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Easy Sweet Potato Pie

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The best, classic, old fashioned, easy sweet potato pie recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, mashed sweet potatoes with hint of orange and vanilla flavors.

This is the perfect old fashioned Thanksgiving dessert. It can even be transformed into a crustless pie, making it a great choice if you have gluten-free individuals in your family or as guests. This Sweet Potato Bread is another family favorite during the holidays, so make sure to give it a try!

How To Make Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Recipe?

  1. In a bowl– Add mashed sweet potatoes, butter, condensed milk and mix until smooth.
  2. Add eggs, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, orange zest (optional), vanilla extract– Mix until combined.
  3. Pour this sweet potato mixture in an unbaked deep dish pie shell (9 inches).
  4. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes– Until the filling has set and crust is golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven– Let it cool completely.
  6. Use a sharp knife to cut slices– Enjoy!

What To Serve With Sweet Potato Pie?

I like to serve this pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top or fresh homemade whipped cream! You can also top it with homemade caramel sauce or a salted caramel drizzle.

Storage

Refrigerate- In a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freeze- You can freeze this pie If you freeze it BEFORE baking. If you freeze it after baking, the crust will become soggy when thawed.

Reheat- It can be eaten cold or reheated in the microwave.

Variations

Vegan sweet potato pie– Use vegan butter in place of butter, flax eggs in place of regular eggs, and full-fat coconut cream in place of sweetened condensed milk.

Crustless sweet potato pie– Simply omit the crust and bake the same.

Purple sweet potato pie– Use purple sweet potatoes in place or orange ones for a visual surprise!

Mini sweet potato pies– Cut out small circular crusts using a biscuit or cookie cutter on the pie crust. Place them in a cupcake tin or mini pie dish and fill with sweet potato filling. Baking time will vary based on size, so watch till the filling is set and crust is lightly browned.

Add marshmallow topping– After the pie is baked, cover the top in miniature marshmallows and broil for 1-2 minutes, watching the whole time so the crust and marshmallows do not burn.

Add crumble topping– Make the crumble topping from this Easy Apple Crumble Pie, and bake the pie with it on spread evenly on top.

Add bourbon– This warm flavor will compliment the sweet potato nicely.

Add candied pecan topping– Add candied pecans, or your favorite nut, for added texture and flavor.

Use salted browned butter– This adds more depth of flavor.

Tips And Techniques

How do you know when sweet potato pie is done? When the center of the pie is set and the crust is lightly browned, then the pie is done. You can insert a knife and if it comes out moist, and mostly clean, it is finished.

Why is my pie soggy? Why is my pie filling runny? How to fix runny sweet potato pie? It has too much liquid in it, or it hasn’t been baked long enough. If it has too much liquid in it before baling, mix in a small amount of flour. If it is runny while baking, continue baking for a little longer until the center of the pie is set.

How to make mashed sweet potatoes?– You can make them many ways! You can microwave poked sweet potatoes, till fork tender. You can bake them whole, once again poking holes to release the steam. With either of these methods, simply scoop out the flesh when they are done cooking, and mash with a fork or potato masher. You can also boil the peeled and cubed potatoes till fork tender as yet another option.

Cannot replace condensed milk with evaporated milk or regular milk– They are all very different! Condensed milk provided the best flavor with the correct amount of sweetness, and that is why I recommend it for this recipe.

Mashed sweet potatoes vs. pumpkin puree– Pumpkin tends to be a lighter and nuttier flavor, and sweet potatoes are a little sweeter with a heavier flavor. They produce two different flavors, but will have a very similar texture overall.

Why is my pie cracked? This means the pie is over-baked. Make sure to keep an eye on the pie during baking to prevent this from happening.

What size pie shell to use? I recommend a 9 inch pie shell. You can use an 8 inch pie shell. Just don’t fill it all the way to the top. You will end up with some leftover batter and that can be used to make mini pies, if you like.

How to keep the crust from over- browning? You can protect them by using a a pie crust shield. You can also cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil, halfway through baking.

Cool the pie completely– Or else you will not get clean slices when you cut into it.

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Easy Sweet Potato Pie

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
 

The best, classic, easy sweet potato pie recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, mashed sweet potatoes with hint of orange.

Servings: 8 Slices
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pie, old fashioned pie, thanksgiving pie recipe
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Sweet potatoes Baked or boiled or microwaved, Peeled, Mashed, Should be about 2 cups
  • 1/4 cup Butter Unsalted, Room temperature
  • 1 can Sweetened condensed milk 14 oz. can
  • 2 Eggs Large, Lightly beaten with a fork
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp Orange zest Optional
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Pie shell 9 inch, Deep dish, Unbaked

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add mashed sweet potatoes, butter, condensed milk and mix until smooth.

  2. Add eggs, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, orange zest (optional), vanilla extract and mix until combined.

  3. Pour this sweet potato mixture in an unbaked deep dish pie shell (9 inches).

    Note: You can also use an 8 inch pie shell. Just don't fill it all the way to the top. You will end up with some leftover batter and that can be used to make mini pies, if you like.

  4. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until the filling has set and crust is golden brown.

    If you are worried about the pie crust edges over-browning, you can protect them by using a a pie crust shield. You can also cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil, halfway through baking.

  5. Remove from oven and let it cool completely.

  6. Then, use a sharp knife to cut slices. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Easy Sweet Potato Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 247mg10%
Potassium 411mg12%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 8413IU168%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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