Sweet potato pie is a true Southern tradition. It may look a lot like pumpkin pie, but it’s completely different. It’s a bit denser and has a great depth of flavor. The cinnamon compliments the sweet potato filling but doesn’t overpower it. I pair this pie with a cinnamon whipped cream – which is probably not very Southern, but a little heavy whipping cream makes everything taste better.
It’s become a tradition to serve this wonderful rendition of sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I hope you make this pie for your family, it’s easy to make and there’s something very comforting about this pie. It’s like a slice of home, complete with all the love and joy you’d expect from a Southern dessert.
Sweet Potato Pie
Bake time: 60 mins Yields: two 9 inch pies
4 medium-large sweet potatoes, cooked (either boiled or roasted) (about 4 C cooked)
1 C regular butter
1 tsp salt
4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ C sugar
2 frozen deep pie crust (you can make your own crust if you wish, but I always run out of time during the holidays and need a little extra help from Marie Callendar’s!)
Either boil or roast the sweet potatoes until fork tender. (I roast them because it really brings out the sweetness in the sweet potatoes. I wash them and use a fork to poke the potatoes all over and wrap the potato in foil. Bake on a baking sheet at 400º for about 60 mins or until fork tender)
Preheat oven to 350º
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add butter and salt. Beat with a hand mixer until combined and smooth. Add the rest of ingredients and beat until combined. The consistency should be smooth with no lumps. If you have a lot of lumps you can pass the pie filling through a fine sieve to remove any lumps and for a silkier texture. I’m usually lazy and pour the filling as is into the crust…it lends for a more “home-style” pie.
Evenly distribute the pie filling into two deep pie crust. Place pies onto baking sheet and place into oven for about 50-65 mins or until the pie is set and firm in the center. If your crust is browning too quickly – tent a piece of foil over the pie to protect the crust. Let pies cool. Serve as is (warm or cold) or with cinnamon whipped cream.
Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Time: ~10 mins Yields: 2 Cups of Cinnamon Whipped Cream
1 C heavy whipping cream
½ tsp cinnamon
1-2 tbs powder sugar, depending on how sweet you like your whipped cream
In a large bowl add whipping cream, cinnamon and powder sugar and beat with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. You want to start beating on a slower speed to prevent splashing and increase the speed as the cream begins to stiffen.
Serve a dollop of whipped cream with the sweet potatoe pie or pipe with a round tip (I used Wilton tip 1A) along the edge of the crust and a large dollop in the center of the pie.
This looks SO delicious!! Cannot wait to try it 🙂 Also really want to try your creamy corn/jalapeño casserole!!
I’ve heard about it and seen it all over the place but never at a gathering I’ve attended so maybe it is a southern thing. Yours looks very pretty and I’d love to get a nice spoonful or two of that whipped topping yum!!
believe it or not i wanted to make sweet potato pie all season, thought it would photograph well… and it did, yours looks beautiful…
You already know we’ll be eating sweet potato pie for Christmas. It was definitely on the Thanksgiving dinner table. 🙂
I love sweet potato pie! It’s similar enough to pumpkin but not quite the same…you really describe that difference perfectly!
I just wanted to say Hi, I just found you thru Tate’s Bake Shop on FB, I have a giveaway going on too. I love your blog, your photos are amazing!
Keep up the great work!!
Julie: Thank you! You’re gonna love the corn casserole!
Rachel: Thank you!! It’s definitely a southern thing…hopefully you’ll get to try it sometime soon.
Louise: Thank you — it’s my weakness during the holidays!!
The Duo Dishes: Yay for my two southern friends! I would have it all year long if my waist line could afford it! 🙂
Rachel: Me too! Mmmmm…people should try it themselves and decide which is better – it’s similar but different (I vote Sweet Potato Pie!)
Liz@HoosierHomemade: Hi Liz!! Yay – so glad you found us!! Thank you so much – I really appreciate it!! Take care!
mmm 🙂 yummy! at first I thought the whipped cream was marshmallow creme…beautiful presentation! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you Erin!!