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This is my great-grandmother’s recipe, which I obtained by watching my grandmother (who turned 90 this year!) make them. Her version is more quaint than my own, being baked in a wood-heated oven and full of measurements such as “a pinch“, “enough to keep if from being sticky, but not enough to make it dry”, and other such specifics. šŸ˜‰

It took a fair amount of experimentation to get the oven temp and timing right — my grandmother varied this based on her best guess at the wood oven’s temperature on any given baking day — but it’s well worth the effort. This makes a fairly large batch and they keep very well for a long period in an air-tight container.

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This is a variation on my traditional squash pie, made for Thanksgiving and Christmas — my oldest likes the filling so much, that I thought doing it as simply a custard and adding in the sweet potato would give it a bit more of a nutitional punch without the extra fat that the pastry can bring.

I will tweak this a little the next time I make it and substitute honey for the brown and white sugars.

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My mom used to make these when I was a kid. They were from a recipe in the New Purity Flour Cook Book — a cookbook that had and still maintains a certain mystical appeal to me. I was thrilled beyond reason to be gifted a previously-loved copy of this book upon the death of an elderly neighbour.

After the pizza dough, this is the recipe I use most often. These squares have been lauded at potlucks, dessert parties and playgroups for the last five years and will likely be enjoyed by my friends and family for many more.

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