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For the Love of Pie:  Sweet Potato Candied Pecan Pie 

Yes, it has been a ton of Sundays since I posted.  I apologize for staying away so long; but I needed to sort some things out while I adjust to my new environment.  Well, now I am fairly adjusted and I am back in the kitchen creating.  In time for the holidays, I bring you pie.  I give to you a recipe that combines 2 of my favorite pies: sweet potatoe pie & pecan pie.  Enjoy 😋

Sweet Potato Candied Pecan Pie

1 traditional pie crust

Candied Pecan Filling:

1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

3/4 cup organic sugar

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsalted butter

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

ONEAdd sugar, vanilla extract, and butter to a medium sauce pan on medium heat.

TWOTurn heat off.

THREEStir in pecans.

FOURPour pecan mixture into pie shell.

Sweet Potato Pie Filling:

1/4 cup unsalted butter melted

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large sweet potato baked (sppon out inards & discard the skin)

2 tablespoons milk

1/3 cup organic sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1 pinch cinnamon

Little less than 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

ONECombine all ingredients, except for flour, into a food processor.  Blend until smooth.

TWOStir in flour to thicken mixture.

THREEPour, carefully, the sweet potato mixture over the candied pecan mixture.

Pie Layered

Layers of Yummy Goodness

FOURBake pie for about 40 minutes or until pie is done in the middle.

Slice of Happiness

FIVEEnjoy 😋😋😋

NOTEServe with whipped cream or ice cream. For an extra treat, sit some candied pecan filling aside & top pie slices with a dollop of candied pecan filling.

When You Don’t Need a Whole Cheesecake: Individual No-Bake Cheesecakes

I am amazed by and in awe of people who love to bake.  Baking is an exacting science that I have not mastered.  With that said, I choose to stay in my lane and bake on occasion only when I have a recipe.  I will buy cookies, cakes, and pies.  If I assemble any dessert on a reguIar basis, it is banana pudding, yogurt parfaits, no bake cheesecakes, or some type of doctored up fruit.

One Saturday, while watching a movie that didn’t hold my interest, my mind drifted to how was I going to satisfy my sweet tooth.  It didn’t help that an orange juice commercial came on showing different uses for mason jars.  Before the commercial break was over, I looked in the refrigerator to see one package of cream cheese, whole strawberries, and sweet potatoes. The wheels began to spin.   I sliced the strawberries up, added a tad bit of key lime juice, and some agave nectar.

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The next day I turned on package of cream cheese into two different no bake cheesecakes.

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The one thing I would change is the simulated graham cracker crust layer in the bottom of the jars.  I would either use mini vanilla wafers, crumbled graham cracker pieces, or simply not add the layer to the bottom of the jar.

 

Cheesecake Mixture:
1  8oz container Cream Cheese
2 Vanilla Beans (or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract)—I prefer Vanilla Beans
2 tablespoons Agave Nectar (or Pure Cane Sugar)—I prefer Agave Nectar
1 pint Heavy Cream (or 1 cup)

ONEAdd Cream Cheese to bowl.

TWOSlice each bean in half & scrape its contents into the bowl (discard outer pod unless you want to use it to infuse your favorite oil or liquor).

THREEAdd Agave Nectar. 

FOURMix well.

FIVEAdd Heavy Cream and mix until smooth.

Sweet Potato:
2 medium Sweet Potatoes
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Agave Nectar
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Stars of Anise

ONEBake sweet potatoes for 30 minutes or until done (Wrap each sweet potato in aluminum and poke holes in each potato with a fork).

TWORoast the Star of Anise in a sauce pan on low heat for 5 minutes.

THREEAdd butter to sauce pan.
 
FOURRemove star of anise from butter.

FIVEWhen sweet potatoes are fully cooked, allow to cool (I removed the foil and ran under cold water for a quick second.

SIXMash sweet potatoes in a bowl.

SEVENAdd nutmeg, cinnamon, agave nectar, and seasoned butter.

EIGHTMix well.

NOTEIf you would like a smoother texture to the sweet potato mixture, add a ¼ cup of milk of choice.  Add mixture to food processor.  Mix until smooth.

Strawberries:
1 pound of fresh Strawberries
1 teaspoons of Key Lime juice (lemon or regular Lemon Juice will work.  I ran out of both.)
1 teaspoon Agave Nectar

ONEClean and slice strawberries (Remember to discard the green tops).

TWOAdd Key Lime juice and Agave Nectar.

THREECover strawberries and place in refrigerator until chill (I prefer to let the juicy goodness of all fruits to sit overnight.)

Graham Cracker Layer:
2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 tablespoon Butter
¼ Sugar

ONEMelt Butter in microwavable bowl.

TWOAdd Graham Cracker crumbs and sugar.

NOTEClean 4 pint size mason jars.  Ensure the mason jars have tops.

Assemble Cheesecakes:
ONELayer the bottom of each jar with Graham Cracker mixture.

TWOPress until firm (mixture will still be somewhat loose).

THREEAdd Cream Cheese mixture and then add Strawberries to 2 of the jars.

FOURContinue to layer Cream Cheese and Strawberries.

FIVEComplete the layer process with the Cream Cheese mixture and Sweet Potato mixture to the remaining 2 jars.

SIXPlace jars in refrigerator and allow to chill of at least 3 hours.