For the most delightful dessert you’ll ever try, make our Sweet-Potato Pecan Pie. Soft, yet crunchy, its earthy goodness fills heart and soul with warmth.  Many presume this is just for Autumn, but in truth, it’s delicious throughout the Winter, too.  Perfect with a cup of hot cocoa or tea!
Sweet-Potato Pecan Pie

Sweet-Potato Pecan Pie
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 8-inch pie
Pie Dough
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 (reserve the other half for filling) whole egg, vigorously beaten until fluffy
  • 2 Tablespoons cold whole milk
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
Sweet Potato Filling
  • 2 to 3 (or enough to yield 1 Cup) sweet potatoes, baked, cooled and peeled, mashed
  • 1/4 Cup, packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 egg, vigorously beaten until fluffy
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pecan Pie Syrup
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 3/4 Cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 small eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 Cup pecan pieces or halves
Chantilly Cream
  • 2/3 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Brandy
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons dairy sour cream
Pie Dough
  1. Place the softened butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer; beat on high speed until the mixture is creamy. Add the 1/2 egg and beat 30 seconds. Add the milk and beat on high speed 2 minutes. Add the flour and beat on medium speed 5 seconds, then on high speed just until blended, about 5 seconds more (overmixing will produce a tough dough).
  2. Remove the dough from the bowl and shape into a 5-inch patty about 1/2-inch thick. Lightly dust the patty with flour and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour; preferably overnight. (The dough will last up to one week refrigerated.)
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/8- to 1/4- inch. Very lightly flour the top of the dough and fold it into quarters. Carefully place dough in a greased and floured 8-inch round cake pan (1 1/2 inches deep) so that the corner of the folded dough is centered in the pan. Unfold the dough and arrange it to fit the sides and bottom of pan; press firmly in place. Trim edges. Refrigerate 15 minutes.
Sweet Potato Filling
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer until the batter is smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Do not over-beat. Set aside.
Pecan Pie Syrup
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the pecans in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly on slow speed of electric mixer until the syrup is opaque, about 1 minute; stir in pecans and set aside.
  2. To assemble: Spoon the sweet-potato filling evenly into the dough-lined cake pan. Pour the pecan syrup on top.
  3. Bake in a 325 degrees F. oven until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 3/4 hours. (Note: the pecans will rise to the top of the pie during baking.)
  4. Cool and serve with Chantilly Cream. Store pie at room temperature for the first 24 hours, then (in the unlikely event there is any left) refrigerate.
Chantilly Cream
  1. Refrigerate a medium-size bowl and beaters until very cold.
  2. Combine cream, vanilla, brandy and Grand Marnier in the bowl and beat with electric mixer on medium speed 1 minute. Add the sugar and sour cream and beat on medium just until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Do not overbeat. (Overbeating will make the cream grainy, which is the first step leading to butter. Once grainy you can't return it to its former consistency, but if this ever happens, enjoy it on toast!)

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