Bourbon-Sweet Potato Pie Recipe from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Bourbon-Sweet Potato Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Photo: Emily Elsen
In our October issue we list the Top 10 Best Places for Pie in America. Get a taste of our picks as we break down these bakers’ skills and publish pie recipes from each spot that would share their secrets. By the end of this blog series, making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving will seem like a piece of…pie?
Our fifth pie in this series comes from Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, New York. Classic flavors and inventive creations spring up at this destination-worthy shop in the up-and-coming Gowanus neighborhood. We’ve got the recipe for one of its most popular flavors, the Bourbon-Sweet Potato Pie!
Bourbon-Sweet Potato Pie
by Melissa and Emily Elsen, Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Makes one 9-inch pie
Note: This recipe has not been tested in or styled by the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen.
For Crust (makes enough dough for 2 pies)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, plus more for greasing
8–10 tablespoons ice water with cider vinegar (combine 1 cup cold water, 1/8 cup cider vinegar, and ice)
2 cups sweet potato purée (either fresh or canned)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons bourbon
1 tablespoon St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (if not available, add 1 tablespoon more bourbon and a pinch of allspice)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (for serving)
Whisk flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and toss to coat with a bench scraper or spatula. With a pastry cutter, cut butter into flour, working quickly, until mostly pea-sized pieces of butter remain.
Sprinkle 4 Tbsp. water mixture over flour mixture, then mix with spatula until water is fully incorporated. Add more water, 1–2 Tbsp. at a time, and mix until dough comes together in a ball, with some dry bits remaining.Squeeze and pinch lightly with your fingertips to bring dough together, sprinkling dry bits with more drops of ice water if necessary to combine.
Divide dough in half and shape into 2 flat discs. Wrap discs in plastic and chill at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight to give the crust time to mellow.
Roll out 1 disk on lightly floured surface to a 12″ round. Transfer to 9-inch pie dish that has been lightly greased with unsalted butter.
Crimp edges of crust with your fingers. Chill 20 minutes or freeze 10 minutes.
Do Ahead: Dough can be made 3 days ahead; wrap tightly and chill, or freeze up to 1 month.
Preheat oven to 400°. Line crust in pie dish with layer of foil or baking parchment (do not use wax paper). Be certain that foil lines all of shell and covers crimped edge. Do not press down hard on crimped edge or foil will bake into crust. Pour pie weights or dry beans into lined pastry shell.
Bake crust until set but not overly browned, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove foil/parchment and weights/beans. Return crust to oven and bake 5 minutes. Let cool.
Mix sweet potato purée and butter in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, egg yolks, brown sugar, granulated sugar, nutmeg, salt, cloves, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add cream, bourbon, allspice dram, and vanilla.
Add egg mixture to sweet potato mixture and whisk lightly to combine. (Don’t overwhisk or it will create bubbles.)
Preheat oven to 350°. Transfer pie shell to a rimmed baking sheet; pour filling into shell. Bake pie until edges are set but center slightly wobbles, about 45 minutes.
Let cool at room temperature before slicing. Sprinkle each slice with powdered sugar just before serving.
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