Our Family's Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
This Southern sweet potato pie recipe is the one that my mother-in-law used to make her luscious pies, which she made every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m not sure where she got her recipe or whether she developed it herself, with trial and error, over a period of time. She was a marvelous cook, and she enjoyed making mouth-watering meals for her family and friends. Regardless of where it came from, it is a delicious dessert, and I am sure you will like it.
But remember, it doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving or Christmas, or any special Holiday, to make and serve this wonderful, made from scratch, pie. Any day is a special enough day to warrant this yummy dessert.
Gather the ingredients:
4 cups sweet potatoes
1 stick of butter
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. nutmeg
2 cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups evaporated milk
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. lemon extract
Wash and cook enough sweet potatoes to yield four cups. I cook my potatoes either in the microwave or I bake them in the oven. After they are done, peel the potatoes, and measure out what you’ll need. I measure the potatoes by packing them into a measuring cup making sure there are no air pockets in the cup. Then, place them in a bowl, and mash them with a potato masher or a mixer. (Any leftover sweet potatoes can be refrigerated and later warmed over for another meal.)
Using a mixer, beat the four eggs, and then add them to the potatoes mixing well.
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Melt the stick of butter, and stir it into the potatoes blending thoroughly.
Stir in the salt, nutmeg, and the sugar.
Gradually add the milk, and the vanilla and lemon extracts, blending all the ingredients together.
Pour into two unbaked 9-inch pie shells. Tip: Do not scrape the filling off the mixer blades into the pies since the blades will have picked up any and all of the strings from the potatoes.
Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350-degrees, and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until a silver knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Remove the pies from the oven, and allow them to cool before serving. The pie can be served as is, or if you prefer, top each slice with whipped cream just before serving.
And if you only need one of these pies, then simply halve this recipe.
Dieticians rave over the health benefits found in these sweetest of potatoes. Now, I don’t know whether any of these dieticians would consider this pie a form of health food or not, but it sure is good for the soul.
If you’re hosting any fall themed party, be it the traditional Halloween or Thanksgiving parties, or just having a family get-together, this Southern sweet potato pie recipe is sure to please. This pie recipe is not only an autumn tradition but it offers a delicious taste of the season.