This Sweet Potato Pie is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg with hints of vanilla and molasses. This traditional Southern dessert is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Sweet potato pie vs. pumpkin pie.
I think both are great pies but I will always pick sweet potato pie. Maybe because I grew up in the South. This was the dessert every Thanksgiving and every Christmas as long as I can remember.
After Thanksgiving, I always look forward to the cold leftovers. Including this pie. Cold leftover sweet potato pie alongside my cup of coffee is my day after Thanksgiving breakfast. Cold pie and coffee is just heaven. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the overindulging. This is probably the only time where pie is acceptable for breakfast.
Just in case you are wondering, Yes we will still have candied yams as a side dish. They are two different things. Just ask anyone from the South. Plus all soda is referred to as Coke. If you are wondering how that works here is the scenario.
Waiter: What can I get you to drink?
Me: A Coke.
Waiter: What kind?
That guy is getting a huge tip!
There are actually a lot of sweet potato pie recipes out there. Some recipes claim theirs is the “right way”. Can I just claim mine as the best tasting? Seriously they all taste good. Some have Karo syrup, some don’t have molasses, some don’t use nutmeg. I guess it is a Southern thing to lay claim to the original or the right way. As long as it tastes good it is a win in my book.
This recipe makes two pies. I have never frozen one. I just do the neighborly thing and give one away. Or send one home with friends or family after our Thanksgiving feast.
Traditional Southern Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
- 2 large sweet potatoes combined weight between 1.8lbs - 1.10lbs.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 large eggs
- 10 oz. evaporated milk
- 2 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 9 inch pie crusts
Boil sweet potatoes with skins on for 40 minutes or until cooked and tender. Remove from water and let cool.
When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to touch peel off the skin. It should slide right off. Cut them into chunks and mash with a potato masher or fork.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer beat brown sugar and butter together.
Add eggs and beat them in at a low speed.
Add the mashed sweet potatoes and remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl.
Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
Evenly pour the sweet potato pie mixture into the pie crusts.
Bake for 40 mins at 375F.