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Sweet Potato Pie with Praline Crust

Yield one 10-inch pie.
A buttery praline layer baked in the crust elevates this classic sweet potato pie to a new level.


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whipped cream (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle cold water (1 tablespoon at a time) evenly over surface; stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape into a ball; cover and chill.

  2. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place in a 10-inch pieplate; trim off excess pastry along edges. Fold edges under, and flute.

  3. Combine butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar; stir in pecans. Press mixture over pastry shell. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

  4. Combine eggs and next 8 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended. Pour mixture over praline layer in pastry shell. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until pie is set. Let cool on wire rack. Top with whipped cream, if desired.