Sweet Potato Pie with 3-Nut Topping

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Total Time
2hrs
Prep
1 hr
Cook
1 hr

I love sweet potato pie, and love this nut-brittle topping for it. It's really beautiful and impressive when finished, and delicious. This is a great pie for holidays or special occasions.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. CRUST: Coarsely grind the nuts in a food processor.
  2. Add the remaining dry ingredients and blend one or two pulses.
  3. Add the butter and blend in pulses until moist crumbs form.
  4. Press the mixture into the bottom and up about 1 1/2 inches of the sides of a 9-inch spring-form pan or pie plate.
  5. Refrigerate.
  6. FILLING: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes, prick all over with a fork, put on a baking sheet and roast until tender, about an hour depending on their size.
  8. Cool, peel, and puree the flesh in a food processor until very smooth.
  9. Transfer to a bowl.
  10. Add the eggs and mix.
  11. In a small saucepan, heat the butter until it has melted and has turned brown (buerre noisette- brown butter).
  12. DO NOT BURN IT.
  13. Add the sugar, honey, and spices and mix, then let cook, stirring, for about a minute.
  14. Remove from the heat, add the cream and whisk.
  15. Let cool slightly, then add to the sweet potato puree.
  16. Blend until very, very smooth.
  17. Pour the filling into the crust.
  18. Bake until set; the center will move only slightly when shaken, about 40 minutes.
  19. If it looks like it is getting too brown, cover with foil.
  20. TOPPING: About 10 minutes before the pie is done, prepare the topping by stirring the butter, brown sugar and honey in a heavy saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves completely.
  21. Increase the heat and boil for 1 minute.
  22. Mix in the nuts, mixing to make sure they are completely coated with the sugar mixture.
  23. Pour the topping over the cooked pie, then continue baking for about 5 minutes.
  24. Transfer to a rack and cool completely.
  25. NOTE: When in doubt, make the pie wait for the topping, not the topping for the pie.
  26. If the topping isn't poured onto the pie while in a semi-liquid state, it will solidify and you won't get it to spread over top of the pie.
  27. NOTE 2: The topping is extremely brittle- be very careful when cutting this pie into slices.