Sweet Potato Pie

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    1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
    2. Prepare or thaw a 9-inch pie crust and place on an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet and set aside.
    3. Boil cubed sweet potatoes in non-salted water until fork tender, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Transfer to blender or food processor and mix until very smooth. Measure exactly 2 cups of puree and transfer to bowl. Save any remaining amount for later (or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and eat it as a snack right now!) 
    4. Add half and half, brown sugar, and butter and whisk smooth. Whisk in eggs, spices and salt.
    5. Pour filling into pie shell. Place in oven for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 350°F. Bake until pie no longer trembles in center and is set, about an additional 45 minutes.
    6. If desired roll remaining pie dough 1/8-inch thick and cut into leaf shapes using a paring knife or cookie cutter. Using back of knife indent dough leaves to create veins. Brush lightly with water and sprinkle evenly with sugar. Place in oven until light golden, about 12-15 minutes. Decorate baked pie with leaves.  
    7. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with Crème Chantilly if desired.
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