Sweet Potato Pie Recipe That’s Really Tasty

Sweet potato pie is the cousin of your favorite Thanksgiving dessert that comes from pumpkins. At the end of the day, there really aren’t that many significant differences. They look similar, taste similar, you get what I’m saying. End your next dinner the right way with one of these awesome sweet potato pies.

This recipe will take you through step-by-step for what you need to do to make this come to life in your kitchen. If step by step isn’t your thing, no worries! You can skip straight to the notecard version of the recipe, too.

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What You’ll Need to Make This Sweet Potato Pie

What It IsNameWhere to Buy
CookwareCuisinart food processorAmazon
CookwareLarge mixing bowlAmazon
CookwareCan openerAmazon
CookwarePyrex measuring cup for liquidsAmazon
CookwareMeasuring cup for solids (1 cup)Amazon
CookwareRolling pinAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoonsAmazon
CookwareKitchen scaleAmazon
CookwareSmall and medium mixing bowlAmazon
CookwarePie plateAmazon
CookwareOxo Dough CutterAmazon
CookwareMesh strainerAmazon
Ingredient1.5 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoesStore
Ingredient1 eggStore
Ingredient1 cup sugarStore
Ingredient1/2 tsp nutmegStore
Ingredient1/2 LB butterStore
Ingredient1/2 tsp ground cinnamonStore
Ingredient1 cup evaporated milkStore
Ingredient4.5 ounces plain flour (for crust)Store
Ingredient2 ounces margarine or stick of butter (for crust)Store
Ingredient1 ounce Crisco (for crust)Store
IngredientPinch of salt (for crust)Store
Ingredient2.5 tablespoons of cold water (for crust)Store

Let’s make this sweet potato pie recipe. To kick things off, grab, your kitchen scale.

kitchen scale for sweet potato pie

Next, grab a small-medium sized bowl and put it on the scale.

small bowl on scale for sweet potato pie recipe

After that, grab your bag of flour.

flour for sweet potato pie recipe

Measure 4.5 ounces into the bowl on the scale.

filling bowl on scale

Once you’ve got enough of that measured out for this part of the sweet potato pie recipe, grab a large bowl.

large bowl for sweet potato pie recipe

Following that, grab a large bowl and throw the flour in there.

large bowl with flour in it for pumpkin pie recipe

Then, get some Crisco (also known as shortening).

Crisco

Once the Crisco is out, measure 1 ounce of it. I actually made a top crust by mistake so the scale in the picture below is showing the amount for two crusts, however, you only need a bottom for this sweet potato pie recipe.

measuring crisco

After that’s measured, dump it into the large bowl with the flour.

Dumping Crisco into large bowl

After you do that, grab your dough cutter. We won’t be using it for dough, though. It also works great for butter in this sweet potato pie recipe.

Dough blender

Grab your butter, too.

stick of butter

Cut that in half and push it through the dough cutter into the big bowl with the Crisco and flour.

butter in bowl for sweet potato pie recipe

Take your salt and throw a pinch of it into the big bowl.

salt

Once that’s in there, start mixing the ingredients around. Don’t be afraid to get a hand in there, too.

Start mixing the dough around

You’ll be ready for the next step in this sweet potato pie recipe once the dough resembles peas or large breadcrumb shapes.

sweet potato pie recipe dough

Next, fill a little mixing bowl with some ice cubes.

little bowl

Take that over to your sink and grab some measuring spoons.

measuring spoons

Measure out 2.5 tablespoons of cold water into the little bowl with ice for this part of the sweet potato pie recipe.

tablespoon with water for sweet potato pie recipe

Fill that little bowl up with the water.

5 tablespoons of water in bowl

After that’s all filled, pour the cold water only (hold the ice cubes) into the large bowl over the dough.

pouring water into dough for sweet potato recipe

Mix that around so the water gets spread out among the dough for this sweet potato pie recipe.

mixing dough around

Next, get a mesh strainer. This helps with flouring your work surface for the sweet potato pie dough.

mesh strainer for sweet potato pie recipe

Get the All-Purpose flour again.

flour

Put a handful in the mesh strainer.

flour in strainer

Use the strainer to spread it out on a clean surface.

flouring work surface with strainer for sweet potato pie recipe

Spread that out and then throw the dough on to the surface.

dough on counter for rolling

Start rolling the dough around for this part of the sweet potato pie recipe.

rolling pin

Some of it might get stuck to the rolling pin. That’s not a big deal, just make sure to scrape it off. Once the dough has been rolled into a nice round ball, cut that in half with a butter knife.

balls of dough

Flatten the dough with your palms.

flat dough

Wrap each disk of dough up in some cling wrap and throw that in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

disks of dough

It could go in the fridge for up to a few days for this sweet potato pie recipe, however, we want to get this thing done in one day.

dough in fridge for sweet potato pie recipe

While that’s in the fridge getting cool, you can work on the sweet potatoes. Take 1-1.5 pounds of them out on the counter.

sweet potatoes

Wash those potatoes before doing anything with them. Also, get a large pot and put that on your stove.

water on the stove

Fill it up with water about halfway.

