This sweet potato pie recipe is so simple and SO delicious. I love to make sweet potato pies around Thanksgiving time to switch things up from my traditional pumpkin pie recipe. I usually get a little too excited for Fall early and start baking those in July/August every year. (It’s just one of my quirks that my husband so lovingly accepts.) I prefer homemade sweet potato pies for their texture and flavor. You won’t believe how easy this recipe is!
How to make Sweet Potato Pie
Step 1 – Prep the sweet potatoes
There are a few different ways that you can prep your sweet potatoes. Some recipes call for canned sweet potatoes but I prefer fresh ones for this recipe. The difference in flavor really is a dramatic one. If you don’t have time to roast the sweet potatoes, you can microwave them or cook them on the stovetop instead.
Microwaving them doesn’t give them enough time to really get sweet and develop the same syrup that roasting them does but it’s a great quick alternative. My last resort would be boiling them although it is still a great method if you are trying to avoid the microwave. This method usually adds some water to the batter though, throwing off the texture.
How to microwave sweet potatoes for sweet potato pie
Start by washing and drying your sweet potatoes. Then, poke the raw sweet potatoes a couple times with a fork and place on a microwave safe plate. Microwave the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes, turning them over halfway. If the sweet potatoes are soft after 10 minutes, continue microwaving them in 90 second intervals until they are fully cooked. The skin should be easy to peel off after they are cooked.
How to boil sweet potatoes for sweet potato pie
If you choose to boil the sweet potatoes, start by washing and peeling them. Cut into small cubes and boil for 10 minutes. Check to make sure that the sweet potatoes are completely softened and then drain the water. If they aren’t softened after 10 minutes, increase the cook time by 2 minutes and check them again.
How long to cook sweet potatoes for sweet potato pie
If you choose to bake the sweet potatoes for sweet potato pie, start by washing and drying them. Then wrap them in tin foil and place on a baking sheet. Cook the whole sweet potatoes in the oven at 450 degrees for an hour. After an hour, check to ensure that they have softened and then let them cool. They should have a sweet syrup when you open the foil. The skin should also slide right off when you try to remove it.
Step 2 – Combine ingredients to create the pie filling
Combine the sweet potatoes, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, evaporated milk, and spices together and whisk on high. Your filling is now ready to be poured into a pie crust!
How long to bake Sweet Potato Pie
Pour filling into a pie crust and bake in the over at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 35-40 minutes. Check to make sure that the pie is done by placing a toothpick and the center. It should come back clean but won’t be completely dry. Allow the pie to cool for at least 15 minutes to continue to set. Serve warm and cooled and top with whipped cream.
Can you freeze Sweet Potato Pie?
You can cover and freeze this pie for up to 3 months.
Does Sweet potato pie need to be refrigerated?
Since this pie is an “egg rich” pie, it needs to be refrigerated to prevent spoiling and bacteria from growing.
How long does Sweet Potato Pie last?
It will last for 3-4 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Can dogs eat sweet potato pie?
As a dog mom, this is a question I have for almost every food! Since we are using sugar and spices that have the potential to upset your dog’s stomach, and cause tooth decay, it’s best not to give your dog sweet potato pie. Elvis always gets a taste of the freshly baked sweet potatoes though before we add in the other ingredients!
How long is Sweet Potato Pie good for?
This pie is good for 3-4 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Can you freeze sweet potato pie filling?
You can freeze the pie filling for up to 3 months. I have found that the best way to do this is in zip lock bags. Place the bags in the refrigerator the night before you plan on baking your pie, or thaw under running water before baking.
If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out some of my other dessert recipes!