You can’t go wrong with this sweet potato pie! It’s got that perfect balance of spice and warmth, with a buttery crust that melts in your mouth. And then there’s the filling—it’s creamy and smooth and just… so good!
Homemade Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato pie is a classic dessert that’s perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It’s also a great choice for any other time of the year because it’s not too heavy, and it has just the right amount of sweetness.
The best part about this pie is how easy it is to make. All you need are sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, salt and spices, and a little bit of patience while the pie bakes—and then you’re good to go!
You can have it plain or serve it with whipped cream or ice cream on top. Either way, you’re going to love it!
Homemade or store-bought crust
Homemade or store-bought crust? It’s your choice! You can make your own crust or use store-bought dough. Either way, your sweet potato pie will be delicious!
A homemade crust is a great way to show off your baking skills, but it’s not necessary. If you’re short on time or just don’t feel like making one from scratch, store-bought crust works just fine.
Sweet Potato Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie
These two pies are always a winner for holiday dinners and get together. Whether you are a novice or a professional baker, they are straightforward to prepare. Take a glance at the differences between sweet potato pie and pumpkin pie.
Why I Love Sweet Potato Pie
- Easy to make ahead: If you want to make a crowd-pleasing dessert for the holidays, you can trust the sweet potato pie recipe.
- Pantry-staple ingredients: the main ingredient is sweet potato. Once you have it, you probably have others in your pantry.
- Rich and creamy flavors: This recipe has the same rich feel, just like the buttery mashed potatoes. The spices are mild, bringing out the most inviting flavor you can imagine.
Boil, Roast, or Air fry the Sweet Potatoes
Put the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan, cover them with water, and then boil them on the stovetop for 45-50 minutes or until super soft.
Drain the excess water from the sweet potatoes, and rinse them under cool running water. You should be able to slip off the skins at this point easily.
While boiling is often the preferred method when making sweet potato pie, you can also bake them in the oven by placing them on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until they’re tender and a fork can easily pierce the potato.
Air frying is also an option; place the potatoes inside the air fryer basket and air fry at 380F for 40 to 45 minutes.
Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients
- Sweet potatoes: I prefer fresh sweet potatoes to canned ones. You will cook and mash them before adding other ingredients.
- Butter: It gives the butter and fluffy texture to the pie.I used softened butter because it mixes well with the ingredients faster.
- Sugar: white sugar is a great option. It adds a sweet caramel taste to the pie.
- Milk: You can use whole milk, heavy cream, or evaporated milk.
- Eggs: The egg will help to bind your ingredients together. I used 2 large eggs in this recipe.
- Spices: You need ground nutmeg and cinnamon to switch up the taste.
- Vanilla extract: Use pure vanilla extract to enhance the flavor of the pie.
- Pie crust: You’ll need an unbaked pie crust for this recipe. You can buy it at the store or make your own unbaked pie crust.
How to Make Sweet Potato Pie
You can make this pie in 3 easy ways:
- Boil, Roast, or Air fry the Sweet Potatoes
- Combine the ingredients
Note: Don’t overbake the pie. Overbaking can make it crack. You can cover the crack with whipped cream while serving it.
How to Store Sweet Potato Pie
First, allow your sweet potato pie to cool at room temperature. Then cover it with foil and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can you freeze sweet potato pie?
Of course, the pie freezes well. After cooling, put it in a freezer-safe container and cover it with foil. You can seal it with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer. It can last up to 3 months in the freezer. When you want to eat it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and serve it cool the next day. You don’t need to reheat it.
Can You Make Sweet Potato Pie Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can make it ahead of time. It will last for 1 day at room temperature. You can store it in the refrigerator if you are making it more than one day ahead.
Is sweet potato pie better warm or cold?
It depends on how you want it. Both eating it at room temperature or cold tastes great. Serve it as you like with whipped cream or ice cream.
Can I reheat Sweet Potato Pie?
Yes, you can reheat it. Although you can eat it at room temperature, you can choose to reheat it if you like warm food. Put the frozen pie on a baking sheet and place it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Also, you can allow it to thaw before reheating it.
How do you know when sweet potato pies are done?
You’ll know that the pie is done once you notice the following:
- Firm filling around the outer edges
- Jiggly center
How do I tell that sweet potato pie has gone bad?
You will know it has gone bad when the filling becomes watery. The crust also becomes soggy and tasteless. In addition, you may notice a foul smell or mold on the pie.
Other potato recipes
- Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes
- Air Fryer Baby Potatoes
- Hot pot potatoes
- Oven-roasted sweet potatoes
- Smooth Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Potatoes Breakfast Muffins
- Stewed Beef Potatoes
Sweet Potato Pie
- 2 sweet potatoes medium-sized, about 1-1/2 pounds, [cooked and mashed]
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 2 eggs large size
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 9 inch unbaked pie crust
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Place the mashed sweet potatoes and butter into a large mixing bowl, then mix well with an electric mixer.
- Add the sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract; mix on medium speed until smooth.
- Pour filling into unbaked pie crust and bake until a knife inserted in the center of the pie comes out clean – about 55 to 60 minutes
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving.
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