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).
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
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
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.