Sweet Potato-Pumpkin Pie with Struesel Crunch
- Prepare Flaky Peanut Crust; set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place sweet potatoes prepared baking sheet. Bake 1 hour or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven; cool. Peel sweet potatoes; discard skin. Transfer to a food processor. Cover and process until smooth. Makes 2 cups.
- For filling, in a very large bowl combine sweet potato puree, canned pumpkin, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Add eggs; beat lightly with a fork until combined. Add buttermilk and cream; stir until combined.
- Pour filling into prepared crust. Cover edges with foil. Bake in the 375 degrees F for 50 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 20 minutes more or until edges are puffed and center 2 inches jiggles slightly when gently shaken. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours before serving. To serve, sprinkle with Streusel Crunch.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil; set aside. In a small bowl combine crackers, peanuts, butter, and brown sugar. Stir evenly to coat. Transfer to prepared baking sheet; spread evenly. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven; cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire rack.
From the Test Kitchen
Don't have a deep-dish pie plate? Use a 9-inch pie plate, the same amount of crust mixture and 4 1/2 cups of the filling. If desired, spoon remaining filling into three 6-ounce custard cups and bake in a 375 degrees F oven for 25 minutes or until set.
Flaky Peanut Crust
- Place flour, salt, and peanuts in the bowl of a food processor; cover and pulse to combine. Add the butter. Pulse until pieces are pea-size. With processor running, pour in ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it just starts to come together. Gather mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together.
- On a lightly floured surface use your hands to slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 13 inches in diameter.
- Wrap pastry circle around the rolling pin. Unroll into a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it.
- Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry even with the plate's edge. Crimp as desired.