Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

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Sweet Potato Pie – How to make an old fashioned southern sweet potato pie that’s simple, classic, and oh so scrumptious! Easy dessert for Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

slice of sweet potato pie with whipped cream topping and fork on ivory colored plate

This delicious, old fashioned, sweet potato pie recipe is one I’m sharing from my grandmother’s recipe box (though I’ve added a couple extra ingredients). The recipe card actually has my Aunt Jennie’s name written at the top, along with a date from 1980.

As a little girl, we would often visit family in Texas, including my Great Aunt Jennie. Aunt Jennie was one of a kind, and it was always fun going to see her.

While I’ve never been a huge fan of sweet potatoes, I do love me some good old fashioned sweet potato pie… And apple crumb pie and classic pecan pie and caramel custard pie, yum! Add a dollop of whipped cream on top, and you’ve got a very yummy holiday dessert.

slice of southern sweet potato pie with whipped cream topping on white plate with fork

This pie is super easy to make, and it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients. But unless you’re using canned sweet potato, be sure to cook your sweet potatoes beforehand and have them ready to go.

I JUST WANT THE RECIPE! WHERE CAN I FIND THE PRINTABLE RECIPE FOR SWEET POTATO PIE?

If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the scrumptious sweet potato pie recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

DOES SWEET POTATO PIE TASTE LIKE PUMPKIN PIE?

Sweet potato pie is a lot like pumpkin pie, only it’s made with sweet potatoes. It has the same look and a very similar texture.

whole sweet potato pie in baking dish on dark gray countertop

CAN I USE CANNED SWEET POTATO TO MAKE THIS PIE?

Yes, you can use canned sweet potato, which is certainly easier to do.

I prefer to use fresh sweet potatoes. They just need to be prepared beforehand.

HOW TO PREP FRESH SWEET POTATOES FOR SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE

You can either boil or bake the sweet potatoes to cook them.

If you decide to boil the sweet potatoes, you’ll need to wash and peel them before you boil them. If you decide to bake them, you can bake them in the skins, and then remove the skins after they’ve cooled.

Then just purée the sweet potatoes in a blender to get them ready for pie. You’ll want a smooth, creamy texture to your sweet potato purée.

TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO PIE

Before you get started, just make sure you’ve prepped both your sweet potatoes and pie crust.

unbaked single pie crust for old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe

If you prefer a traditional roll-out crust, you may enjoy this pie crust. If you want to keep it easy, try  making this easy shortcut no-roll pie crust.

  • Using a mixer, mix together the sweet potato purée, eggs, flour, sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Add in the salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, whipping the mixture until it’s blended well. You may need to scrape the sides of your mixing bowl and mix again.

sweet potato pie filling in mixing bowl with white spatula; how to make sweet potato pie

  • Pour the mixture into your prepared and unbaked pie crust.
  • Bake the pie at 350° for about an hour, or until it’s firm.

uncooked sweet potato pie with filling in crust

Once your pie has cooled, slice it, add a dollop of whipped cream, and you’re all set to enjoy every bite, along with a cup of coffee. Can’t forget a warm mug of coffee to bring all the flavors full circle!

bite of sweet potato pie on fork

HOW TO TELL WHEN YOUR SWEET POTATO PIE IS DONE

You can use a toothpick, table knife, or cake tester to see if your pie is done, but being the type of pie this is, you may still see a bit of residue on your tester. So this may not be an accurate way of telling whether or not it’s done.

When you go to take it out of the oven, your pie should still be a little bit jiggly. If it’s more than just a little jiggly, it needs more time in the oven.

It’s a fine line between under-baking and over-baking when it comes to custard pie. On one hand, you don’t want it to be uncooked in the middle; on the other hand, you don’t want it to crack and be too dry.

plain slice of sweet potato pie on white plate

The pie will continue to cook even when you take it out of the oven. As it cools, it will firm up; placing it in the fridge after cooling will help even more.

