Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

by Ben Cook

Sweet potato pie is to the Southerner what pumpkin pie is to the Thanksgiving fanatic. The history of this sweet dessert goes way back to the time of African slaves, early Europeans and the early Southern and New England residents. Sweet Potato Pie is related to Pumpkin Pie except that it is creamier, silkier and tastier. As soon as people found this to be so, Sweet Potato Pie took on steam, became much more well known than pumpkin in the south and has remained a mainstay in the holiday season.

Sweet Potato Pie comes in numerous variants and the recipe has frequently been handed down from generation to generation. Frequently, the recipes are not even on paper but, rather, in the memories of grandmas, moms and daughters. Each family has their very own variation and it's a great concept to try out many pie recipes as well as tweak a recipe to suit it to your own taste and make it your own. On top of everything, sweet potatoes are also a super food since they are filled with vitamins, fiber and potassium. Sweet Potato Pie is really a dessert which is a tradition, tasty and the ultimate in comfort foods as well.

Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients

(Feel free to add and subtract to create the Sweet Potato Pie your very own.)

2 cups of mashed sweet potato (about 2 sweet potatoes, depending on size), 3 eggs, beaten, 1 cup of evaporated milk, 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon (2 is for the cinnamon-lovers, 1 will also do), teaspoon nutmeg, teaspoon salt, 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 1 unbaked deep dish pie shell


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Mix everything and pour in to the pie crust.

3. Bake for about 50 minutes (start peeking at it in 40 minutes because everyone's oven is unique). When an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean then the pie is done.

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