With each bite of this Sweet Potato Pie, you’ll taste notes of vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg! The sweet filling is rich and creamy, giving you the classic flavor of this holiday favorite.
- Why We Love This Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
- Variations on Southern Sweet Potato Pie
- How to Store and Reheat
- How to Freeze
- Serving Suggestions
- More Holiday Pie Recipes To Try
- Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
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- Recommended Equipment
- Becky’s tips
- Nutrition Information
- How to Make Sweet Potato Pie Step by Step
Why We Love This Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Sweet Potato Pie is a Thanksgiving and Christmas staple at our house. Here are a few reasons we love this easy recipe.
- Simple. A foolproof butter and shortening crust and filling made from simple ingredients will have your pie on the table in under 2 hours.
- Flavorful. This Southern-style sweet potato pie is so full of flavor and super soft and creamy! The vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg bring forward a classic fall flavor perfect for Thanksgiving.
- Beautiful. The gorgeous orange color and creamy texture are sure to wow your guests.
Variations on Southern Sweet Potato Pie
While I highly recommend making your own pie crust, you can use a store-bought crust in a pinch. Similarly, while fresh baked sweet potatoes lend the best flavor, you can use canned in a pinch Or, for a funky color, try using purple sweet potatoes!
In place of the cinnamon and nutmeg, you can use pumpkin pie spice. Or try adding a few tablespoons of bourbon or rum for an interesting depth of flavor.
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How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover sweet potato pie tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving and/or reheat in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes to crisp up the crust.
How to Freeze
Freeze leftover pie whole or in individual slices tightly wrapped in 2 layers of plastic wrap and 1 layer of aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.
Serve this tasty holiday pie with a dollop of whipped cream (or pumpkin spice whipped cream!) and a scoop of pumpkin ice cream! Wash it down with a pumpkin spice latte, apple cider hot toddy, or apple butter old fashioned!
Sweet potato pie is relatively healthy when compared to other pies, but it is about the same when compared to pumpkin pie. Sweet potatoes are chock full of fiber, iron, and vitamins B, C, and D. However, this pie still contains quite a bit of sugar and should be enjoyed in moderation!
While pumpkin and sweet potato pie have a somewhat similar taste, they differ in texture. Pumpkin pie is more custardy, dense, and spice-forward; while sweet potato pie has a lighter, airier texture, is milder in flavor, and is more naturally sweet.
If you notice your sweet potatoes are particularly stringy, you can beat them with a hand mixer or in a blender or food processor for a few minutes to break up the strings.
If your pie is runny, it is probably underbaked. Place it back into the oven for 5 minutes, then check for doneness, repeating until the filling is firm and the center is slightly puffed.
While I haven’t found it to be necessary with this recipe, you can blind bake the crust before filling it to keep it from getting soggy.
This pie will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days!
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How to Make Sweet Potato Pie Step by Step
Start the Crust: In a large bowl, whisk 1¼ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar, and ½ teaspoon of kosher salt together. Add in ¼ cup of cold and cubed unsalted butter and ¼ cup of cold and cubed vegetable shortening, and use a pastry cutter or two forks to combine the ingredients until the butter and shortening are pea-sized pieces or smaller.
Form the Crust: Add in 2 tablespoons of the ice water and stir until combined. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons tablespoons, one at a time, until the dough is crumbly, but begins to come together. Use your hands to gently knead the dough a few times until it comes together.
Chill the Crust: Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and form it into a disc. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Bake the Potatoes: While the dough chills, preheat oven to 425°F. Cut 1¼ pounds of sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and prick the skin all over. Place them cut-side-down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until the sweet potatoes are tender all the way through, about 45 minutes.
Roll the Crust: Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick spray. On a floured work surface, roll the chilled pie crust into a 12-inch circle. Transfer it to the pie plate and trim off any excess. Fold the edge of the crust under and use your finger and thumb to shape the crust. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
Mash the Potatoes: Once the sweet potatoes are cool enough to touch, scoop out the flesh and add it to a large bowl. Mash it until it is smooth.
Add the Eggs: Whisk in 2 large eggs until combined.
Make the Filling: Whisk in the ½ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of granulated sugar, 12 ounces (1 can) of evaporated milk, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and ⅛ teaspoon of kosher salt until smooth.
Fill the Pie: Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 15 minutes at 425°F.
Bake the Pie: Lower the oven temperature to 350°F and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the crust is golden, the edges of the pie are set, and the center is only slightly jiggly. Let cool completely at room temperature then cover and chill for 2-3 hours before serving.