Wednesday, October 6, 2010

sweet potato pie

i was planning to bake a sweet potato pie for a friend's birthday.  i don't have much experience with pies (or sweet potatoes), so i did a trial run last week.

boil 1lb sweet potatoes 40-50 min

rinse with cold water and the skin peels right off

smash with a pastry blender

add a stick of butter

beat well

next add milk, eggs, sugar, and spices

mix until smooth

pour into unbaked pie crust

make sure it's smooth on top and stick it in the oven
it'll be poofed up like a souflee when you pull it out

it will settle as it cools
cool completely before serving, and store in the refrigerator

first i should state that i loathe sweet potatoes.  however, i enjoyed this pie (with a dollop of cool hwhip, naturally).  i used a frozen pre-made pie crust, and i forgot to cover the edges with foil so they got a little over done.  i might use brown sugar instead of white, and add a little flour to thicken up the batter if i ever make this again.  but overall this pie was smashing.

sweet potato pie.

1lb sweet potato(es)
1/2 lb butter ( 1 stick), softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 9-in unbaked pie crust (if frozen, thaw first)

boil sweet potato(es) 40-50 min.  run under cool water and you'll be able to peel the skin off easily with your hands.   place in a bowl and mash with a fork or pastry blender.
add butter and mix well
add remaining ingredients and mix on medium until smooth
pour into pie crust
bake at 350 for 55-60 min


  1. It really looks amazing, but I imagine that it tastes the same as pumpkin pie. I kind of detest pumpkin pie...IS it the same?

  2. not the same! promise. i do like pumpkin, and i hate sweet potatoes. this pie triggers my gag reflex, whereas pumpkin does not. it does taste similar- i'll give you that - probably because similar spices are also used in pumpkin pie. my guess is that if you like sweet potatoes, you will like this. i even liked it once i got past the gag part! (...i'm not crazy)