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Best Sweet Potato Pie – Southern Sweet Potato Pie should be easy and delicious and filled with flavor. Holiday cooking is a lot of work so we’re not going to stress with this recipe.
This silky pie is one of the easiest and the smoothest. I’m going to show you to make the filling super smooth the fastest and easiest way with a secret method. And I’m sure you already have the appliance in your home.
SWEET POTATO PIE
Thanksgiving in my house, is all about turkey, cranberry sauce, candied yams, collard greens and of course a famous dessert called SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE. In our home, Thanksgiving isn’t complete unless there is sweet potato pie. This old fashioned pie is rich in flavor and spiced just right. There’s nothing low-fat about this pie.
Everyone loves my mom’s southern sweet potato pie. She always makes several of them during holidays and gives them as gifts. And everyone claims it’s the world’s best pie. I was hoping my mom would give me her recipe with measurements but nope!
However, she did give me her “no recipe” recipe. I’ve been helping her make her pie since I was a kid, so I pretty much know how to make it from scratch.This sweet potato pie will have you moaning with every bite.
It’s so delicious! It tastes just as good, if not better than my moms. Sorry mom! Prepare to double, triple or maybe even quadruple this easy recipe because your guests will want more than one or two slices.
A food processor will get the filling smooth and lump or string free in a jiffy. If you have a food processor PLEASE use it! It’s a HUGE time saver.
Thank me later! Another thing, you should bake, not boil your sweet potatoes. Baking keeps the flavor intact.
WHY THIS SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE WORKS:
The best way to get the lumps out of your potatoes is to use a food processor. This is the best method for easy sweet potato pie. Just add the ingredients into the food processor. Process real quick until silk and smooth. Pour it into a prepared pie crust and bake. THAT SIMPLE and so flavorful! I’m eating a slice now.
My goodness it’s so good. I’m dreaming of selling them. I made this pie for a recent event and black folks, white folks all races of folks loved it!
Not much else to say about this recipe except to ditch the electric mixer because it takes too long to achieve a smooth batter. The food processor methods works so much better. For a truly festive spin try topping it with cinnamon roll slices. Get the recipe HERE.
HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO PIE & TIPS?
1 . Save your milk for something else because this southern sweet potato pie is dairy free. No soy milk, no whole milk, no coconut milk. Nada. My mom never used milk. There really isn’t any need to add extra milk or flour. Dairy free equals more sweet potato flavor and a firm but soft bite. It’s smoother and silkier. Milk tends to make a more fluffier texture.
2. The first step is preparing the sweet potato pie filling. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Take the butter out of the fridge slice or dice it. Lightly coat each potato with oil.
Wrap each potato in foil then place them in a baking dish. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender. Remove the skin and mash the potatoes. Add the sweet potato into the food processor.
Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, eggs, butter vanilla extract and bourbon (optional) into the food processor.
3 . Sweet potato pie filling – Using a food processor, process until the filling is smooth and lump and string free. I always add the sweet potato meat to the food processor when its still a bit hot but safe enough to touch. The butter melts easily when the sweet potato is still hot or warm. The bourbon is optional but you can’t taste it since I only added 3 teaspoons. I like to add because it allows the flavors to marry well.
4 . Pour the pie filling into a prepared pie dish and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the pie is not jiggling. The pie will puff up a bit as it bake don’t worry. It will go down once it’s removed from the oven.
No need to pre-bake the pie crust. Super easy right? If all you have is a electric mixer, just do the same thing but you will have to mix it much longer to achieve smooth results.
My mom uses an electric mixer. She used to tell me to just beat the heck out of the filling with the hand electric mixer until smooth. Whatever appliance you use just make sure you mix very well.
HOW TO CUT SWEET POTATO PIE
First, make sure the pie is very well chilled. Using a clean serrated knife, slice the pie. Remove the sample slice. The first slice doesn’t have to be perfect. Gobble the sample slice then keep it moving.
The plan is to make room for the next slices. So now that the sweet potato pie has more room, gently slice the pie again and and try to gently move the slice over some keeping the knife in slicing position. Keep slicing and moving each slice over.
Don’t forget to wipe the knife clean with a damp clean kitchen towel after each slice. Run the knife a couple times through the slice of pie before you attempt to move it over.
The key is to make sure you cut all the way through the bottom pie crust. Food52 has a great post to help perfect your pie slicing game. Serve the sweet potato pie as is, or top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top.
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CAN YOU FREEZE SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE?
Sure you can freeze it. The photo you see right below is a frozen picture of my southern sweet potato pie. Bake it, let it cool down then freeze. It’s the perfect pie to make a couple days in advance.
My mom has been freezing her sweet potato pies since I was a kid. Some people say to freeze the uncooked pie so that it doesn’t get soggy but my family never experienced that.
We think it tastes even better. Leave the pie on the counter to defrost then bake on 170 degrees until warmed through. Alternatively you can slice the pie then heat it up in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.
Microwave it again if it’s not warm enough. We enjoy our pie chilled or room temperature.
The gold fork in the picture is from Target. Check the recipe for links to a similar one.
Best Sweet Potato Pie - Southern Sweet Potato Pie should be easy and delicious and filled with flavor. Holiday cooking is a lot of work so we're not going to stress with this recipe. This silky pie is one of the easiest and the smoothest. I'm going to show you to make the filling super smooth the fastest and easiest way with a secret method. And I'm sure you already have the appliance in your home.
- 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tsp bourbon *optional
- 11 tbsp room temperature butter diced or sliced
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 unbaked pie crust
- 1/4 tsp salt plus a pinch
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease both sweet potatoes all over. Wrap each potato in foil. Place them in a baking dish. Bake for 45-55 minutes until the sweet potatoes are very tender. An easy tip, you'll know they are ready when you can slide the skins of the potato very easily.
Mash the sweet potatoes then put it into the food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Process the mixture until very smooth. Pour the sweet potato pie filling into a prepared unbaked pie dish.
Bake the pie for 45-55 minutes or until it no longer jiggles. The pie may poof up a bit but it's nothing to worry about. It will deflate once the pie is removed from the oven. Let the pie cool down then refrigerate for 2-3 hours until it's set. Slice then serve as is or top with whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top.
TIP TO MAKE THIS SWEET POTATO PIE
Baking- I stopped boiling my potatoes a long time ago. I now bake them. Baking results in a more flavorful sweet potato.
Mixing - I always use my food processor to get smooth lump free camera ready sweet potato pie.. This method works so much faster than an electric mixer. It's a HUGE time saver plus it makes your pie look so pretty. You'll need an 8 or 10 cup food processor. See below for my recommendations.
Slices - *Read the post for help on how to get the perfect slice and Freezing/Reheating tips.
The crust - *If you notice the pie crust browning too fast place foil around the edges of the pie.
* I used one Pillsbury pie crust for this recipe. The Pie crust that comes with two aluminum pie dish are a lot smaller (even though they claim it's 9 inches) so if you use it, you may be able to make two pies with this recipe.
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