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Sweet Potato Pie

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Each year at Instructables we have a holiday cook-off, where everyone makes a traditional holiday dish and we compete to see whose is the best and which recipe will climb the pageview ranks.  I needed something slightly different than my award-winning Pumpkin Pie, and so choose Sweet Potato Pie.

This Sweet Potato Pie recipe is a triangulation of three recipes:  The Best Sweet Potato Pie from Cooks Illustrated; Sweet Potato Meringue Pie from Gourmet Today; and Sweet Potato Pecan Pie from Rosie's Bakery All-Butter, Fresh Cream, Sugar-Packed, No-Holds-Barred Baking Book.

I thought Cooks Illustrated's recipe didn't have enough fat and the others were lacking in flavors besides sweet.  Putting them together yields a pie that's rich without being heavy and is clearly sweet potato (including small chucks of sweet potato flesh), but has complimentary flavors of whiskey, molasses, and caramelized brown sugar. 

 
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Step 1: Ingredients

Sweet Potato Pie Filling
2 pounds sweet potatoes (see the size of my 6 in the images)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
3 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons whiskey (Cooks Illustrated suggests bourbon; use whatever whiskey type you've got!)
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

Crust
1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut apart in a bunch of small pieces
1/4 cup vegetable shortening - non-hydrogenated palm oil if you can find it; Crisco or crisco-like shortening if you can't
2 tablespoons cold vodka
2 tablespoons water

jrossetti4 years ago
I used two pie tins that were the same size instead of lining the inside of the crust with foil - I'm still a beginner-level aluminum foil user.  I still used weights.  It worked pretty well.
ewilhelm (author)  jrossetti4 years ago
Great idea.  I'll see if that works for me.

If you have any pictures, post a Slideshow or Instructable!
possum8884 years ago
 Looks delicious! In New Zealand, this would be called Kumara Pie :)
JohnJY4 years ago
Great time for an Instructable! My local market-place was having a sell on sweet potatoes, so I just got done putting it in the oven! Thanks a ton! 
canida4 years ago
Tasty, but not in the same league as last year's award-winning pumpkin pie, or my eggnog. ;)
Joe Martin4 years ago
This looks delicious, I'm not all that keen on pies like this but the fact I love sweet potato and like trying new things will mean that I will be making this!

=D
microman1714 years ago
Don't you think featuring this is cheating?  :-P

I thought it was a well made instructable.  So it should be!  You are the owner after all =)

I will have to give this a shot!


jtp1394 years ago
mmm, sounds yummy, i'm gonna try it for thanksgiving!
Ninzerbean4 years ago
I am a big fan of Kettle One but you don't say why you put it in the pie crust. What does it do? Baking is science, I just need to know the "why" of this. Great photos and 'ible. BYW, I make my pumpkin pies with butternut squash, no one can tell and they always say mine are the best pumpkin pies. Shhhhhh.
ewilhelm (author)  Ninzerbean4 years ago
The vodka helps get the water balance in the pie crust right for mixing, but evaporates during baking.  Check out the other pie crust Instructables for more information.
jrossetti4 years ago
I will have to try this tonight with mini tart pans in my toaster oven.