I just completed a dry run of my upcoming Thanksgiving feast - a fancified version of turkey breast, a few of my favorite vegetable sides, and my first-ever sweet potato pie. The sweet potato pie may have been my first, but it certainly won't be my last. It's the perfect balance of textures and flavors: more soufflé-like than custardy in texture, with a crispy graham cracker and butter crust to keep each bite interesting. But in my opinion, it's the candied-nut cream topping, with its caramelized crunch and cool-whipped consistency, that makes me absolutely crazy for it. Like, stand-over-the-counter, just-one-more-piece-and-I'm-done crazy for it.
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From Real SimpleSweet Potato Pie With Candied-Nut Cream
1 pound sweet potatoes
12 graham crackers
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup candied nuts or peanut brittle, chopped
- Heat oven to 400°F. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork, place on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until very tender, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool, then halve and scoop out the flesh (discard the skins).
- Reduce oven to 350°F. In a food processor, process the graham crackers until fine crumbs form. Add the butter, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and pulse until moistened. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate, using a straight-sided dry measuring cup to help. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until dry and set, 10 to 12 minutes (if the crust puffs while baking, press it down gently). Let cool.
- Wipe out the food processor, and add the sweet potato flesh, condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and process until smooth (do not overprocess). Pour the mixture into the crust, and bake until set in the center, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Before serving, using an electric mixer, beat the cream on medium-high until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the nuts, and serve with the pie.
- Category: Desserts, Pies/Tarts
- Cuisine: North American
- Yield: Serves 8