This southern American dessert is a classic for Kwanzaa celebrations. Five-spice powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns that can be found in the spice aisle of most supermarkets. If five-spice powder is unavailable, use pumpkin pie spice.
2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder or pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Pierce sweet potatoes several times with a fork. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly. Peel and discard skins. Place the pulp in a medium bowl, and mash. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar and the next 8 ingredients (through eggs) to pulp. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.
Fit refrigerated pie dough into a 9-inch pie plate; fold edges under, and flute. Pour sweet potato mixture into pie shell. Bake at 375° for 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool pie completely on a wire rack.