This old-fashioned sweet potato pie is a luxurious dessert that's perfect for your Thanksgiving get-together. Nutmeg and cinnamon complement the distinct flavor of sweet potato, in a pie recipe that is fool-proof and easy!
While many people prefer pumpkin pie, there is no contest in my opinion. I grew up with sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I didn't even know that pumpkin pie existed (gasp) until I was much older!
Why you'll love this recipe
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all that we have in our lives. It’s a time of family. A time of reflection. A time of giving. No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without dessert. Sweet potato pie is one of my favorite holiday desserts.
Homemade sweet potato pie is real Southern comfort food. Fresh sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and nutmeg are the secrets to this delicious pie recipe.
Heather's helpful hints
It's best to boil the sweet potatoes right before you bake the pie. The texture will be much smoother when you mix the other filling ingredients right after boiling and peeling. If you store the potatoes in the fridge before mixing, the pie will have a grainier texture.
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Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie
- 9-inch pie dish
- wire cooling rack
- 1 pound sweet potatoes
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 9 inch unbaked pie crust
- Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
- Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.
Notes and Tips
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