My Grandmas Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

My grandmother’s sweet potato pie is one of my favorite things in the world to eat. So, I thought what better way to share my family’s recipes & start this blog off right with something as sweet as she is. I remember as a kid that my grandmother would spend hours and sometimes two days cooking for holidays and she always made sweet potato pie.

Her family loved it so much that she would not only make a pie for dinner for us to enjoy, but she would also send each one of her daughters their own pie for home and that right there is Love in its purest form.

Of course, this todays making of this recipe didn’t start off as smoothly as one would expect with a chef because I realized that I did the unthinkable and lost the recipe in my sea of still yet to be unpacked boxes. I just recently moved into my house and while it thought everything was in accounted for it was not and that meant I had to call grandma. And the first thing she said when I told her I lost the recipe was “Tia you need a recipe box girl, of course you need sweet potatoes” as she gave me the ingredients. Then she proceeded to go through the recipe and list off the ingredients that I already purchased through memory. My grandmother being the thorough woman she is, went through the list one more time to ensure I had it all just right until it came to the milk lol.

She proceeded to say “yes, I forgot, you need a can of PET milk (name brand evaporated milk)”, and I said, “Well grandma I already bought regular milk”, to which she quickwittedly replied “Tia you better not put no regular milk in this good ‘ol sweet potato recipe girl no!” So guys y’all better not put no regular milk in my grandma’s sweet potato pie recipe. However, if you are vegan you can use alternative source for the milk and eggs.

I wanted to do something a bit different in my recipe blog post so instead of photos and instructions, I decided to use video to explain each step because I know how much I dislike reading a long-drawn-out post of the recipe steps and it can be quite boring, so I am using video as a way to walk you through this recipe. I hope you enjoy my grandmother’s pie recipe as it is the one of my favorite things to eat when she cooks.

The first step to a good sweet potato pie is having the right ingredients here is what you going to need as described in the first video

The next step of course is preparing the sweet potato & pie crust. In these two next videos, I explain the preparation process and why it is better to roast the sweet potato and how to prepare your pie crust for the building our sweet potato pie.

Prepping the Potato & pie crust

When using a premade pie crust, you want to let the shell thaw for 10 minutes at room temp. You then need to take a fork and polk holes in the bottom and sides of the crust so that air can escape when you are browning your shell otherwise it will bubble up and lose shape. So make sure you do not skip this step. You can then follow the steps to browning your pie crust as expressed in the next video

Getting the pie crust prepped

Once we have gotten potatoes roasted and the pie crust browned, we will then allow them to rest. The next video explains this process then its own to mixing all the ingredients together so we can make the best sweet potato pie ever lol.

Letting the potatoes rest and cool before mixing

The best step of all is mixing all of the ingredients together! The beautiful thing about making a sweet potato pie is that there is not set order to mixing and blending your ingredients together & it allows for adjustments as you go. Start with the basic recipe instructions and measurements and adjust to taste. The mixing of ingredients is explained in the following video.

Mixing the batter for the pie

One thing you want to do is to make sure your pie is blended well! I am using a Ninja Blender to blend my pie batter. You want a smooth Pie batter so make sure you blend it, you can use your blender or a hand mixer. The next two videos shows the blending process as well as us finishing the blended batter to our pie shell ready to bake.

Blending the batter

The finished product should be smooth and firm, if your batter is a bit soupy you used too much milk and adding touch more flour should even your batter out. To finish our recipe we will add the batter to our pie shell and bake for 25-35 minutes or until firm. Be sure not to over bake your pie as it can dry the pie out so check your pie in 15 minute intervals to check the firmness of the pie. You should end with a nice creamy sweet potato pie that is the highlight of my childhood with my grandmother.

It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to share my family’s recipes on this blog especially those that my grandmother taught me. I know in the diaspora that there is a plethora of ways to make these down-home dishes & every black person in America swears by their grandmother’s food, but my grandmother’s food instilled in me the desire and the passion to make food my life’s work & what an amazing way to start sharing that passion with you all. Please comment and tell me what you thought of the recipe & I’ll be sure to tell Grandma Liz.

Grandma’s Sweet Potato Pie

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This recipe is one of my favorites and a time-honored tradition in my family. My grandmother's sweet potato pie is probably the best sweet potato pie I have ever had. I know you may think im being bias but no one cooks better than my grandmother.
Course Dessert
Cuisine African American Foodways, Soul Food, Southern
Keyword Pie, Sweet potato, Sweets
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Flour
  • 1/2 cup Carnation or PET brand Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 Egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  • To start this recipe, you will first need to prepare both your sweet potato and pie crust.
    Preheat your oven to 385 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil and place your sweet potatoes in the oven. You want to roast the potatoes until they are fork soft and easily mashed about 35-45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool
    For the Pie crust, follow the heating instructions of the pie crust you chose. I used Marie Callendar's deep dish shell, I allowed the shell to thaw for 10 minutes at room temp. Take a fork and penetrate the bottom and sides of the shell so air can escape and brown. Letting the pie crust cool before adding your batter

For the Pie batter

  • Once the potatoes have cooled, you will need to remove the skins and mash the potatoes using a potato masher.
    In a large mixing bowl, add mashed sweet potato, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk, flour & vanilla and mix well.
    Transfer your batter to a blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency return batter to the pie shell ensuring that it is even spread throughout your shell
    Fill your shell to the top edge for the crust.
    Lower your oven to 350 and bake pie for 25 minutes or until it is firm. Do not over bake as your pie will dry out and crack upon cooling.

Notes

3 thoughts on “My Grandmas Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    Looks delicious!! Sweet potato pie is my favorite, especially when it’s passed down from grandma. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. 5 stars
    Love the back story to Grandma’s Sweet Potato Pie. Going to jump in the kitchen and try this out! 👌🏾

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