Midday Fix: Sweet potato pie

Fabiana Carter

Fabiana's Bakery
1658 E. 53rd Street
(773) 658-9842

South Side Pie Challenge
November 4
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
5480 S. Kenwood Avenue


*You can still enter your creation for the pie challenge up until November 2.*

Sweet Potato Pie

For the crust:
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
8 oz cold butter
1/2 cup cold water

Place dry ingredients on the food processor and start adding the cold butter until a crumbly texture is achieved. Start adding the water until you achieve the consistency for the pie.

For the pie:
4 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), unpeeled
2 cups half-and-half or light cream
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
4 Tbs butter, melted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs

In 3-quart saucepan, heat sweet potatoes and enough water to cover to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, or until fork-tender; drain. Cool potatoes until easy to handle; peel and cut into chunks. *Or you can bake the sweet potatoes in a 350 degree oven for about 1 hour or until tender.  Then, preheat oven to 400ºF. In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat sweet potatoes until smooth. Add half-and-half and remaining ingredients; beat until well blended. Use pastry to line 9 ½-inch deep-dish pie plate. Make decorative edge. Spoon sweet-potato mixture into pie crust. Bake pie for 40 minutes, or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Cool 1 hour to serve warm.