

Hello Obachan,
I would like your apple sweet potato pie recipe also. However, I am not able to email you (I do not have Outlook). The Japanese cooking sites that link are not helpful for me (no Japanese program and no reading knowledge of kanji anyways). But it looks so good.
sakaijrei@yahoo.com

Rei said...

If you are unable to translate recipe I understand your position completely. Sumimasen deshita, shitsurei shimashita. I did not mean to be rude and was not thinking of problems of copyright,(not rude just ignorant).

obachan said...

Hi Rei,

I don't think you are rude or ignorant, so don't worry. You gave me your email address, so I can email you. :)

heny said...

Obachan,i've just make my first apple pie and when i'm looking for another good combination for my apple pie, i've found your pie...
looking at the pic makes me want to eat the pie immediately,unfortunately it can't be found in my place..
i really like the idea of combining sweet potato and apple pie... i do really love sweet potato and craving for apple pie..^^
by the way, would you mind sharing the recipe? i would like to try making this at home...i don't have outlook email, if you don't mind, here is my email yume_hikaru@hotmail.com..
thank you so much for sharing...and nice to know you...^^