What’s for Dessert? Sweet Potato Pie!

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Just like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie is one of those desserts that’s synonymous with fall and the end-of-year holiday season.

Step aside, pumpkin- it's time for sweet potato pie! We share the recipe for this delicious dessert: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/sweet-potato-pie/

While pie can sometimes be a rich dessert that’s a bit much post-feast, a small slice is definitely a great way to end a meal, especially when you’re surrounded with family and friends. It’s always an ideal dessert to serve for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and having a pie recipe ready to go is always helpful!

 

If you love pie and you’re a fan of sweet potatoes, then you’re definitely going to love this sweet potato pie, a decadent and rich dessert that is perfect for serving your guests this holiday season – or at any time of year! Get the recipe now on Foodal: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/sweet-potato-pie/

In Argentina where I live, the sweet potatoes are yellow on the inside instead of orange, like the varieties commonly available in the United States.

Sweet Potato Pie with Whipped Cream | Foodal.com

They are slightly less sweet than the orange-fleshed version, but that’s not a problem at all. The only difference is in the color of the pie filling – instead of being orange, it’s more like a caramelized golden brown.

This recipe is extremely simple to make. It may take a bit of extra time to make the dough from scratch than if you were to use a store-bought piecrust, but the results of the homemade version will be totally worth the effort.

Cut a Slice of Sweet Potato Pie | Foodal.com

Trust me.

With a creamy, rich sweet potato filling, and a buttery, flaky crust, this pie is sure to impress your guests!

Make This Sweet Potato Pie | Foodal.com

Is your mouth watering yet? Let’s head right over to the recipe!

Sweet potato pie makes a wonderful addition to your holiday dessert menu. Get the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/sweet-potato-pie/

The Recipe

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Rich, decadent sweet potato pie with a flaky, buttery crust and a creamy filling. This is the perfect dessert to serve your guests this holiday season!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
85 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
85 minutes
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Rating: 4.33
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Rich, decadent sweet potato pie with a flaky, buttery crust and a creamy filling. This is the perfect dessert to serve your guests this holiday season!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
85 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
85 minutes
Ingredients
Filling:
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon iced water + more as needed
Topping:
  • 1 cup whipped cream (optional)
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Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potato whole in its skin for 40 minutes, or until fork tender.
  2. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, prepare the crust. Combine flour and cubed butter in a large bowl, and use a pastry cutter (if you have one) or two knives to cut the butter into the flour until you get a crumbly, sand-like mixture.
  3. Add the egg yolks and the iced water to the flour mixture, and mix well until a dough starts to form. Shape the dough into a round disc and wrap it in plastic wrap, then let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, place them in a bowl of cold water until they are cool enough to handle. Then use a spoon to help you remove the skin.
  5. Cut the sweet potato into small cubes, and then combine it with the butter, sugar, cream, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla in the bowl of your electric blender or food processor. Pulse for 10 to 15 seconds, until you get a smooth mixture.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease and flour a medium pie pan.
  7. When the dough is chilled, sprinkle flour onto a piece of parchment paper and place the dough on top. Flour your rolling pin, and roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  8. Gently press the dough into your prepared pie pan, and flute the edge to form a decorative crust. Pour the sweet potato filling into the pie crust.
  9. Place the pie pan on a baking sheet, and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 40-50 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and a knife inserted in the middles comes out clean.
  10. Let the pie cool fully on a wire rack before slicing and serving with whipped cream.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
The Best Sweet Potato Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 773 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 62%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 293mg 12%
Potassium 506mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 99g 33%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 42g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 240%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 10%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prepare the Mise en Place

First, get your ingredients ready.

Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients | Foodal.com

Wash the sweet potatoes well, and measure out the butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, eggs, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and vanilla.

For the crust, measure out the flour, butter, egg yolks, and iced water.

Step 2 – Boil

Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Boil with a lid on for about 40 minutes, or until fork tender.

Step 3 – Prepare the Crust

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, start to prepare the crust. Combine the flour and butter in a large bowl, and use a pastry cutter or two knives (like I did) to cut the butter into the flour until you get a sand-like, crumbly mixture.

Cut Butter into Flour to Make Sweet Potato Pie Crust | Foodal.com

Add the egg yolks and iced water, and mix well until a dough begins to form. If the dough is too dry, add ice water a teaspoon at a time, until you are able to shape the dough into a ball.

Add Eggs to Flour and Butter Mixture for Pie Dough | Foodal.com

Flatten the dough into a round disc, and wrap it with plastic. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Forming a Ball of Dough for Sweet Potato Pie | Foodal.com

Step 4 – Prepare the Filling

Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, place them in a large bowl of cold water to cool. You may need to change the water a couple of times.

Cool Cooked Sweet Potatoes | Foodal.com

When they’re cool enough to handle, move to a cutting board and use a spoon to remove the skin.

Remove Skin from Boiled Sweet Potatoes | Foodal.com

Cut the sweet potatoes into small cubes, and place in a food processor or blender with the butter, sugar, cream, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pulse for 10 to 15 seconds, scraping down the sides as necessary, until you get a smooth filling.

Blended Sweet Potato Pie Filling | Foodal.com

Step 5 – Preheat and Roll Out

Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease and flour a medium pie pan.

By now, the dough should have finished chilling. Sprinkle flour on a piece of parchment paper and place the dough on top, rolling it out with a floured rolling pin until it is ¼-inch thick.

Sweet Potato Pie Crust | Foodal.com

Gently press the dough into the prepared pie pan, and form the edge of the crust into a ridge that goes a bit higher than the edge of the pan.

Create a decorative edge by pressing the tines of a fork into it, or pressing between two fingers of one hand and the thumb of the other, to form a fluted edge. If you have any leftover dough, it’s also fun to make decorative shapes to place on top of the pie filling.

Pour the filling into the crust. Place the pie pan on a baking sheet, and set it on the middle rack of the oven.

Crust with Sweet Potato Filling | Foodal.com

Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Note that towards the end of the baking time, the pie filling will puff up like a soufflé. This is normal! It will sink down again when the pie is cool.

Whole Sweet Potato Pie | Foodal.com

Serve and Tuck In!

Let the pie cool fully on a wire rack before slicing and serving it with whipped cream. The whipped cream is completely optional, but it gives the pie a nice finishing touch. Plus, it makes the pie look so much prettier!

Have a Slice of Sweet Potato Pie | Foodal.com

I even recommend serving it with ice cream! A big scoopful of our cinnamon honey ice cream would be the perfect addition on top.

How else do you like to eat pie? What other types do you love to bring to holiday gatherings? Let us know in the comments below.

And make sure you peruse all of Foodal’s best pie recipes!

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

2 thoughts on “What’s for Dessert? Sweet Potato Pie!”

    • Hi Karly! Thanks for dropping by!! This sweet potato pie was definitely delicious! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! You could also make this pie for Christmas 🙂

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