Recipe for Southern Sweet Potato Pie


by Ben Cook


This easy to follow Southern Sweet Potato Pie recipe is really a regular favorite. Though sweet potato pie may be considered excellent, old fashioned, soul food from the South, it is loved everywhere and served traditionally on Thanksgiving for dessert. Sweet Potato Pie may also be served as a side dish with a hearty meal. Leave off the whipped cream and you will have tasty side for you ham or turkey dinner. This next recipe is distinctive because it reminds you of Southern hospitality and comfort food with the addition of maple syrup giving it that additional kick that makes it so unique. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, potassium and nutritious carbohydrates, so go ahead and take pleasure in this dessert that's fantastic for your heart and pure manna for the tastebuds.

Southern Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients

3 Sweet Potatoes, baked and skinned (helpful hint below), 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1/4 Cup dark brown sugar, packed, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, two eggs, 6 Tablespoons heavy cream, 1/4 Cup pecans for garnish, 1 9? prepared pie pastry (I cheat and use store bought pre-made pie shells!)

Instructions

1. Prepare pastry in pie plate. Refrigerate until needed. 2. Preheat oven to 350F. 3 In big mixing bowl, mash sweet potatoes. To get a smoother filling, you could also run through a food processor, blender or food mill. 4. Add butter, syrup and sugar and continue mashing until smooth. 5. Whisk in cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs. 6. Thoroughly fold in cream. 7. Pour mixture into pie shell and garnish with pecans. 8. Bake for around 25 minutes or until the edges start to rise up. The center will appear not quite set.

Garnish with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Hints for baking the sweet potatoes

Clean potatoes and trim off the ends. Bake in 400 F oven for 45 minutes. Should you be making use of left over sweet potatoes, or baking them a day ahead, your pie may need further baking time.




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