Perfectly Southern Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato pie it's creamy and full of all the southern comforts you dream of! And it's cooked most perfectly flaky crust resistant to failure. Cade's mom is all about the Southern lore, and I love that she is like that. I have learned that while we in the north have recipes that our parents […]

Sweet potato pie it's creamy and full of all the southern comforts you dream of! And it's cooked most perfectly flaky crust resistant to failure.

Cade's mom is all about the Southern lore, and I love that she is like that. I have learned that while we in the north have recipes that our parents cook, the traditions of the south are rich in history and stories.

A photo of a slice of sweet potato pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top sitting on a white plate.

Sweet potato pie is a mix of lives. Like many sweet potato recipes, sweet potato pie was likely developed by African American slaves from traditional African culinary influences as an alternative to African yam, as these were not shipped, which which made it a staple of soul food today. however, it wasn't always a dessert but maaaaan it's so good!

What ingredients do you need for the sweet potato pie?

Sweet potato pie is made like a pumpkin pie. It seems like most people are more familiar with pumpkin pie making, and it's not much different. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Pumpkin pie spices
  • Cinnamon
  • Heavy cream (or evaporated milk, not regular milk)

Substitute pumpkin puree for the sweet potatoes and you've got the ingredients for the pumpkin pie, right? Go with the sweet potatoes this year! You will love it!

A photo of all the ingredients for the sweet potato pie in separate bowls - mashed sweet potatoes, dark brown sugar, butter, two eggs, vanilla, sugar, cream and cinnamon.

How to make a sweet potato pie

Like any good pie, you start by making a batch of our magic pie crust. Divide it into two balls and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge while you prepare the filling. Oh, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Sweet potatoes

Take a baking sheet and cook the sweet potatoes for 1 hour. You never want to boil or steam the sweet potatoes for a sweet potato pie. This changes the consistency and texture of the sweet potatoes so that the filling does not prepare properly.

When the sweet potatoes are cooked, let them cool until you can handle them, then scrape the pulp from the skins. Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and mash them.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Then add the eggs, vanilla, spices and salt and mix everything together. Add the cream (or evaporated milk) and mix.

Pour the mixture into the bowl with the sweet potatoes and beat everything with a hand mixer until smooth.

A photo of a glass bowl filled with potato pie filling candy with a rubber spatula.  The bowl is placed next to an empty pie crust.


Pour the filling into an uncooked pie crust. Place the pie on the lower rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour, shake the pie a bit. The center must be firm. If not, cook it a few more minutes until the center is set.

A photo of an uncooked sweet potato pie.

Let the pie rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve. We like it hot with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

A photo of a baked sweet potato pie covered in dollops of whipped cream with three slices removed.

What can you substitute for dark brown sugar?

You can make your own dark brown sugar by adding 1 tablespoon of molasses to 1 cup of light brown sugar, and if you don't have molasses, you can use real maple syrup instead. You can also just use light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar, but it will lack a bit of flavor depth.

In a really tough place, you can use honey instead of dark brown sugar. Use 2/3 cup of honey instead of dark brown sugar and add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to reduce the acidity of the honey.

A photo of a slice of sweet potato pie being removed from a whole pie.

What is pumpkin pie spice?

Pumpkin Pie Spice is a blend of hot spices commonly used to cook anything pumpkin, or in this case, sweet potato. It is usually made with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. If you can't find the actual mix at the store or don't have it on hand, you're totally fine with making your own. It's a great pumpkin pie spice recipe.

A photo of a bite-size sweet potato pie being pulled from a slice with a fork.

What is the difference between orange and white sweet potatoes?

White sweet potatoes have a lighter, softer skin, and they also have a milder flavor and smoother texture. Orange sweet potatoes have a stronger flavor with darker skin and a more solid texture. Orange sweet potatoes are what you want for this sweet potato pie recipe. You want that bold sweet potato flavor and a more robust texture for a perfect pie.

A photo of a slice of sweet potato pie sitting on a white plate with a silver fork sitting beside it.

What are the benefits of eating sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They also have anticancer, antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. So eating a slice of this pie is pretty good for you! Ok, not really, but sweet potatoes are good for the body!

A photo of a slice of sweet potato pie sitting on a white plate with the whole sweet potato pie in the background.

Why is the pie crust shrinking?

The main culprit of shrinking pie crust is not allowing the dough to rest. That's why we first prepare the pie crust and let it sit for a while. Rest allows the gluten in the crust to relax, which prevents shrinkage. You also don't want to over-manipulate the dough when mixing and rolling it out.

A photo of a slice of sweet potato pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top sitting on a white plate.

What makes the pie crust tough?

Too much water will make the pie dough sticky, which will result in a hard pie crust, as will over-mixing the dough. The pie dough should be mixed until the ingredients hold together when pressed. And never knead the pie dough!

A photo of a whole sweet potato pie with dollops of whipped cream on top and three slices removed from the whole pie.

How long does sweet potato pie keep?

A baked sweet potato pie will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator or until 1 month in the freezer. Whether you store it in the fridge or freezer, it should be well covered with plastic wrap.

A photo of a slice of sweet potato pie sitting on a white plate with a fork sitting next to it and other portions of pie in the background.

Join me on a journey to the comfort of the South with this perfect Sweet potato pie! The pie crust is buttery and flaky, and this sweet potato filling is creamy and flavorful. You will devour it!

A photo of a slice of sweet potato pie being removed from a whole pie.

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A slice of sweet potato pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top, sitting on a white plate with a fork next to it.

Perfectly Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 55 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Portions: ten

Don't want a pumpkin pie this year? This sweet potato pie is creamy and so tasty!

  • 4 Sweet potatoes way
  • 1 Chopped off Dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 Chopped off Sugar
  • 1/2 Chopped off Butter softened
  • 2 Tall Eggs beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Coffee spoons Pumpkin pie spices
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3/4 Chopped off Heavy cream or Evaporated milk will work too, but regular milk will not
  • 1 Pie crust uncooked
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Bake the sweet potatoes for 1 hour in the oven on a baking sheet. When finished, let cool. Scrape the pulp from the skin, transfer it to a large bowl and mash it. Put aside.

  • In a stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla, spices and salt. Add cream or evaporated milk and stir in the sweet potato mixture. Beat together with a mixer until smooth and pour into an uncooked pie shell.

  • Bake on the lower rack of the oven for 1 hour or until the center of the pie is firm. Serve hot with whipped cream.

Never boil or steam the sweet potatoes as the mixture will break up. Sweet potato pie will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator or can be frozen for a month.

Nutritional intake

Perfectly Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Quantity per serving (1 slice)

Calories 426 Calories from Fat 189

% Daily Value *

Fat 21g32%

Saturated fat 12g75%

Cholesterol 91 mg30%

Sodium 209 mg9%

Potassium 250 mgseven%

Carbohydrates 56 g19%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 39g43%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 7985IU160%

Vitamin C 1 mg1%

Calcium 60 mg6%

The iron 1 mg6%

* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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