A Slice of Comfort: Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Whenever I think of sweet potato pie, memories of warm and cozy Thanksgiving dinners come rushing back. It’s a dish that has been cherished in my family for generations, passed down from my great-grandmother who grew up in the heart of the American South. This humble pie carries with it a rich history and is a true comfort food.
- 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 unbaked deep-dish pie crust
Step 1: Prepare the Sweet Potatoes
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Scrub the sweet potatoes, then pierce them with a fork a few times. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 1 hour until they are tender. Once baked, allow them to cool before peeling off the skin.
Step 2: Mash the Sweet Potatoes
In a mixing bowl, add the peeled sweet potatoes and mash them until smooth. You can use a potato masher or a fork for this step. Measure out 2 cups of mashed sweet potatoes and set them aside.
Step 3: Mix the Ingredients
In a large bowl, combine the mashed sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, melted butter, milk, beaten eggs, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Step 4: Prepare the Pie Crust
Place the unbaked deep-dish pie crust in a pie dish, pressing it gently to fit the shape. Trim and crimp the edges, if desired, for a decorative touch.
Step 5: Pour and Bake
Pour the sweet potato filling into the prepared pie crust, spreading it evenly. Place the pie dish on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown.
Step 6: Cool and Serve
Once baked, remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. This will allow the pie to set properly. Serve at room temperature or chilled, topped with whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Tips and Variations:
– For added flavor, you can add a teaspoon of orange zest to the sweet potato filling.
– If you prefer a more spiced pie, increase the amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg according to your taste.
– For a nutty twist, stir in a handful of chopped pecans or walnuts into the filling.
– Serve the pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce for an extra decadent treat.
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