Y’all are in for a real treat today. I am sharing how to make a sweet potato pie using my Grandma Norma’s Sweet Potato Pie recipe. This pie is the hero of every potluck dinner and shining star of our holiday meals. Plus, it couldn’t be any easier to make. However, we do offer a word of caution: this treat does a quick disappearing act. Therefore, we advise making two!
Grandma Norma’s Southern Cooking
At 88 years old, Grandma Norma is from an era where food was primarily made and eaten at home. The mere mention of a store-bought pastry and she’ll roll her eyes at the conveniences available to my generation. As a mother of five, she has made her fair share of baked goods.
Grandma’s Southern kitchen is the congregative meeting place for our family, neighbors, club members and greater church community. It is the altar of memory, security, connection and comfort that binds each of us to one another. It is here that we continually return to get our hands messy together and share in the collective rites of initiating the cooler autumn months.
Her family recipe is an utter celebration in the glorious simplicity of the humble sweet potato. Full of vitamins, nutrients and fiber, they are an ideal, flavorful companion to any meal, whether you serve them as a side dish or a dessert. Plus, their deep color, flavor and aroma always remind me of the warmth & richness of fall. Add sweet brown sugar and a handful of earthy spices, and the kitchen smells like the epitome of Thanksgiving dinner.
How to Make a Sweet Potato Pie
- 1 1/2 cup hot, mashed sweet potatoes – 3 whole or canned
- 1/4 half & half
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 3 slightly beaten eggs
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla OR 1/4 cup brandy or sherry
- 9″ baked pie crust
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Bake sweet potatoes until tender. Peel, slice and mash.
- In large bowl, blend potatoes thoroughly with butter and half & half. Mix until smooth.
- In small bowl, mix eggs, brown sugar, salt, spices and vanilla or brandy.
- Combine both mixtures together. Pour into 9″ pie crust.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until filling is baked and crust is golden brown. If crust is browning too quickly, cover with foil.
- Lastly, cool slightly and serve with a spoonful of whipped cream.
Tip of the Day: Save your parents’ and grandparents’ recipes! Write down your family’s favorites. Make them. Pass them down. This is one way we can honor our family members and keep traditions alive.
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