Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sweet Potato Pie

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I have a confession to make. I had never made or tasted a sweet potato pie until this evening. We are pumpkin people and the similarity between the two types of pie assured that the one made with sweet potatoes would be given short shrift. That changed when I paged through the October special collectors issue of Saveur magazine. It featured 101 of the 150 classic recipes that had been chosen to celebrate publication of the magazine's 150th issue. I love this magazine, and, as I read through the recipes they had chosen, I made a mental commitment to make every recipe in the special issue. My original plan was to start the effort in January, but when I saw the vibrant color of this sweet potato pie I knew I had to move up my time table and include it as part of our holiday dinner. The pie was created by Mrs.Bonner who owned a cafe in Crawfordville, Georgia. As I understand it, this was the only dessert she served and somehow in their travels, Jane and Michael Stern, authors of Roadfood.com, stumbled on the cafe and were attracted to the bright color of the pie. They sampled it and liked it so much that they begged for the recipe, and, proving yet again, that good things come to those who wait, they finally were given a copy. They attribute the color of the pie to the use of boiled, rather than baked, sweet potatoes. The fact that no spices are added to the custard probably helps as well. Those of you who love sweet desserts will be in heaven. It is delicious. This is very easy to prepare and it makes a perfect holiday dessert. I hope you will give it a try. Here's how this version of sweet potato pie is made.

Sweet Potato Pie...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Jane and Michael Stern and Saveur magazine


1-3/4 cups flour
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled, plus 8 tablespoons melted and cooled
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups boiled and mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten


1) Place flour, 8 tablespoons chilled butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor, and pulse until pea-size crumbles form. Add 1/4 cup ice-cold water; pulse until dough forms. Form dough into a ball and transfer to floured work surface; form into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2) Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together 8 tablespoons melted butter and salt, sweet potatoes, sugar, milk, vanilla, and eggs until smooth; set filling aside.
3) Unwrap dough and transfer to a floured work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll until 1/8-inch thick. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan and trim excess dough from edges. Crimp edges with a fork or your fingers. Pour filling over crust and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Bake until crust is lightly browned and filling is set, about 1 hour. Let cool completely before serving. Y
Yield: 8 servings.

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RSA Online said...

Wow! I love pie... I really do. And I will try that in my house.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

It does look heavenly! Just the thing for my remaining stash of sweet potatoes! Hope you have a lovely holiday.

Diane said...

We love sweet potatoes so will certainly try this out. We never have pumpkin or sweet potato any way other than as a vegetable so all the new puddings are quite different for us. Take care Diane

Tanna said...

I know this one is yummy!! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving, Mary. blessings ~ tanna

auchwas said...

Great pie, this type of sweet potato is wonderful. Totally my taste. Thank you for this wonderful idea. Best wishes and a lovely Thanksgiving. Ingrid.

From the Kitchen said...

I stated on Facebook that I really didn't care so much for pumpkin pie. "It's like eating a vegetable for dessert", I said. I do like sweet potato pie and don't think of it as eating a vegetable!!

Have a delicious Thanksgiving, Mary.


Priya Suresh said...

Heaven in the plate,super beautiful pie.

Kim said...

Never taste a dessert made with sweet potatoes... Now I'm willing to try this pie!

sississima said...

looks delicious, bye SILVIA

Unknown said...

Living in the South, Sweet Potato Pie is a popular holiday dessert but I haven't had one for a long time. Your's is making me really hungry for this yummy treat!

Joanne said...

I rarely see sweet potato pies hanging around but I definitely want to try this!

David said...

Mary, My wife doesn't like sweet potatoes and neither of us has ever had sweet potato pie. Looks good though and given the opportunity, I'd certainly give it a try! Have a great Thanksgiving...and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Gloria Baker said...

I asore sweet potatos, and this look amazing Mary, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Mary!!

Unknown said...

Oooohh... I love sweet potato pie! This looks fabulous, Mary. And no worries that it took you so long to try it, as long as you tried it :)

Beverly said...

I'm so glad you tried this. It is my husband's favorite pie, and I bake it for him with love.♥

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