Three Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipes

**Soul Food Recipe: Orange Peel Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients

4 large-sized sweet potatoes (cleaned and rinsed and best if roasted)
1 unbaked pie crust (or two shallow pie)
3 eggs (beaten slightly)
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup milk (can use evaporated milk)
1 stick butter
1 ½ tablespoons nutmeg
1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
1 ½ tablespoons finely grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Procedure

In a large pot boil the rinsed sweet potatoes, until they become tender. Drain the cooking water and remove the skin of the sweet potatoes. Place them in a large mixing bowl and mash thoroughly. Add the slightly beaten eggs and butter into the bowl and mix well. You can blend the mixture in an electric mixer for about 2 – 3 minutes.In the meantime, preheat the oven to 375ºF. Then add the remaining ingredients – granulated sugar, brown sugar, milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel and vanilla. Blend the mixture again for about 4 – 5 minutes.

Take the pie crust; prick with the help of a fork and sprinkle with granulated sugar, use about one tablespoon sugar. Place the pie in the oven for about 5 minutes, until it turns light brown. Remove the pie from the oven; carefully pour the pie filling mixture into the pie crust. Bake the pie in the oven for about 35 – 40 minutes. Remove the sweet potato pie from the oven and allow to cool down. Refrigerate and serve.

Soul Food Recipe: Pecan Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients

2 cups cooked and peeled sweet potatoes
2 eggs
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup corn syrup
1 cup pecan halves
1 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
1 teaspoon ginger (ground)
½ teaspoon nutmeg (ground)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons orange juice
Salt as per taste

Procedure

First of all, mash the sweet potatoes along with half the amount of butter. Add eggs, brown sugar, cream, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla extract and orange juice. Beat the mixture well till it becomes fluffy. Preheat the oven at 400ºF. Then, pour the pie filling mixture gently over the pie crust and bake at 375º for about 20 – 25 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven and keep aside. Meanwhile, mix the ingredients – butter (remaining half), corn syrup and pecans. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the pie and then, bake the pie again for another 25 minutes. Remove the pie and serve with whip toppings.

Soul Food Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients

4 lbs sweet potatoes (cleaned and rinsed)
3 unbaked single crust pie shells (about 8 inch size)
3 eggs
1 stick butter
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup milk (can use evaporated milk)
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Salt as per taste

Procedure

First boil the sweet potatoes until they can be pierced easily by a fork. Drain and allow the cooked sweet potatoes to cool down. Peel the skin and mash them in a bowl. For removing strings, you can blend the sweet potatoes in a blending mixer for about 3 – 4 minutes. Melt the butter stick and cream with granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add this butter mixture, eggs and milk to the mashed sweet potatoes and mix well. Then, add nutmeg, vanilla extract and salt, blend for about 2 – 3 minutes to mix the ingredients.

Preheat the oven at 375ºF. Pour the pie mixture over the three unbaked pie crusts. Place them in the oven and baked for about an hour. Remove and allow to cool down. You can serve this sweet potato pie with whip cream or toppings.

You can prepare these pie recipes anytime, as sweet potatoes are available all the year round. Use your culinary skills and prepare a different recipe by altering the ingredients. You can serve them in good times and/or special occasions like family gatherings or Sunday dinners.

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