Just in time to follow the turkey to the table is… ahhhh who am I kidding, Canadian Thanksgiving was a week ago. No problem, a golden not-to-sweet potato pie is a welcome finish to any meal during these rapidly darkening days of October.
I love how simple this recipe is, and how thrifty! Sweet potatoes are flooding the flimsy cardboard supermarket displays this time of year and are cheaper to buy (per kg) than a can of pumpkin puree. If all you can find are Yams, no problem, feel free to substitute. Yams are sweeter and the colour of the baked pie will be a bit darker, but the recipe doesn’t change at all.
My aunt Mary Jane and cousin Ernie from Florida are incredible cooks, and I hope this recipe makes ’em proud!
Sweet Potato Pie (Makes enough filling for 2 pies)
- 260g (2 cups) Sweet Potatoes (peeled and chopped)
- 113g (4oz.) Butter (softened at room temp for an hour or two)
- 260g (2 cups) Sugar
- 1 small can of evaporated milk (contains 5 fluid oz.)
- 3 Eggs (beaten)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoons Dried Cinnamon
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- 2 prepared pie shells (unbaked)
(Pre-heat the oven to 350˚F, and pull out your handy kitchen mixer)
- Bring a pot of water up to a boil and toss in the chopped sweet potatoes. Reduce the heat a bit to avoid boiling over. Pop a lid on the pot and simmer the spuds for 6-10 minutes, or until they are tender enough to break apart with a fork. Drain, and set aside to cool.
- Fire up your mixer and cream the butter and sugar together into a soft, smooth paste. Mix the room temperature sweet potatoes with the evaporated milk and add into the mixer. Mix it on a medium speed until all the little sneaky lumps of sweet potato have been battered smooth.
- Add the eggs one at a time to the mixer (still on a medium speed), waiting a bit between each one to make sure it all mixes smoothly. Season with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Pour mixture evenly into two pie shells and bake at 350˚F for approx. 1 hour, or until the pie filling is set and the surface is nicely browned. To check it, stick a toothpick in the center of the pie filling… If it comes out clean, your golden. Serve with vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream and candied pecans. It’s that easy ya’ll.
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