Sweet potato pie makes an easy, pretty Thanksgiving dessert
Sweet potatoes often make regular appearances in meals, whether as a starch or dessert.
This comforting, pretty and very simple pie makes a nice alternative to the more traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.
It’s made even easier if you take the shortcut of using a refrigerated crust – one of the best inventions ever, in this casual pie maker’s opinion. But if you have a pie crust recipe you like, please feel free to use it here.
And while I tout the marvels of refrigerated pie crust, I should also mention that home-made whipped cream is simple to make, and few things delight more than a hefty billow of sweet whipped cream on a pie.
The best sweet potatoes are the small to medium ones, which are sweet and creamy. Larger ones tend to be starchier. They should be firm and free of bruises or breaks, and their skin should be smooth.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant beta carotene (choose ones with darker skins for more of it), and also contain high levels of vitamin C and potassium.
Making the filling of this pie is simple, once you bake and mash the sweet potatoes.
EASY SWEET POTATO PIE
3 medium sweet potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds
1 refrigerated pie crust for a 9-inch pie
3 large eggs
Grated zest of 1 orange
⅔ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
Sweetened whipped cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prick the sweet potatoes in several places with a fork, and bake them right on the rack for 1 1/2 hours, until very soft. Leave the oven on. Remove and cool the potatoes until they are just slightly warm, then peel the skins off, and purée in a food processor or blender, or pass them through a ricer, and place in a large bowl. You should have about 1¼ to 1½ cups purée.
Unroll the prepared pie crust and fit it into a nine-inch pie plate. Attractively crimp the edges of the crust. (Or if you’ve purchased a pre-made pie crust already in the pan, skip this step).
For the filling, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and orange zest. Whisk in the puréed sweet potatoes, and then add the sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt, and whisk into the sweet potato mixture until blended. Slowly whisk in the cream until well combined. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.
Bake the pie for about 50 to 60 minutes, until the filling is set. You can test this by inserting a sharp knife near the centre; when it comes out clean, the pie is done. The pie will be a bit puffed up when it comes out of the oven, and then sink slightly as it cools.
Cool the pie completely on a wire rack. You can serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to two days.
Oh, and while the pie is cooling, whip that cream!
Serve the pie sliced, with whipped cream if desired.
Katie Workman writes regularly about food for The Associated Press. She has written two cookbooks focused on family-friendly cooking, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook. She blogs at http:// www . themom 100.com/about- katie -workman.