The Best Sweet Potato Pie

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Sweet Potato Pie

by Antreon Walker

April 30, 2018


I was a person that didn't eat dessert all the time. It's not because the sweetness wasn't right, but I just always wanted that taste of that good ole sweet potato pie. The foundation of the pie was that good, sweet homemade dough.

When we were little I remember waking up and smelling the blend of sweet potatoes and brown sugar. We only have it twice a year, every Christmas and Thanksgiving. That's what makes it very special. She makes it and all the family loves it. They are so good that my family started asking for their own pie, asked her if can she make them all the time, that they will pay for them.

This is one of our family recipes that I will never forget. When we all get together we always talk about the pie and how we can't wait for the holidays to come. I have such a big family and that's why I think she only makes them twice a year, like, who wants to make all them pies everyday? She makes about four on Thanksgiving and five on Christmas. We never really understood why she made more on Christmas. All we could say is that it's our extra Christmas present.

When the pie is ready we all wait for at least a hour because we all love it cold for some reason. When that hour is up we all stand around in the kitchen and eat then we all decide who get to cut the pie. How we decided that is the person who can do a wall sit the longest—and remember we just got done eating—the person who hold it the longest gets to get the biggest piece and gets to cut for everyone else.

This is it: the best pie.


  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Bake sweet potatoes for 1 hour in the oven on a baking sheet. When done, let cool.

Scrape the pulp out of the skin, transfer to a large bowl, and mash. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Add evaporated milk and stir mixture into sweet potatoes. Beat together with mixer until smooth and pour into an unbaked pie shell.