Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Cardamom, orange, and ginger perfume this delicious pie. The filling’s beautiful deep-purple color makes it a stunning dessert-table centerpiece, as striking to look at as it is satisfying to eat. Our thanks to Joanne Canady-Brown, who shares this special recipe with us.

Prep
30 mins
Bake
35 to 40 mins
Total
3 hrs
Yield
one 9” pie
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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. To prepare the crust: Roll the pie dough into a 13" circle and transfer it to a 9” pie pan. Crimp the edges of the dough so they stand above the pan’s rim. Refrigerate the crust while you prepare the filling.

  3. To make the filling: Wrap each unpeeled sweet potato in foil and bake for 1 hour, until soft. To test for doneness, pierce a potato with a fork. If it pierces easily and feels soft, it’s done. If it’s still firm, bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

  4. Leave the oven on and position a rack in the bottom third.

  5. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, unwrap them and remove the skin.

  6. Place the potatoes in a bowl and mash by hand. Or mix on low speed of your stand mixer, using the flat beater, until mashed.

  7. Mix in the melted butter, then the sugar, cardamom, ginger, salt, and orange zest.

  8. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until combined, then stir in the milk.

  9. Remove the crust from the refrigerator and pour in the filling.

  10. To bake the pie: Bake the pie for 35 to 40 minutes, until the filling is firm. The internal temperature at the very center of the pie should be 190°F.

  11. Remove the pie from the oven and cool it to room temperature; refrigerate it if you won’t be serving it immediately. Garnish individual slices with granola and fresh thyme leaves, if desired.

  12. Storage information: Store the pie, covered, in the refrigerator for up to several days.