Sliced Sweet Potato Pie

1/2 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts
2 1/2 pounds small, slender sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch rounds
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 (4- x 1-inch) orange peel strips
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon loosely packed orange zest
1/2 teaspoon table salt
Streusel Topping (see below)

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Fit pie crust into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate; fold edges under, and crimp. Bring potatoes, next 2 ingredients, and 1 cup water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 6 minutes or until potatoes are just tender.

  2. Transfer potatoes to a large colander, reserving cooking liquid. Rinse potatoes with cold water. Transfer cooking liquid and orange peel strips to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until reduced to 1/4 cup. Reserve 2 Tbsp. potato-orange liquid; discard remaining liquid.

  3. Transfer potatoes to a bowl; toss with brown sugar, next 4 ingredients, and reserved 2 Tbsp. potato-orange liquid. Spoon into crust; sprinkle with streusel.

  4. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, shielding with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool completely.

Streusel Topping

3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon table salt

Stir together pecans, flour, brown sugar, melted butter, granulated sugar, pumpkin
pie spice, and table salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Crumble into small pieces.

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