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Buttermilk Sweet Potato Pie

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A true southern tradition with a spiced gingersnap crust.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 30 whole Ginger Snap Cookies
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 1 dash Cloves
  • 1 dash Nutmeg
  • 1 dash Cinnamon
  • _____
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 1-½ pound Sweet Potatoes, Peeled And Cubed
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cups Sugar
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • ¾ cups Buttermilk
  • ¾ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preparation

In a food processor, blend the ginger snaps until coarsely ground. Add the 4 tablespoons melted butter, dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, and process until the butter is distributed. Pour the crumbs into a deep pie dish and press into the bottom and the sides. Bake at 325F for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, and increase the oven temperature to 350F.

In a medium pot, place a steam basket and 1 to 2 inches of water. Put the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover, and steam for about 15 minutes. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, blend the sweet potatoes until they are well pureed. Add the softened butter and sugars, and blend. Add the eggs, buttermilk, remaining spices, and vanilla, and blend on low until completely mixed.

Transfer the filling to the cooled pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 25 minutes (it will still be slightly jiggly in the center). Serve at room temperature, or cold.

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Dyedinthewoolcook on 10.30.2011

I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I’m going to! I just wanted to say that this would be a really easy recipe to make gluten free. All you would have to do is substitute gluten free gingersnaps for the regular gingersnaps and you’d be all set. I’m always looking for gluten free recipe ideas for my family, and this one sounds delicious and is really easy to alter. Thanks!

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veebee on 12.1.2010

I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit! I did not have a steam basket so I just boiled the potatoes. Thank you for this recipe!

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lorelei on 11.20.2010

Anyone tried canned sweet potato?

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Jennifer on 11.17.2010

You can also just boil the potatoes whole with the peeling still on. Once they are tender the peeling basically falls off and the potatoes are easy to mash.

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crewlady on 11.16.2010

I’ve had luck simply microwaving them — I’ll cut the potatoes into rounds, cover them in a bowl, and nuke ‘em for 6-8 minutes or so (stirring halfway through).

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