Nothing says it’s the holidays like a sweet, richly spiced sweet potato pie! So easy to make and always impresses guests, why not make this instead of a pumpkin pie?
Sweet Potato Pie
A real Southern tradition, the sweet potato is the South’s answer to the Thanksgiving staple of pumpkin pie.
While many people might scoff at the idea of not eating 17 pumpkin pie slices for Thanksgiving, the sweet potato pie is really delicious in its own right and worthy of inclusion on any holiday dinner table.
Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Pie crust, bottom part only
• Baked sweet potatoes
• Salted butter, melted
• White sugar
• Brown sugar
• Whipping cream
• Vanilla extract
• Pumpkin Pie Spice
• Eggs, beaten
How To Make Sweet Potato Pie
• Place the pie pastry onto the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate and set aside
• In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sweet potato and the melted butter
• Add in the sugars, cream, flour, vanilla extract, and the pumpkin pie spice
• Beat until combined, and then taste test, adding more spice if needed
• Add in the eggs, beating them at medium speed until the mixture is totally smooth
• Pour the filling into the pie plate
• Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for about 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean
• Remove and let cool completely before serving and topping with whipped cream
Why Do You Need To Bake Your Sweet Potatoes?
This recipe, like many others involving sweet potatoes, urges you to use only baked sweet potatoes. Instead of boiling them, steaming them, or, as some people strangely insist on doing, deep-frying them.
The reason for this isn’t just tradition, though; it is just the best option.
When you bake your sweet potato, all of the rich, sweet, and delicious juices stay inside the potato as it cooks. Once done, all of that intense, delicious flavor is still in the potato, instead of leaching out into the water if you were to boil it instead.
Plus, it results in such a better texture! The sugars caramelize, darkening everything and making the whole thing just absolutely incredible.
Another smaller added benefit is the fact that you have fewer dishes to clean! Baking a sweet potato can be done just on the wire rack of your oven, or just place on a piece of foil, so you don’t have to clean the sticky goop out of your pots or pans if you tried to cook it another way.
Which One Is Better? Sweet Potato Pie Or Pumpkin Pie?
Both of these pies have a place at your holiday dessert table! Neither pie is any better than the other – honestly, they are about the same. One tastes a bit more like baked goods and is more pumpkin-y, and another tastes more like a sweet potato!
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Sweet Potato Pie
- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Cook Time
- 1 hour
- Karlynn Johnston
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
- Place your pie pastry into the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sweet potato and melted butter. Add in the sugars, cream, flour, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until combined, then taste test. Add more spice if needed.;
- Add in the eggs and then beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the filling into the prepared pie plate.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 55-65 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove and let cool.
- You can serve this warm or cold!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.