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Sonkers are juicy, deep-dish, rectangular pies, specific to Surry County, North Carolina. They’re often topped with a “dip,” a glaze made from thickened sweetened condensed milk. Golden Delicious apples and black plums provide the fruity filling In our sonker recipe. While it cooks, the fruit filling bubbles up between the piecrust lattice strips, making this summertime treat look as good as it tastes.
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Tip: If you use pre-rolled, store-bought pie pastry, piece it together to make a rectangle. Use the scraps for the lattice.
Use 5 cups blackberries instead of plums. Use white sugar instead of brown. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Sweet-Potato Plum Sonker
Use 1¼ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, halved and very thinly sliced instead of apples. Use dark brown instead of light brown sugar and increase it to 1 cup. Increase the cinnamon to 1½ teaspoons and add ½ teaspoon nutmeg. Increase the butter to 4 tablespoons. Sprinkle the top of the sonker with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Bake for 10 minutes at 450°F. Reduce to 350°F and bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Serve with sweetened yogurt or sour cream.