Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of sugar

1 stick butter, chilled cut into pieces

4 tbsp water (or as needed)

Filling:

2 sweet potatoes (peeled, boiled, & mashed)

1/4 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup evaporated milk
+ 1 tbsp half & half

2 eggs

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large bowl, mix together flour, salt, and sugar.  Use fingers to break up butter and incorporate it into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle water over mixture, and mix–pinch off a piece of dough–it should just hold together.  Gather dough into ball and knead.  Flatten dough into disk, and cover–allow to refrigerate while preparing filling.  In separate bowl, mix together mashed sweet potato, butter, brown sugar, milk, and eggs.  Use electric mixer to beat until completely smooth.  Add vanilla and spices, and stir into mixture.  Pour pie filling into prepared crust, and bake in preheated oven about 1 hour.  Allow to cool before slicing–try it with a dollop of fresh whipped cream!

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