Papa Charles' Sweet Potato Pie

"This recipe is a staple at every family get together. My Dad has been making it as long as I can remember. It can be served room temperature, or I like it chilled and topped with whipped cream or if you're in a devilish mood....vanilla ice cream! Don't get too hung up on the is a very forgiving recipe that allows for some variables depending on taste. ENJOY!"
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Ready In:
1hr 35mins
1-2 pies




  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Peel, pare and then boil potatoes in a covered pot with a dash of salt in the water for about 15 minutes or until soft.
  • Mash and blend with and electric mixer. (Remove "strings" by repeatedly rinsing the blades of your mixer under water until a smooth texture is achieved -- this may take several times).
  • Combine both sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, and vanilla with sweet potatoes, mix until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings per your taste.
  • After sweet potatoes have cooled, beat eggs in seperate bowl and add to sweet potato mix.
  • Add evaporated milk.
  • Pour into pie shell. (depending on size of sweet potatoes, you may have enough filling for 2 pies!).
  • Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature, or chill before serving. Enjoy topped with whipped cream.

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  1. Melanie Adrienne
    Boy, your Papa has really nailed it with this pie! Absolute heavenly perfection :-) No need to search further, thanks so much!
  2. loof751
    This pie is wonderful! Sweet and rich and spicy. Your method of removing the "strings" from the sweet potatoes worked very well and my filling was smooth and creamy. I made 3 small mini pies and had just the right amount of filling for that. Thanks for sharing a great recipe! Made for Spring Pick-A-Chef 2011
  3. CJAY8248
    Excellent sweet potato pie. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely make it again and again. The ingredients were perfect as written as was the timing. Kudos to you and Dad for sharing such a great recipe. Made for PAC 2011.
  4. Sydney Mike
    As much as I love pumpkin pie, I like those dark colored sweet potatoes even more, & in a pie, they're outstanding! Your recipe is just wonderful, & the 2 of us thoroughly enjoyed eating the whole thing (though not at one sitting, of course)! Even had a piece of it with some ice cream (thank you for the tip)! I'll be making this one again & again! Thanks for sharing it!Made this especially for my vegetarian son & DIL & it was a big hit with all of us!



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