Local Bounty: April 1

Cane Patch Pies



Looking for some southern comfort—in the form of sweet potato pie? Look no further than the brothers of Cane Patch Pies. Jon and Tony Smalls, natives of South Carolina, both relocated here after serving in the Marine Corps and Army respectively. Jon was actually already in San Diego and hooked up with Venterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program at Archi’s Acres. According to his brother, Jon made the VSAT group their grandmother’s sweet potato pie. It was so impressive that he was told that was what he should create a business around. So, he called Tony and asked him to move here to help him. Tony also enrolled in VSAT and only last January did the brothers launch what is now Cane Patch Pies.

The brothers have a wide assortment of pies and sweet potato biscuits available for purchase on their website. They also now have booths at the Hillcrest and North Park farmers markets and the San Diego Public Market, where they sell slices of regular and vegetarian sweet potato pie, gluten-free sweet potato cookies, sweet potato brownies, and sweet potato biscuits. All are $3 each or two for $5. And, Tony, says, Whole Foods will be selling their sweet potato pies within the next couple of weeks at area stores. Their goal, says, Tony, is to open a small café, where they can serve customers full time.

Cane Patch Pies
Photo by Caron Golden

Sweet Potato Pie

All too often, sweet potato pie is heavy and overly sweet. Not these pies. It’s like eating sweet potato mousse—very light and rich in sweet potato flavor but just sweet enough. Add a dollop of whipped cream and you’ve got the perfect Sunday dinner dessert.

Sweet Potato Brownies

The brothers have a way with texture. These brownies, which have a touch of chocolate but really focus on the sweet potato, are the perfect sweetness and are wonderfully light—almost cakelike. Fabulous with a cup of coffee or tea.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Biscuits can be a tricky business. I’ve had some that turn rock hard if not eaten within moments of leaving the oven. These are not those, but they definitely benefit from reheating. And, of course, a warm biscuit just cries out for slathering with whipped sweet butter. Or dunking in maple syrup. Or drizzling with honey. On a plate with fried chicken or ribs? Count me in!

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Food and Drink

Restaurant reviews and food trends in San Diego

About This Blog

Restaurant reviews, food trends, top cocktails, wine, beer and generally the best eats and drinks in San Diego, with reporting (read: eating) lead by food editor Troy Johnson. Looking for the Erins? Erin Chambers Smith and Erin Meanley? Find their most recent musings over at the Around Town blog. And yes, we know that one needs a new name. We're working on it. 

Archives

Feed

Atom Feed Subscribe to the Food and Drink Feed »

Recent Posts

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Baja Moment
    In eight short years, Baja’s gone from a virtual dead zone to one of the globe’s top food and drink destinations. Now what?
  2. FIRST LOOK: Bottega Americano
    With Bottega Americano opening this weekend, Downtown gets its first gourmet food hall
  3. Wake Up And Smell the Coffee
    As American coffee culture moves past the nonfat vanilla lattes toward a more elevated brew, San Diego is right on trend
  4. San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2014
    Where to dine out, order catering, buy pies, and turkey-trot your way through the holiday
  5. Top Docs 2014: The Doctors
    Our annual list celebrating the best of the best in the healthcare field
  6. Top Doctors 2014
    732 physicians voted on by their peers in 71 specialties
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module