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Pies and layering (pumpkin/custard and sweet potato/pecan)

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I have been thinking about pies lately and my mind drifts back to 2 that I remember from years gone by. The first was at an Amish restaurant and it was a layer of pumpkin pie on the bottom and custard pie on the top. It had a pastry crust. The second was at a cafeteria in Louisiana and it was sweet potato on the bottom with a layer of pecan pie on the top (not just pecans but the whole gooey, sticky, sweetness of a good pecan pie). I haven't ever seen recipes for these and don't know whether to prebake the bottom layers before adding the top layer. Any hints or other combinations?

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  1. Paul Prudhomme has a recipe for a sweet potato pecan pie in his first book "Chef Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen"

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    1. re: susu

      I make this every year for Thanskgiving, and people rave about it. It's a great recipe.

    2. I like to marble pumpkin pie with chocolate pumpkin on top.

      I've also eaten Mennonite tarts (I think they share the same roots with Amish) with berry on the bottom, and pecan maple on top.

      1. So what is the answer to Mimi's question about layered pumpkin and custard layer pumpkin pie? How is this done? What is the recipe?

        1. My impression is that all of these are versions of a custard, they should be fine with as simple a procedure as just layering the batter, right?

          1. Here is one recipe for pumpkin / pecan. Apparently you just carefully layer the pecan mixture on top of the custard.


            1. I've been looking for the pumpkin/custard recipe too...so far no luck. This pie is delicious! Thought of just getting the two recipes and layering them but from the recipes I've seen, the custard takes half as long to bake. In the pie I tasted the custard was on the bottom ... Maybe we could put the pumpkin on the bottom and bake it a bit then add the custard so they both get baked the right amount??? I don't bake much so I'm not sure if it would work...just an idea. Good hunting. If I find something, I'll be back :)

              1. Got an idea that might work I've been trying to work with a custard pie and Libby's pumpkin pie recipes...I just found some pumpkin pies that don't require baking. Maybe a half recipe of custard baked and then topped with the pumpkin? Hmmmmm...I wonder if the half recipe will call for changes to the custard baking time? Wish I knew more about baking! This could be a temporary fix until I can figure out the other one.The pie I tasted last year had custard on the bottom and the pumpkin on top.

                If I did the baking of both, it would be easier with the pumpkin on the bottom since it takes longer to bake.

                1. I make a Butternut Squash Chestnut pie that has on the bottom a roasted maple chestnut puree, then on top a butternut squash filling, akin to a pumpkin pie filling but better IMO :-)
                  And, I do nothing different with the baking process, simply layer and bake as I would a traditional pumpkin pie.

                  1. I just posted Pumpkin n Custard Layer Pie to Recipezaar.com (not published yet)...usually takes a couple days. When it comes up, it'll be Recipe #126297. It was easier than I thought it would be except I have a small oven and had to bake them one at a time. The recipe is for 2 9-inch deep-dish pies.

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                    1. re: marisk

                      Here's the link. http://www.recipezaar.com/277123 for my recipe. If you try it and have any suggestions to make it better, I'd appreciate hearing from you :)