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How to Make Sweet Potato Pie

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Sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie

Why Sweet Potato Pie?

Now that the temperature is cooling down and we are approaching the fall season, I like to make foods that enhance the season. Sweet potato pie is certainly one of those desserts that spell "fall."

Recently, someone gave us a bag of sweet potatoes—and instantly I thought of sweet potato pie. I'd never made one before but had always wanted to, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

I found this recipe on the Taste of Home website. It was very simple to make, and the pie turned out to be just as delicious as I thought it would be. It looks just like a pumpkin pie and actually tastes similar but the texture is slightly different and you can tell, it's sweet potatoes.

This is a very Southern dessert. There are many Southern recipes I love, and this one is on the top of the list. You won't regret trying it.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

35 min

45 min

1 hour 20 min

6 to 8 servings




  • 2 or 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (2 cups cooked and mashed)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell 9 inches, (I used a 10 inch glass plate

Note About Pie Crusts

If you are intimidated by making pie crusts, use the ready-made pie crusts from the store. Just bring it to room temperature, roll it out, and place it in your pie plate.

I am not the best at making pie crusts, so I use the store-bought ones a lot. So don't feel bad about using it—your pie is still homemade!


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cook uncovered, until tender, 13 to 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to the pan. Mash until very smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  3. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add milk, 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees bake until set or a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes longer. Cool.
  5. Store the pie in the refrigerator. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or your favorite vanilla ice cream.

© 2020 Rachel L Alba


Rachel Alba on September 18, 2020:

Hi Mary, thanks for the visit and nice comment. I appreciate it. Enjoy the fall and the fall foods.

Blessings to you and stay safe.

Rachel Alba on September 18, 2020:

Hi Linda, thank you for the compliment. You are like me, I've heard of sweet potato pie and have seen it in magazines, but never had it. Now, I'm glad I did. I'm sure there are so many recipes for it, I just thought this was the simplest one and it was good.

Blessings to you and stay safe.

Rachel Alba on September 18, 2020:

Hi Peggy. I'm so happy to see your visit and comments. I'm sure you will enjoy this pie.

Blessings to you and stay safe.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 18, 2020:

That looks yummy. I love sweet potato, so might give this a try.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 17, 2020:

I've heard of sweet potato pie many times, but I've seen it in real life or eaten it. Your version sounds delicious. I like your house decorations, too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2020:

I just happen to have an unbaked pastry shell in our freezer. I added evaporated milk and the sweet potatoes to our grocery list and will be making this soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have pinned this to my pie board.

Rachel Alba on September 16, 2020:

Hi Pamela. You are so welcome. Unless you are really good at making crusts, I never understood why go through all of that trouble when you can buy one and it comes out perfect. This was the first time I had sweet potato pie and I'm glad I made it. Enjoy this recipe and the new fall season.

Rachel Alba on September 16, 2020:

Hi Louise, Louise is my middle name after my mother. I always liked that name. I noticed you are also known as Coffeequeen. This pie goes really good with coffee, in the morning or evening.

Have a great "fall" and stay safe.

Rachel Alba on September 16, 2020:

Hi Ivana, Love your name. Thank you for visiting and for your nice comment. I appreciate it.

Have a blessed fall.

Rachel Alba on September 16, 2020:

Hi Liz, Thank you for your visit and nice comment. I think there is nothing wrong with making life a little easier. lol

Have a great "fall" and stay safe.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 16, 2020:

I love sweet potato pie and haven't had it for years. This recipe looks great. I always buy the ready to use pastry. Thank you, Rachel.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 16, 2020:

I love sweet potato, but have never tried it in a pie before. I must say, this sounds lovely. I shall definitely try this recipe. Thanks!

Ivana Divac from Serbia on September 16, 2020:

Great recipe!

Liza from USA on September 16, 2020:

Rachel, your sweet potato pie looks absolutely yummy! I would love to slice and eat it if I have it in front of me now :) I think the pie would be great as Thanksgiving's dessert too. However, I'm so excited for the Fall. Seeing your front door wreath makes me want to start decor my house with fall ambiance. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Happy Fall!

Liz Westwood from UK on September 16, 2020:

This is a great idea. I also appreciate your encouraging note about using ready to use pastry.

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