Simple, quick to bring together, and truly a sweet potato pie. This recipe comes to me by way of my hardworking farming friend, Lynn Jarvis at Jarvis Farm. This is NOT one of those recipes that turns out tasting like a pumpkin pie. This sweet potato pie recipe allows all the reasons why we love the sweet potato to come through. The texture is smooth, but in a mashed sweet potato way. The sweetness is mild and the amount of spice is enough to enhance the earthy sweet potato without covering it up. Give it a try and see for yourself.
Ingredients for one 10-inch deep dish pie
For a super quick pie, use your favorite ready made pie crust. If you want to make a pie crust from scratch that won’t let you down, we recommend this recipe: Simple Homemade Pie Crust that Won’t Let You Down
- 2 cups cooked sweet potatoes, mashed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 350ºF degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, stir all the ingredients together. Pour into pie crust shell. Cover edges of pie crust with a foil ring. Bake for 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature.
The first time I made this pie, I was out of whole eggs. I had enough egg whites (6 tablespoons egg whites = 2 eggs) to substitute. I whisked the egg whites until they had formed soft peaks. I made sure all the rest of the ingredients were well mixed in a large bowl, THEN I folded the egg whites into the sweet potato mixture. The texture of the pie was creamy, not heavy, and it turned out beautifully.
A quick way to have cooked sweet potatoes is to prick them with a knife or fork several times, then pop them into the microwave. Small sweet potatoes (5-inches long, 2-inches in diameter) take about 3 to 4 minutes to become soft in the microwave. A bigger sweet potato (8-inches long, 2-inches in diameter) takes 6 to 8 minutes to become soft. And it’s better to microwave two to three small sweet potatoes at one time than trying to cook one big one. Trust me.