My son had a school picnic today, and being a typical tired, stressed out parent, I didn’t pay attention until the last minute. So about 7:30 this morning I realized we were supposed to bring a dessert. I decided to bake a sweet potato pie using my grandmother Iuka’s recipe from Arkansas. But how fast could I do it?

Ingredients for crust

Crust ingredients all gathered.

I got started at eight-to-eight.

I got started at eight-to-eight. Newcastle were playing Aston Villa in the background.

Sweet potatoes ready to be prepared.

Sweet potatoes ready to be prepared.

Chopping up blocks of butter for the crust.

Chopping up blocks of butter for the crust.

Mixing the crust at 7:56.

Mixing the crust at 7:56.

Someone arrived to "help" if needed.

Someone arrived to “help” if needed.

All mixed at 7:58.

All mixed at 7:58.

The dough was ready to roll. I set it aside at 8:00 sharp to start on the potatoes.

The dough was ready to roll. I set it aside at 8:00 sharp to start on the potatoes.

Potatoes ready at 8:05.

Potatoes ready at 8:05.

Peeled by 8:08.

Peeled by 8:08.

Chopped by 8:09.

Chopped by 8:09.

Sliced sweet potatoes boiling.

Sliced sweet potatoes boiling.

I got the dough out of the fridge at 8:13 to roll it out.

I got the dough out of the fridge at 8:13 to roll it out.

By 8:15 it was flattened and ready.

By 8:15 it was flattened and ready.

I checked the size of the round at 8:16.

I checked the size of the round at 8:16.

And then fitted it carefully into the dish a minute later.

And then fitted it carefully into the dish a minute later.

One minute to trim the edges.

One minute to trim the edges.

I added foil and ceramic weights to keep the crust from bubbling up while baking it a little.

I added foil and ceramic weights to keep the crust from bubbling up while baking it a little.

A closeup of the weights.

A closeup of the weights.

Ingredients for the filling, ready at 8:25.

Ingredients for the filling, ready at 8:25.

More "help" arrived!

More “help” arrived!

The crust was done baking by 8:33.

The crust was done baking by 8:33. Thirteen minutes at 350 degrees firmed it up a bit.

Butter and sugar for the pie filling.

Butter and sugar for the pie filling.

The boiled bits of sweet potato, ready to be pureed.

The boiled bits of sweet potato, ready to be pureed.

At 8:35 the sweet potatoes were pureed.

At 8:35 the sweet potatoes were pureed.

I try to clean as I go, but it ain't always easy, especially when I'm in a hurry!

I try to clean as I go, but it ain’t always easy, especially when I’m in a hurry!

Two cups of mashed sweet potatoes, and a bit more for a big pie like this one.

Two cups of mashed sweet potatoes, and a bit more for a big pie like this one.

Filling ready to mix at 8:38.

Filling ready to mix at 8:38.

Mixing the pie filling.

Mixing the pie filling.

Ready to pour into the pie shell at 8:41.

Ready to pour into the pie shell at 8:41.

Poured into the shell at 8:43.

Poured into the shell at 8:43.

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!

Into the oven a moment later.

Into the oven a moment later.

Pie done baking at 10:10. A big pie like this takes 75 minutes or more at 350 degrees F.

Pie done baking at 10:10. A big pie like this takes 75 minutes or more at 350 degrees F.

All done!

All done!

After the picnic -- everyone loved it!

After the picnic — everyone loved it!

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