Sweet Potato Pie

Course: Dessert, Pies/Tarts
Cuisine: American, Sweet
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 676kcal
Author: Nancy Mock
This lovely Sweet Potato Pie has a smooth filling of sweet potato and spices, all in a flaky pastry shell! It's perfect for holiday time or for anytime you're craving sweet potato sweetness!
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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup boiled cider
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 portion Perfect All-Butter Pie Crust recipe
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar

Instructions

Prepare the sweet potatoes:

  • Preheat the oven to 450°. Very lightly coat the bottom of an 8" x 8" pan with cooking spray. Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into 1" thick slices and then cut each slice into quarters. Place the cut potatoes into the pan along with the boiled cider and 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar. Toss the potatoes to coat them with sugar and cider.
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil, stir the potatoes and bake them uncovered for 20 to 30 more minutes. The potatoes should be soft and mashable. Remove the pan from the oven, transfer the potatoes to a dish and allow them to cool to room temperature.

Prebake the pie shell:

  • Use half of the Perfect All-Butter Pie Crust recipe - the dough should be chilled. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out a circle large enough for the pie pan. Fit the dough into the pan. Fold under and crimp the edges all around. Line the pie shell with foil and it should extend over the edges as well. Fill the shell with pie weights or dried beans.
  • Refrigerate the crust while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the shell for 20 minutes. Remove the pie weights and foil, then prick the shell all over with a fork. Bake the shell for 10 minutes longer. Let the shell cool while you make the filling.

Make the filling:

  • Purée the cooled sweet potatoes in a food processor while slowly adding in the half and half. The potato/half and half mixture should be as smooth as possible - purée it in batches if need be. Transfer the puréed potatoes to the bowl of a stand mixer. 
  • Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in the microwave (10 second bursts until it's melted.) Add this to the sweet potatoes. Add in the eggs, the remaining 2/3 cup of brown sugar, the granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix everything together in the stand mixer until the ingredients are combined and smooth.

Assemble the pie:

  • Reduce the oven heat to 350° F. Spoon the sweet potato filling into the prebaked shell and smooth the top. Cover the pie crust edges with foil to prevent over-browning. Bake the pie for 50 to 55 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Allow the pie to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • Fresh, sweetened whipped cream can be spread over the cooled pie before slicing, or simply add dollops to slices as you serve them. Spreading whipped cream over the uncut pie can be a great option to hide a crack in the top of your pie, should one appear after it's baked!

Make the whipped cream:

  • Chill the bowl and whisk from your stand mixer in the freezer for 10 minutes, then assemble them on the mixer. Beat the heavy cream and confectioner's sugar for 4-5 minutes on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon the whipped cream over the pie before slicing it, or add dollops to individual slices. Serve the pie.

Notes

  • Find the recipe, plus step-by-step instructions for my Perfect All-Butter Pie Crust dough at this link. 
  • This recipe calls for boiled cider, which gives wonderful sweetness and flavor to the roasting sweet potatoes. You can find boiled cider at this link!
  • I like the flavor that comes from roasting the sweet potatoes with boiled cider and brown sugar. Another option for cooking them is to boil them on the stove top until they're tender.

Nutrition

Calories: 676kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 5232IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg
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