Sweet Potato Pie

I looked at a lot of recipes and combined some thoughts from several of them here. My goal was to create a simple pie that is tasty, but not too sweet. I hope you enjoy this pie.

Recipe: Tom’s Sweet Potato Pie

Summary: An easy sweet potato pie with common ingredients.


Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
3 Medium sweet potatoes (about one pound or 1 ½ cup)
¼ cup butter (melted)
1 Tablespoon flour
½ cup milk
¾ cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
A pinch of cinnamon


1. Vent the sweet potatoes by poking them with a fork. Then bake sweet potatoes whole in skin at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until soft. Remove the skin.
EASY ALTERNATIVE: Cook sweet potatos in microwave on high for 10 minutes. Try another 5 minutes, if needed.
2. Mash sweet potatoes until creamy. Add the butter to the hot sweet potatoes to melt it as you mash them together. Then add the other ingredients in the order listed. Beat until smooth.
3. Pour into pie crust.1 Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top just before putting in the oven.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean

CulinaryTradition: USA (Traditional)

My rating: 5.0 stars


  1. This is an “open face” pie, so you use the bottom crust only.

Pie Crust (aka “Pastry”)

Some people are afraid of making pie crust. I've never used a store-bought pie crust, and don't plan on starting now. It really isn't that hard, once you get the hang of it. The Quick Instructions are more guidance than you really need after you've done this a few times. The Detailed Instructions contain all my tips and secrets for the absolute first time pie baker.

Recipe: Tom’s Pie Crust

Summary: This is the traditional recipe for making pie crust (called “pastry” by some), as taught to me by my grandmother. These basic instructions are in pretty wide use, and used generally by most everyone I know who makes pie crust.


{For one pie crust, for an open face pie such as pumpkin pie. Double the recipe if you need a top and bottom crust, as in the traditional closed apple pie}

  • 1/3 cup shortening or lard.
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (not self rising)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if desired)
  • ice water


Quick Instructions: Mix shortening and flour. Add water until mixture just sticks together in a ball. Roll out, and put in a greased and floured pie pan.

Detailed Instructions:

  1. Cut the shortening into the flour and salt (salt is optional). I use my hands, but there is a kitchen tool for this purpose, if you don’t like getting flour on your hands.
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