Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
July 12, 2014
Since sweet potatoes have been traditionally cheap to buy and easy to grow, they became a mainstay in the Southern diet back in the Civil War days. They are not as popular today but baked sweet potatoes are often served on holidays and sweet potato pie is still a favorite anytime.
Here's a tip about this recipe: if you like pumpkin pie, just substitute a 15 oz can of pumpkin pie filling for the sweet potatoes and you have a pumpkin pie. All the other ingredients and procedures are exactly the same.
If you prefer not to use prepared (canned) filling, you can cook your own sweet potatoes very easily. Just boil about 4-5 large sweet potatoes (enough for 1 3/4 cups of filling) in plain water until a fork pushed into the potatoes enters easily. Then scrape out the inside of the potatoes from the peeling and process in a food processor until you obtain a paste consistency. (You can do this with a fork if you do not have a processor).
Sweet Potato Pie
1 hour 5 minutes
1 hour 25 mins
Yield: 2 nine inch pies
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 oz (8 tablespoons) butter (softened)
- 1 and 3/4 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (or use canned pie filling)
- 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk (do not substitute regular milk-it will not set properly)
- 2 nine inch uncooked pie shells (not deep dish)
1. Mix sugar, cinnamon and ginger in a large bowl
2. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, add vanilla and butter, mix well.
3. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients while stirring.
4. Add sweet potatoes to mix and stir.
5. Add evaporated milk. Mix well.
6. Pour mixture into pie shell(s).
7. Bake in pre-heated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes
8. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 40-50 minutes or when a toothpick stuck into center of pie comes out dry.
9. Cool pie 1 hour before cutting. Top with whipped cream and cherries or pecans if desired. Refrigerate left-over but do not freeze.
NOTE: Check pie after baking for 20-30 minutes. If outer edges of crust are starting to burn cover with aluminum foil and continue baking per step #8.