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Sweet Potato Pie with Meringue Topping

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Tags: baking, classics, Country Cooking, fall, southern, sweets, winter

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  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 80 minutes
  • Servings: 1 (9-inch) pie

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1½ (7-ounce) packages amaretti cookies, crushed
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt

Filling

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups mashed cooked sweet potato (about 2 large sweet potatoes)

Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

Crust

Preheat oven to 375°.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate.

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

Filling

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, pie spice, vanilla, and salt until smooth; whisk in sweet potato until well combined. Spread filling into prepared crust. Cover edges of crust with foil.

Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 200°, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Topping

In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir together sugar, ¼ cup water, and corn syrup just until moistened. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until mixture registers 240° on a candy thermometer, about 16 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool just until mixture stops boiling.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar with a mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Increase mixer speed to high, and gradually add hot sugar syrup in a slow, steady stream. Beat until mixture is thick, white, and glossy, 4 to 6 minutes. Spread meringue onto pie, sealing edges. Using a handheld kitchen torch, carefully brown meringue. Serve immediately.

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