Maple Sweet Potato Pie

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because the focus isn’t on gifts, but on family — and food! And, not just any food — familiar and traditional food.

In fact, I bet your family is expecting a decadent pecan pie, sugared yams and your famous stuffing. I think the one thing to keep in mind is that it’s a special day — a day to splurge — a day to delight in familiar traditions and recipes, but you might want to consider adding a new recipe or two!  This particular recipe is a great alternative to heavier pies made with white sugar and cream.  Everyone will love this version of sweet potato pie that lightens up the ingredients but does not compromise flavor. 

I used a traditional recipe, but swapped out the white sugar for grade B maple syrup.  I generally substitute maple syrup for white sugar — 1:1.  However, I used half the amount of maple syrup this time, and it was perfect. You would never know the recipe was altered. I promise!

The key to this recipe is roasting your sweet potatoes.  DO NOT use canned sweet potato puree.  As a busy mom, I tried a short cut.  It didn’t work.  Take the time to roast your own sweet potatoes .  . . it will set up perfectly and have a delicious, dense texture.

You can use any pie crust that works for you.  I tend to use pre-made pie crust.  There are some really good ones on the market — I like Trader Joe’s frozen pie crust.  It saves time, which is important, especially around the holidays.

You can make one 9-inch deep dish pie with this recipe — or two shallow 9 inch pies.

If you are considering a new Thanksgiving dessert, I hope you try our Maple Sweet Potato Pie.  It’s so good, you may even consider it a replacement for your traditional pumpkin pie!

Maple Sweet Potato PieYields 8 slices

2 cups of roasted sweet potato puree (I roasted 3 medium sized sweet potatoes in their skin, peeled them and mashed them in a bowl)2 eggs, beaten1 cup of milk (I used 2% milk, but feel free to substitute)3/4 cup of grade B maple syrup1 teaspoon, vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger1/8 teaspoon of salt1, 9-inch prepared deep dish pie crust or 2, 9-inch prepared shallow pie crusts (like the ones you find in the freezer case of your supermarket!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, add the mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt and vanilla extract to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer until combined.

Pour sweet potato mixture into a prepared pie shell (or two depending on whether you use one deep dish or two shallow pie crusts).  Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and then lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes for the two shallow pies and an additional 40-50 minutes for the deep dish pie.  The pie will be done when the center is set and not jiggly.

Let the pie cool and serve at room temperature — or cold — and top with whipped cream — or nothing — it’s delicious either way!!

Helpful Hint: If your sweet potatoes are too stringy, you can press them through a potato ricer.