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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sweet Potato Pie with Caramalized Nuts topping



I reserve decadent pies just for potlucks or parties,if I happen to bake one just for ourselves,my hubby's(with exceptional sense of smell and aversion for solid fats) first query would be "Did you add butter in it?!",yes obviously, who ever heard of a pie without butter or shortening?,then he would just eat a miserly little piece,and the rest is for me.I have a very small appetite for desserts,can't eat the small kind for a fortnight.Hence to be on safer side I bake the full-size pies just for festive or special gatherings.So I took this wholesome pie for a potluck ,though its missing my favorite element in a dessert,that is chocolate,but with sweetness from potatoes,spices and caramelized nut topping this pie was just as delicious. Omitting eggs and using cornstarch is an option too,like I did in my Eggless Chocolate Pumpkin pie.

(Adapted from Elise's Original recipe).


Ingredients
For Crust
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup Whole wheat flour
4 tablespoon(1/2 a stick) Organic butter, cold and cut in small cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground spices mix,I used cinnamon and cloves.
1/2 cup ice cold water


For Filling

2 1/2 cups Sweet potato puree(see how to cook sweet potatoes?)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder or 1/8th of a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon or Pumpkin Spice(mixture of ground nutmeg,cloves and cinnamon)
2 large Organic eggs


For Caramelized Nut topping
3/4 cup mix of roasted nuts,roughly chopped [I used pecans,almonds and pistachios)
1 tablespoon Organic butter,use the light kind if desired
2 tablespoon brown or white sugar

Method

Prepare the dough
Sift the flours,salt and cinnamon in bowl. Mix in the butter,using a food processor pulse while adding the cold water ,until just combined in to a crumbly mixture. Or use 2 fork and break the butter in to flour and mix it up while adding the cold water.Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and allow to refrigerate for 30 minutes

Bake the Crust
Preheat Oven to 350F
Unwrap the dough. Spread some all purpose flour on work surface and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough in to size just bigger that your pan size(9 inches).Transfer the rolled dough to the pie or tart pan.Press gently to smooth it out and poke some holes using fork to prevent it from rising.
Bake the crust for in the middle rack of the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the crust is lightly crisp.
Bake the pie
Mix all the filling ingredients,crack the eggs in mixing bowl,stir in the puree ,sugar and spices. Pour it on the baked crust and spread evenly using a spatula. Bake about 40-45 minutes until the filling is firm.Cool completely before spreading the nut topping,at least an hour.

Prepare and Spread the topping
Melt the butter in a pan at medium heat,add the sugar and stir.after about 2 minutes when the sugar get slightly bubbly and brown, add in the nuts and stir to combine.Turn off the heat ,allow the mixture to slightly cool about 1 minute.Then spread over cooled pie ,serve when topping is set.


The Sweet Potato Pie is my last entry(besides the 1,2,3 entries)for Sunshinemom's Food In Colors event,the color of the month is Orange and host is Aparna of My diverse Kitchen.

Speaking about Nuts,If you are nuts about them just as much as I am,stay tuned with the Let Go Nuts food event at Served with Love blog,the nuts in focus this month are Walnuts and Pecans.This pie along with the Mushroom Walnut Soup,Vegan Banana Walnut Bread and Cherry Nut Crescents are my entries for the event.

32 comments:

Asha said...

For last year's Halloween, I made sweet potato pie instead of the usual Pumpkin pie and I was the only one who ate it! :D
I don't know why but they like Pumpkin better but not sweet potato, I love both. Looks yum, caramelized nuts are bonus, I would have a big piece! :)

Varsha Vipins said...

I am not a pie fan..But this definitely looks great dear..:)..So you have not done away with sweet potato yet huh..:)..loved the nutty topping..:)

Ann said...

hmmm..definitely yummy..I havent tried pie with sweet potato yet..and the nuts topping gives it a legendary look.

veggie belly said...

I dont like sweet potatoes much. But then again, I havent had them in pie. I said the same thing about pumpkins, but landed up loving pumpkin pie! The caramelized nut topping sounds very nice!

Priya said...

Never tried pie with sweet potato, seems to be an excellent idea..will try soon..

Jennifer said...

I love the caramelized nuts on top!!!

Superchef said...

that is one delicious pie especially with the caramelized nuts!!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

sweet potato in pie, never tasted it. sounds interesting.

Cham said...

Love the nutty topping of ur pie!

Rajee said...

You're very brilliant to post healthy recipes.

Preety said...

nice pie with the healthy sweet potato filling..nuts on tops and making the pie more tempting

Poornima Nair said...

That's a beautiful pie Yasmeen..I've yet to cook something with sweet potatoes, soon...

aquadaze said...

oh the pie looks so tempting yasmeen! It's the same in my house, am forced to make pies when entertaining, else i am forced to finish it all!

Vandana Rajesh said...

DElicious looking pie yasmeen and liked the nutty crunchy topping. Thks for particpating in my event the round up is published on my site. Thks for the particpation and encouragement.

Sharmila said...

I do know of sweets made from the sweet potato ... using it to make a pie sounds different. Looks good Yasmeen. :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Pie looks great and sweet potato is too gud for kids,hop ur kid enjoyed the pie!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Something new to me. Nutty tadka looks yum.

notyet100 said...

helthy nd yummy,.:-)

Sia said...

that looks stunning!

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy pie..lovely

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely! never tried pies with sweet potato.. Looks delicious with those nuts on them..
I have something for u in my blog.. Pls accept!

Navita said...

the pie looks fudgy...yum! great post as usual!

Ashwini said...

Though I am not a sweet person, love pies..Pie looks so yummy and very inviting..Caramelized nuts is making me nostolgic..

Zee said...

You really are a daring baker Yasmeen! I would be glad to gobble up those pies you happen to bake for yourselves...he he:)
Sweet potato pie is a novelty for me..wish I could try some of that scrumptious pie of yours..

Ivy said...

I have only tried sweet potatoes once and they are lovely. Your pie sounds delicious.

Vicky Xavier. said...

A sweet potato pie with nutty topping .. sounds yummy for me. I love anything with sweet. Your pie looks amazing.

Vicky Xavier. said...

Sweet potato pie looks yummy. Must try it some time:)

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sowmya said...

wow..caramelized nuts in the sweet potato pie sounds so good..looks delicious

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Curry Leaf said...

This is true winner,Y.Am sure Mr Health nut had a huge piece rather than the usual one.I have been wanting to make pie with sweet potato but keep putting it off,as Mr CurryLeaf is not a sweet person.I must add I am thgh ;)Too good this looks

Aparna said...

This is quite something, Yasmeen. I definitely like the idea of low cal desserts even better when they can be made without eggs.:)

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