If you’re looking for more holiday recipes, you’ll find a whole slew of them on my list of the Best Thanksgiving Recipes and the Best Christmas Recipes.

CAN I FREEZE SWEET POTATO PIE?

Yes, you can freeze sweet potato pie. Just make sure it’s covered well so it doesn’t get freezer burn.

slice of old fashioned sweet potato pie with dollop of whipped cream on white plate with fork

You may also want to make it in a pie dish you don’t plan to use again before you take the pie out of the freezer; or use a disposable aluminum pie plate.

The Kitchn has a great tutorial on how to freeze pumpkin pie with all sorts of helpful tips that would work just as well for sweet potato pie.

slice of southern sweet potato pie with whipped cream on white plate with fork

KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE SWEET POTATO PIE

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer – My mixer is the one small kitchen appliance I wouldn’t want to live without. I love it and use it all the time.

Glass Measuring Cup – for measuring out liquids.

Pie Plate – Can’t bake a pie without this.

Pie Shield or Aluminum Foil – to keep the edges of your crust from burning.

Baking Tester – Check whether your pie (or cake) is done.

Wire Rack – for cooling the pie.

Pie Server – because who doesn’t love a pretty pie server from The Pioneer Woman?

Coffee Maker with Coffee – Some of my favorite memories are dessert with my grandmother. She always loved a hot cup of coffee with her pie.

SWEET POTATO PIE RECIPE

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Sweet Potato Pie

How to make an old fashioned southern sweet potato pie that's simple, classic, and oh so scrumptious! Easy dessert for Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Christmas, Dessert, Pie, Thanksgiving
Keyword how to make sweet potato pie, old fashioned sweet potato pie, southern sweet potato pie, sweet potato pie, sweet potato pie recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 282 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Using a mixer, mix together the sweet potato purée, eggs, flour, sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. 

  2. Add in the salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, whipping the mixture until it’s blended well. 

  3. You may need to scrape the sides of your mixing bowl and mix again.

  4. Pour the mixture into your prepared and unbaked pie crust.

  5. Bake the pie at 350° for about an hour, or until it’s firm.*

  6. Allow the pie to cool.**

  7. Once your pie has cooled, slice it, add a bit of whipped cream, and you’re all set to enjoy every bite with a cup of coffee.

Recipe Notes

*When you go to take it out of the oven, your pie should still be a little bit jiggly. If it’s more than just a little jiggly, it needs more time in the oven.

**This pie is even better after chilling for 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 454mg 19%
Potassium 202mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 28g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 103.9%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 8.6%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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33 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Pie Recipe”

  1. We never actually had sweet potato pie growing up in West Texas, but my dad would always talk about HIS great-aunt’s sweet potato pies growing up! Seems like such a fun legacy :)

    • Do you mean real yams, or are you using sweet potato/yam interchangeably? Most yams in the US are only sold in select markets or Latin grocers. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen yams in the stores, but then I’m from the south where we must have our sweet potatoes!

      • It should be a large can (not the small cans) of evaporated milk. That’s what’s called for in pumpkin pies, so I would think the same amount of milk is right. That’s 12 oz.

  2. Okay I am not a dumb blonde, but I accidentally left out the evaporated milk!!!!! Do you think it is ruined?? My wonderful sweet potato pie is still cooking. (And I was trying so hard to impress my husband.

    • Vanessa, oh no! I’m not sure how it will turn out…. that tends to add a bit more flavor and creaminess. You’ll just have to see; let me know how it turns out!:)


  3. Good Evening Mel, As I live in England, I am fascinated by this sweet potato pie, because I use sweet potato in savoury dishes, but never in sweet dishes.
    I will have to try your recipe, as it is really interesting. I just have to remember I am making a sweet dessert.
    Thank you to your Great Aunt Jennie for this recipe.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

    • Hello, Daphne, I’m so happy you stopped by. Yes, sweet potato pie is a Thanksgiving staple, especially in the South. Even our sweet potato casseroles are sweeter in nature. That may or may not be a good thing. :) I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thank you!

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