3 large orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (Louisiana
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
3/4 cup packed light
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup half-and-half
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening, chilled
1/3 cup iced
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 13-inch circle about
1/8 inch thick. Fold the dough in half. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, and gently
unfold the dough to fit into the pan.
Using scissors or a sharp knife, trim the dough to a 1-inch overhang. Fold the
dough under itself so the edge of the fold is flush with the edge of the pan. Flute
the dough around the edge of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while
making the filling.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the sweet
potatoes and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the sweet potatoes are tender
when pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes.
Drain and run under cold water until cool enough to handle. Peel the sweet potatoes
and place in a medium bowl. Mash with an electric mixer on medium speed until very
smooth. Measure 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes, keeping any extra for another use,
and set aside.
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Uncover the pie shell and brush the interior
with some of the melted butter. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the brown sugar over the bottom
of the pie shell. Bake until the pie dough is set and just beginning to brown, about
15 minutes. If the pie shell puffs, do not prick it.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, mix the mashed
sweet potatoes, the remaining melted butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar, the granulated
sugar, eggs, half-and-half, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spread into the partially baked
pie shell, smoothing the top.
Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake until a knife inserted in
the center of the filling comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Cool completely on
a wire cake rack. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Basic Piecrust: Sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl. Add the shortening.
Using a fork or a pastry blender, cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture
resembles coarse crumbs with a few pea-size bits.
Stirring with the fork, gradually add enough of the water until the mixture clumps
together (you may need more or less water). Gather up the dough and press into a
thick disk. If desired, wrap the dough in wax paper and refrigerate for up to 1
Makes 8 servings; one 9-inch pie crust.
Posted by Chyrel at Recipe Goldmine March 19, 2002 15:53:46.