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Maria's Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Maria is a master of public health, and a master gardener. She & husband Bo, known online as The Gardener & The Cook are in coastal Alabama.

Sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie

Memories of My Grandmother's Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie is an old Southern favorite. I’m going out on a limb, but I believe it is more popular than pumpkin pie around here. I know it always has been in my family.

My paternal grandmother always made sweet potato pie for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Her pies were so very good.

I have searched for some of her old recipes, but cannot find them. So I created this one for Thanksgiving in 2021. I compared it to my sweet potato casserole recipe, which calls for a quarter cup of orange juice, but no cinnamon. I definitely used cinnamon for this pie.

I hoped it would taste like the ones she used to make. It came very close, but may still need some tweaking. I’ll let you know if I make changes.

We couldn't wait to try this, my first attempt at making a sweet potato pie. It was delicious, if I do say so myself.

We couldn't wait to try this, my first attempt at making a sweet potato pie. It was delicious, if I do say so myself.

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Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened (we use vegan butter)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup milk (we use almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A dash of salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 unbaked pie shell

Instructions

  1. With an electric mixer, combine the potatoes with the softened butter.
  2. Add the sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add seasonings, and adjust to suit your taste.
  4. Add the beaten eggs only after you are done tasting the mixture.
  5. Pour the mixture into an unbaked pie crust.
  6. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 50 to 60 minutes, depending on your oven. (If the pie is done, a toothpick or knife inserted into the pie should come out clean.)
The finished pie, ready to cut.

The finished pie, ready to cut.

Sometimes the crust can get too brown before the pie appears to be set. If this happens, put a pie crust shield or strips of aluminum foil over the crust to prevent burning.

I used to use aluminum foil, but it usually didn’t want to stay in place, so I finally got a pie crust shield. Below is a photo of my shield. It has protected many pie crusts.

This little shield has saved many a pie crust from getting burned.

This little shield has saved many a pie crust from getting burned.

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