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Megan Best
Megan Best

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Sweet Potato Pie with Crushed Pecan Crust

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I truly think pie is the greatest dessert on earth. I’m serious- every year on my birthday my mom makes me a chocolate pie that tastes just like brownie batter and puts a candle in it. And at our wedding next year (if it actually ever happens) we are having a pie bar and no wedding cake, much to my sister’s disappointment. And I don’t discriminate- I love fruit pies, pecan pies, pumpkin, chocolate, lemon meringue, cream based pies…I honestly cannot think of a pie I wouldn’t like.

A twist on your classic pumpkin that is just as creamy but with a sweet and salty homemade crust. Added bonus: it’s gluten free!

I always try to make a pie to bring to Tyler’s family’s house for Thanksgiving because I know that’s what I’ll want (yes, I am very selfish when it comes to dessert) and I think this might be the one. It was just so EASY to make, which we love in a dessert. I might bring two desserts…we’ll see how that week goes! We are heading up to Philadelphia on Wednesday, as long as our pre-trip Covid tests go well. What a 2020 sentence.

I love sweet potato pie for many reasons. First being that it’s just slightly different from pumpkin, and I love a unique pick. The filling is a little less gelatinous and a little more crumbly than pumpkin, which I personally enjoy. We have a ton of sweet potatoes from the farm this year, so for me it was a win getting to use up a bunch of them vs. going to buy a can of pumpkin from the store. Sweet potatoes are chock full of micronutrients like vitamins A and C as well as potassium. Pair that with the healthy fat and fiber of the pecans and you may as well call this pie a health food, amirite?

Tell me: what’s your favorite pie to make? How about to eat? Are they the same?

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Sweet Potato Pie with Crushed Pecan Crust

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Pie plate
  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

For the crust:

  • 2 cups raw pecans (unsalted)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 1 ½ lb sweet potato insides (2-3 large or 3-4 medium potatoes)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions
 

To cook the potatoes:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash the sweet potatoes and poke holes in them all over with a fork.
  • Roast potatoes for 40 minutes and let cool 10 minutes.

While potatoes are roasting, prepare the crust:

  • Add the pecans, sugar, salt and pumpkin spice to a food processor and pulse until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand. Add the melted butter and pulse again.
  • Dump the pecan mix into a greased pie pan, pressing it into the pan and edges.

When the potatoes are done:

  • Turn the oven down to 350. Put the pie pan in once the temp decreases and cook 10-12 minutes.
  • Scoop out the insides of the potato and add it to a food processor.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix on high until the mixture it is smooth and you cant see any chunks.
  • Dump the filling into the pie pan when it comes out of the oven.
  • Cook for 45 minutes at 350, until a knife inserted to the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow the pie to cool to room temperature to help it set. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

TIP: I like this pie even better after it's been in the fridge for a couple of hours!

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