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How to Make Sweet Potato Pie


Sweet potato pie is a classic Southern recipe that is super easy to make and tastes great. Sweet potatoes are a great idea for pie filling because it's cheap and gives you a delicious smooth structure. The recipe may slightly vary from family to family though. Learn how to make a traditional delicious sweet potato pie from scratch.


You'll need:

3-4 sweet potatoes or sweet potato puree;

½ cup softened butter;

½ cup milk, heavy cream, or evaporated milk;

1 cup granulated sugar;

3 eggs;

Pie crust;

Crushed pecans;

Ground nutmeg;

Ground cinnamon;

Vanilla extract;

Large mixing bowl;

Electric mixer or whisk;



  • Put your potatoes in a bowl, pour some cold water to cover them up, cover the pan with a lid, and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and keep cooking until it's nice and soft.
  • Give your potatoes a knife test - you know it's done when you pierce each potato with a knife and it comes easily all the way through.
  • Once done, drain and rinse the potatoes until they are cool enough to touch. -Peel the potatoes, put them in a bowl, add softened butter and blend until creamy. If you don't have a mixer, use a potato masher to mash the potatoes, add butter, and use a whisk to mix the ingredients until nice and even.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and keep mixing.
  • Place the crust in your baking pan. You can use a disposable aluminum pan, but plastic or metal pans are better because you know you won't bend the pan.
  • Smoothen the crust and sprinkle some crushed pecans all over the surface for extra crust.
  • Add the filling into a pan covered with crust and smoothen it with a spatula.
  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat it to 350F.
  • Put the pan into the oven and bake for 40-60 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven. You know your pie is ready when the knife inserted in the middle of the pie comes out clean.
  • Remove it from the oven and let it cool at room temperature for 30-40 minutes.
  • Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or any other icing of choice.


  • Don't forget to wash and scrub your potatoes before they go to the pan. You don't want to cook dirty vegetables.
  • Don't overbake your pie! Also, avoid baking it at too high temperature because it causes cracking. Bake your pie until the knife comes out almost (but not completely) clean. After that, turn off the heat and leave the pie in the oven for extra 10-20 minutes.
  • Don't use pecans if you or your family members or guests are allergic to nuts.
  • Don't decorate your pie with whipped cream or ice cream when it's still warm.



Sweet potato pie tastes a lot like pumpkin pie, but it's way easier to make because you don't have to mess with pumpkins. Besides, potatoes are easier to buy regardless of the season. Thus, you can enjoy this delicious pie all the year round. Feel free to add more sugar for extra sweetness and decorate your pie with roasted pecans.

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