Delicious Homemade Sweet Potato Pie: A Family Legacy Passed Down through Generations

Oct 23, 2023 | Desserts


Prep Time

Cooking Time

60 minutes
95-110 minutes

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  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup of evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust

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1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Begin by washing the sweet potatoes thoroughly. Pat them dry and use a fork to prick several holes all over the skin. Place them on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

3. Increase the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C).

4. Once the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skin, and place the flesh in a mixing bowl. Mash them until smooth using a fork or potato masher.

5. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

6. Add the mashed sweet potatoes, evaporated milk, beaten eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Stir well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

7. Pour the sweet potato filling into the unbaked pie crust, spreading it evenly.

8. Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any potential spills and to help distribute the heat evenly.

9. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until the filling is set around the edges but slightly jiggles in the center when shaken.

10. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. This cooling process is crucial to achieve the perfect texture, allowing the pie to reach its full potential.

Serve chilled or at room temperature, accompanied by a dollop of freshly whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

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Tips and Variations:

1. For an extra flavor boost, roast the sweet potatoes instead of baking them. This will intensify their natural sweetness.
2. Feel free to experiment with spices and add-ins to personalize your sweet potato pie. A dash of ginger or a sprinkle of orange zest can elevate the flavor profile.
3. If you prefer a more rustic touch, you can leave the skin on the sweet potatoes for added texture and nutrition.
4. Don’t shy away from making your own pie crust if you have the time and inclination. Homemade crusts add an extra layer of flakiness and love!


The legacy of my grandmother’s sweet potato pie lives on, making every slice I bake a connection to my past. This dessert goes beyond its delectable taste; it evokes memories of family gatherings, laughter, and love. I hope that this recipe brings you the same joy and warmth it offers me, carrying you back to your own cherished moments around the table. So, grab your apron, preheat the oven, and embark on this sweet journey to create a beloved tradition of your own.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 slice (1/12 of pie)Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 320
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 34g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 82% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 3% Iron 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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