Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2017 - 66
A little off the beaten path, but with
breakfast pastries, cookies, donuts,
cupcakes and more, we don't think
you'll be disappointed by a stop at this
Boy, it's tough work having to research
pies and other baked goodies. Dessert for breakfast can also be called
"research," right? While you're exploring
the mountains, we recommend giving
these spots a try. Be sure to try the coconut cake...and the strawberry pie...and
the chocolate silk pie...well, you get the
idea. Life is short-eat that slice of pie!
The Sweet Shoppe of the South
576 East Main St., Suite D, Blue Ridge
The Bakery on Main
178 E Main St. , Morehead
Miss Angel's Heavenly Pies
153 N. Main St., Mt. Airy
Old Europe Pastries
13 Broadway St., Asheville
Please turn to page 70.
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* Fine Dining
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* Specialty Shops
* and Trails Galore!
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it in the oven to brown it up real good."
Johnson calculates that a sonker can
be made from scratch in less than 45
minutes, and that time even includes
the peeling of the peaches. Or, more often, the peeling of sweet potatoes. She
says sweet potato sonker is her favorite, and Surry County historian Marion
Venable agrees. "Sweet potatoes are the
queen of sonker," Venable tells us.
Venable interviewed members of
home demonstration clubs in the late
1970s and collected their recipes in a
booklet, first printed in 1980. My copy is
dated 2013, the year of the 34th Annual
Sonker Festival. The event continues to
be held, on the first Saturday in October
at the 1799 Edwards-Franklin House in
the western part of Surry County. The
first five recipes in the booklet are for
sweet potato sonker. Venable says most
of the contributors to the recipe collection are now deceased.
Mrs. C.L. Eads of Mount Airy put a
little vinegar in her sweet potato sonker.
Madge Gunnell of Ararat added cinnamon and nutmeg. Mrs. Gib Wolfe of