Easy Sweet Potato Pie

This easy sweet potato pie recipe is a family favorite. It’s a creamy mix of a smooth custard filling perfumed with classic fall spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice). It’s super easy to make and the perfect addition to your holiday spread.

Have you ever tried sweet potato pie? Even though I grew up in the south, I’d never had it until I met my husband and he introduced me to this southern family favorite. Now it’s our go-to pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas baking.

Sweet potato pie is a mix of a creamy custard filling perfumed with classic fall spices. It's easy to make & the perfect addition to your holiday spread. | www.grownupdish.com

Recipe Tips

You can use any orange-fleshed sweet potato or yam.

Baking the sweet potatoes rather than boiling them (or using canned sweet potatoes) gives the pie a richer flavor.

This recipe uses evaporated milk rather than sweetened condensed milk. This allows you to adjust the sweetness to your taste and also to use a sugar substitute if you prefer. (I like Lakanto monkfruit as well as Swerve brown sugar substitute.)

Make sure that you taste the batter before you pour into the pie shell for baking. That way you can decide if you want to add a little extra sweetness or spice.

Sweet potato pie is a mix of a creamy custard filling perfumed with classic fall spices. It's easy to make & the perfect addition to your holiday spread. | www.grownupdish.com

Sweet Potato Pie vs Pumpkin Pie

Sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie are more similar than different. Both come in various shades of orange and brown, are custard-based and seasoned with spices like nutmeg, cloves, allspice and cinnamon.

Yet it’s the slight contrasts — pumpkin is nuttier and lighter with a more muted taste, while sweet potato tends to be denser with a more redolent flavor profile.

“Our national pie divide is deepest when people choose between pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie on Thanksgiving Day,” Miller wrote in the Washington Post.

The pie’s affinity in the South and with black Americans, historians agree, stems from the sweet potato’s history as a major crop in the South and a common go-to option for slaves when preparing food for both themselves and the white families they served. Indeed, a Google Trends search found the most interest in sweet potato pie was in the deep south: Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgian, Alabama and South Carolina.

Which Is Healthier – Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Pie?

When choosing between two vegetables, it’s basically impossible to make a wrong decision. According to Prevention Magazine, if you had to choose between sweet potatoes and pumpkin, the spuds are the clear winner. Not only do they have more protein than pumpkin, but they also have twice as much fiber and nearly three times as much vitamin A, a nutrient that helps the heart, lungs and kidneys work properly.

To learn even more about how these two fall favorites stack up, check out this handy chart:

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Easy Sweet Potato Pie


  • Author: jzmcbride
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x

Description

This easy sweet potato pie recipe is a family favorite. It’s a creamy mix of a smooth custard filling perfumed with classic fall spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice). It’s super easy to make and the perfect addition to your holiday spread.


Ingredients

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  • 1 deep dish pie crust, purchased or homemade
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute (monkfruit)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or mix 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Wash and prick sweet potatoes with a fork. Roast in the oven for for one hour until soft. Let cool and then scrape the pulp out of the skin, transfer to a bowl and mash.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Add eggs, spices and evaporated milk.
  5. When smooth, add sweet potato mixture and thoroughly combine.
  6. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell. Bake on bottom of oven for 1 hour until center of pie is firm.
  7. Garnish with whipped cream or ice cream.

Notes

You can easily make this pie sugar-free by substituting monk fruit for the white and brown sugar.

  • Category: recipe
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: southern

Keywords: sweet potato pie, sweet potato, southern dessert, pie recipe, sweet potato pie recipe, easy sweet potato pie

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