Sweet Potato Pie
Whether from the North or the South, East Coast or West Coast, homemade sweet potato pie brings out the Southern drawl in all of us. The sweet potatoes provide this indulgent dessert a healthful boost of nutrients, especially beta carotene (forms vitamin A). This pie can be enjoyed not just during the holiday season, but all year long!
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 can (15 1/2 ounce) mashed yams (see note)
1 can (12 ounce) evaporated fat-free milk
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 (9-inch) deep-dish pie shells
2 cups coarsely-chopped pecans
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons melted soft butter
Lightly whipped cream (optional)
Preparation Time: Approximately 15 minutes
Cook Time: Approximately 45 minutes
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and mix on high speed with electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to mix on high speed until completely absorbed. Reduce the mixer speed and add the eggs, one at a time, until evenly blended. Add the yams, evaporated milk and pumpkin pie spice, and mix until creamy. Pour the filling into the pie shells.
Bake pies for 30 to 35 minutes until the edges puff, the crust browns and the custard is set.
Meanwhile, mix the pecans, brown sugar and butter; set aside. Remove the pies from the oven and sprinkle with the pecan mixture. Return the pies to the oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and crisp. Cool the pies completely on a wire rack. Serve garnished with whipped cream if desired. Note: If mashed yams are unavailable, puree a 16-ounce can of drained whole yams or sweet potatoes in a food processor until smooth.
Servings: 16 (8 slices per pie).