Candy potato pie is pumpkin pie’s first cousin—like good cousins, they’re greatest buddies, virtually an identical twins, however with simply sufficient variations in taste and texture to inform them aside.

Candy potatoes are sweeter than pumpkins, and although the pies are normally made in the identical approach with eggs, cream or evaporated milk, and pie spices, candy potato pie tends to be lighter, airier, and properly, sweeter.

SWEET POTATO PIE VS. PUMPKIN PIE

Certain, you possibly can swap candy potatoes for pumpkin cup-for-cup in your favourite pumpkin pie recipe, however pumpkin is decrease in sugar. This implies pumpkin pies must have extra sugar to compensate. In the event you make the swap, you may wish to cut back the sugar in your pumpkin pie recipe by two tablespoons within the candy potato model.

CANNED VS. FRESH SWEET POTATOES

It’d appear to be an additional step to bake recent candy potatoes as an alternative of utilizing canned, however you actually get an even bigger payback with a deep, roasty taste and lighter texture.

The feel of the mashed cooked potatoes ought to be just a bit chunky, which supplies the pie a lighter texture than pumpkin pies made with canned pumpkin.

TIME-SAVING TIP! Bake the potatoes whilst you blind bake the crust, so it doesn’t take a lot further time.

A couple of slices of classic sweet potato pie with the pie off to the side and some whipped cream

A couple of slices of classic sweet potato pie with the pie off to the side and some whipped cream

WHAT ABOUT SPICES?

Once more, the 2 pies are so related, you may decide and select amongst your favorites: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace, allspice, cloves, or five-spice powder (for one thing a little bit completely different), are all contenders.

Pumpkin isn’t as daring as candy potatoes, due to this fact it relies upon upon a great quantity of added spices, however I see no cause not to boost candy potato pie in the identical approach.

Most Southern cooks will let you know that nutmeg is historically the favourite spice.

MAKE AHEAD TIPS

If you’re actually crunched for time, you possibly can make the pie a day or two beforehand (with my blessing!) and refrigerate it, wrapped in plastic wrap. On a vacation with many desserts, it’s onerous to differentiate finer nuances between a pie baked that day verses one baked a day or two earlier than, particularly for this pie.

Simply convey it to room temperature an hour or two earlier than serving, or “refresh” a room temperature pie within the oven for about 10 minutes at 350ºF to provide the crust a little bit extra crunch.

The pie is phenomenal when eaten on the day it’s baked. When you have time to bake it the day you intend to serve it, you may nonetheless do few issues forward of time.

  • Three months forward of time: Make the pie crust, roll it out, and freeze it, properly wrapped in plastic after which in foil.
  • Two-three days earlier than serving: Bake the potatoes, make the filling, and retailer it within the fridge.
  • Sooner or later forward: If freezing the pie crust doesn’t slot in your schedule, make and blind bake the crust in the future earlier than you intend to bake the pie. Retailer blind baked crust lined at room temperature in a cooler space of your kitchen.

Blind baking is a step I by no means used to do, however it actually does preserve the crust from turning into soggy. Backside line: price the additional effort. To learn extra about blind baking pie crusts click on right here.

Slice of sweet potato pie on a white plate with whipped cream dusted with cinnamon and fork.Slice of sweet potato pie on a white plate with whipped cream dusted with cinnamon and fork.

FREEZING AND STORING SWEET POTATO PIE

Sure, you may freeze it! Cool the pie utterly, wrap it in a few layers of plastic wrap after which in foil. Freeze for as much as one month.

Defrost within the fridge for a number of hours or in a single day. Convey to room temperature earlier than serving (and refresh within the pie within the oven for about 10 minutes at 350ºF, should you like).

Leftover pie will preserve for as much as 4 days within the fridge.

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