Sunday, November 22, 2009

Food: Adventures in Baked Goods

Because of all the holiday festivities, autumn always sends our oven into overdrive. Over the past few weeks, we've churned out brownies, cookies, pies, and even the odd banana bread in order to fete visitors properly.

For instance, here's Shangrila Towers' Super-Easy Sweet Potato Pie:

2 medium size sweet potatoes
2 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 pre-baked pie crust (tastes kinda bland, but it saves a lot of work)

Cut the sweet potatoes into rough 2.5" cubes and steam until tender. Mash them in a bowl or pot until they're fairly smooth.

In another bowl, mix the eggs, brown sugar, and spices until smooth (you can sub in other stuff - for instance, you can add clove, honey, or maple syrup to taste). Add the mashed sweet potatoes and and the heavy cream. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.

Bake in a 375 degree oven until the pie is cooked through. The exact time varies, but it'll probably take at least 45 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least a half hour before consuming.


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