Dinner with friends. My girlfriend and I stayed in the restaurant chatting, while her husband entertained the kids outside.
My sweet potato pie with fresh whipped cream. It ain't pretty, but it's damn good!
Cheers to a great week filled with sunshine & cheer!
Lord Have Mercy Sweet Potato Pie (makes 2 pies)*
2 unbaked pie shells
2.5 lb raw yams
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
1. Set the oven rack in the middle position. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place prepared sweet potatoes in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. With mixer running on low, add butter. Add brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Add heavy cream and vanilla. DO NOT OVER BEAT. Add cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt.
3. Pour batter into pie shells. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a tester inserted into pie comes out clean. The center of the pie should wiggle a bit. Cool 2-3 hours on a rack. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Store covered with a paper towel and plastic wrap in the refrigerator.
HOW TO PREPARE SWEET POTATOES FOR PIE
Select large yams, prick them with a fork, and place them on a foil covered metal baking pan that has been coated with vegetable spray. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour.
Place the baking pan on a cooling rack. Carefully cut the hot sweet potatoes in half lengthwise so that they will cool more quickly When potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides (discard the skins) and place them in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Weigh the sweet potato pulp after scooping it. Process until potatoes are soft and fluffy.
*If you'd like you can freeze half of the pie filling, to use at a later time. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw in refrigerator overnight. My pie for pie day, was made with filling that I had made at Christmas. The pie tasted delicious and the texture was perfect!