Sweet Potato Pie //

 

I don’t know about you but it’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything that’s going on around Christmas time. I’d planned a bunch of festive bakes, but with working full time, seeing friends and spending time with my boyfriend, making and planning Christmas hampers and you know, sleeping, this month has flown by without me doing any of them! It’s fun to have plans but, it’s easy to forget important things. Like that dessert you promised! Nightmare. That’s where this super easy bake comes in.

The reason I’m posting this recipe is because it’s a great last minute dessert. Its quick, easy, and inexpensive, even more so if you buy a pre-made pie crust. Making your own pastry is easy, but you do need to add in extra time for chilling. But all you really do is boil sweet potato, add spices and eggs, and bake for an hour. Easy peasy!

Recipe:

Pie crust:

100g butter, softened

100g caster sugar

Few drops of vanilla extract

2 eggs

250g plain flour

Method:

. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer for a few minutes until fluffy. Lightly beat your eggs in a bowl, and add them, and the flour, and continue to beat until just combined. It’s important not to overbeat as it will make your pastry tough.

. Roll into a ball, then flatten out (easier to roll out later!) and wrap in clingfilm, and leave in the fridge for an hour. If you’re really in a rush though, most shops sell pre-made tart crusts.

Pie Ingredients:

500g sweet potato (2/3, depending on size)

125g butter

200g caster sugar

120ml milk

2 eggs

3 tsp cinnamon

3 tsp nutmeg

Few drops of vanilla extract

Method:

. Roll out your chilled pastry into a pie tin, approx 9 inches wide, pushing it gently into the edges. To get a clean edge, roll a rolling pin over the top to trim off any excess. Put this in the freezer for an hour or so (freezing stops the pie crust shrinking back when baked). Or if you’re using a pre-bought pie crust, proceed from the next step.

.Pre-heat oven to 180c. Boil your sweet potatos, until very soft, approx 20 minutes. They boil faster if you cut them into small pieces. Once ready, drain and add butter. Mash butter into potatoes, then allow to cool.

. Once cool, beat your eggs gently in a bowl and gently add egg, sugar, spices and vanilla to potato mixture. `Don’t over-mix as mixture may split. If mixture splits, add a small pinch of flour.

. Once your pie case is frozen, line with parchment paper and add baking beans. Bake pie case for 15 minutes, then remove from oven. Take out baking beans and parchment, and gently fold potato mixture into pie case. Bake at 180c for 1hour, until top is golden and doesn’t wobble (it will be soft to the touch though).

. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Enjoyed warm or cold, with some double cream!

What’s your favourite Christmas bake? I always love a pie! Must try a Yule Log one year…

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