Sweet Potato Honey Beer Pie
Sweet potatoes are on a monthly rotation in my household; even my dog, Snoopy, loved them. The different components of the pie can be prepared on different days. Here’s a suggested order of steps you might find useful, especially if you make this for Thanksgiving. Day 1: Roast sweet potatoes, reduce the beer, and prepare the pie crust, but don’t blind bake (partially bake). Day 2: Blind bake the pie crust, prepare the sweet potato custard, and bake the pie. Of course, you can also do this all in one day.
You can use the same recipe to make a pumpkin pie, using 15 oz (430 g) unsweetened pumpkin purée in place of the sweet potato. Feel free to use a different crust, homemade or store-bought.
Most pie crusts tend to absorb a bit of water from the filling; nut-based crusts are notorious for this, because nuts release their fat on cooling and also absorb moisture from air (most nuts, including almonds, are hygroscopic). I’ve tried “waterproof¬ing” pie crusts with egg whites, but that’s never worked for me. Here’s a method that does work: Melt 3 Tbsp of white or dark bittersweet chocolate and paint the surface of the pie with a pastry brush. Let the chocolate set and harden before you pour in the custard and bake.
Reprinted from The Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma with permission by Chronicle Books, 2020.