filling pot with water

After that’s full, bring the water to a boil. Once it’s at a boil, put the potatoes in for this sweet potato pie and keep the burner on.

potatoes

Those will take a while to soften up. Set a timer for about 45 minutes and keep an eye on things while they boil.

boiled potatoes for sweet potato pie recipe

When they’re done, run them under cold water so they don’t burn you when you start peeling them.

running potato under cold water

Once they’re cooled, completely peel them and put all the insides (minus anything that looks black/dead) into a big bowl for the sweet potato pie.

sweet potato recipe

You can mash those up and mix things around or just keep moving along with the rest of the ingredients. We’re going to be putting it in a food processor so that’ll take care of mashing everything up really well. Next, get your butter out.

sticks of butter

Now is also a good time to preheat your oven to 350F. I recommend doing that for the sweet potato pie before you start the final steps with putting the dough in the pie plate.

preheating the oven to 350

Now get out two sticks of butter and throw them into the bowl.

After the sticks of butter are in the large bowl, get your evaporated milk.

evaporated milk for sweet potato pie

You’ll also need a can opener for this part of the sweet potato pie recipe. Unless your can has a tab on it, sometimes they do.

can opener for evaporated milk

Open the can up.

opening can for sweet potato pie

Once that’s opened, grab a measuring cup.

Pyrex

Fill that with 1 cup of evaporated milk.

measuring evaporated milk

Take your cup of evaporated milk and pour it into the bowl with the butter and sweet potato.

pouring evaporated milk into sweet potato pie ingredients

Once that’s in there, get your sugar.

sugar

Measure out 1 cup of sugar.

1 cup of sugar

Dump that into the rest of the mix for the sweet potato pie filling.

sugar in sweet potato pie mixture

Now that it’s all in, get some nutmeg.

nutmeg

Measure out 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg and dump that in.

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

After that, grab some cinnamon.

cinnamon

Take your cinnamon and dump 1/2 a teaspoon in there for the sweet potato pie recipe.

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon for sweet potato pie recipe

Now, you’ve got a choice to make. You need to mix everything together pretty well, so, you can either try to do that by hand or use something like a food processor. I ultimately decided to go with the food processor.

mixing sweet potato pie filling

Grab a food processor. Our Cuisinart is pretty old, but it works pretty darn well.

food processor

Pour the filling mixture into that.

sweet potato pie filling in food processor

Make sure everything’s locked into place where it’s supposed to be, and the blade is also locked in correctly.

pie filling in food processor

Close the lid and use the pulse button (or if you don’t have pulse) to mix everything for about 15-25 seconds. Then, throw one egg in. To tell you the truth, I kind of forgot to put the egg in before.

egg

Once the egg’s in, mix everything around a bit more.

egg in pie mix

Your sweet potato pie is about to come together! Next, get your pie plate.

pie plate

Then, grab your dough out of the fridge.

dough in pie plate for sweet potato pie recipe

Start to spread it around the plate with your hands.

dough in pie plate

Make sure the dough is fully pressed around the pie plate as best as possible without having the dough tear in any places.

pie crust in pie plate

After that, pour the sweet potato pie mix into the pie crust.

pouring sweet potato pie mixture into pie plate

When that’s all in there, make sure it’s evenly spread out, too.

sweet potato pie filling being poured

It should look something like this:

sweet potato pie

Before it goes in the preheated oven, put some aluminum foil on the rack it will be going on or the rack below that one. The aluminum foil is in case any of the filling leaks over the side of the pie. This happens more with fruit pies, but it never hurts to be careful.

aluminum foil in oven

Put the sweet potato pie in.

sweet potato pie in oven

Set the oven time to about 60 minutes.

oven set to 1 hour

When you think it’s done, put a butter knife in the middle of it. If the knife comes out clean, it’s done. Mine had some pie on it, so, I put it back in for another 15 minutes. That pretty much finished it up.

sweet potato pie

The final product:

sweet potato pie

Notecard Version of this Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

1. Mix 4.5 ounces of flour, 2 ounces of unsalted butter, 1 ounce of Crisco (or any shortening), and a pinch of salt. Use a kitchen scale for accurate measurements. Add 2.5 ounces of ice water once the dough is the consistency of peas or large breadcrumbs.
2. Put dough on a floured surface and roll it around really well. Roll all of it into a smooth ball, then slice the ball in half. Flatten each half of dough. Put each dough disk in saran wrap and put them in the fridge for at least an hour or longer.
3. While those are cooling, boil 1-1.5 pounds of sweet potatoes for 45 minutes or until softened. Once done, remove all skin and place the potato in a large mixing bowl. Put in 1/2 pound of unsalted butter (2 sticks), 1 cup of sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1 cup evaporated milk. Mix in the bowl or put it all in a food processor.
4. Preheat oven to 350F. Take cold dough out of fridge after 1 hour+ and place it in a medium-large pie plate. Spread it out so it covers the inside and the edges of the plate. Pour the sweet potato pie filling into the crust. Bake for 60 minutes or until a butter knife can be inserted in the center and come out of it clean.

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Bob Buckley

Bob Buckley writes about food and business.