Forget about the calories and have a slice of this sweet and filling American pie from Gordon Ramsay
- A pinch of salt
- 11/2tsp ground cinnamon
- 15g caster sugar
- 150g chilled, diced butter
- 1 small egg yolk
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 50g light brown sugar
- 50g caster sugar
- 1/2 egg
- 25ml double cream
- 25g soft unsalted butter
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4tsp ground cinnamon
- A pinch of ground mixed spice
- A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 150g brown sugar
- 75ml golden syrup
- 11/2 eggs, beaten
- 30g unsalted butter
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- A pinch of ground cinnamon
- 250g pecan nut halves
To make the pastry:
- Put the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon into a food blender and process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the egg yolk and 1-2tsp cold water and whiz for 30 secs. Continue to add water and pulse until you have a smooth dough that holds together.
- Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Wrap in Clingfilm and leave in the fridge for 30 mins.
To make the filling:
- Heat the oven to 190ºC/380F/gas 5
- Bake the sweet potatoes for 30-40 mins or until tender when pierced with a knife.
- Roll out the pastry as thinly as possible and use to line a 5cm deep, 20cm flan tin. Press well in to the edges and leave the excess pastry hanging over the edge. Line with greaseproof paper and fill with dried rice or beans. Rest in the fridge for 20 mins, then bake for 10 mins. Allow to cool, turn the oven down to 160ºC/320F/gas 3.
- Halve the sweet potatoes, scoop out the flesh and put in to a food processor. Add both the sugars, the egg, cream, butter, vanilla and ground spices. Process until just smooth.
- Trim the pastry edge level with the top of the tin, using a sharp knife. Pour in the sweet potato mixture.
- Now make the topping. Whisk the sugar, golden syrup, eggs, butter, vanilla and cinnamon together in a bowl until smooth. Spoon the mixture evenly over the filling.
- Arrange the pecans on top, pressing them down slightly. Bake for 13/4 hours or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin.
- Cut into small wedges and serve at room temperature, with cream.
Recipes taken from Gordon Ramsay’s Fast Food, Published by Quadrille, £12.99, Photographs by Jill Mead, Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy