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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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared and unbaked pie crust.
- Bake the pie at 350° for about an hour, or until it’s firm.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
KITCHEN TOOLS YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE SWEET POTATO PIE
Glass Measuring Cup – for measuring out liquids.
Pie Plate – Can’t bake a pie without this.
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?
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!
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.
Pour the mixture into your prepared and unbaked pie crust.
Bake the pie at 350° for about an hour, or until it’s firm.*
Allow the pie to cool.**
*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.