Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Mama's Sweet Potato Pie

Here at Hickery Holler Blog not only do I like to show you how I grow vegetables and can them but also as those vegetables are harvested how to prepare them. Growing up in the south sweet potatoes are one of those vegetables that became almost symbolic of the south. After all who can visit the south without sweet potato pie and boiled peanuts.  Nobody made sweet potato pie like my mama. 

These days it seems like most people make sweet potato pie and load it down with all the spices of a pumpkin pie to the point that you almost can't tell the difference. In this pie you'll find no cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. And no pureed sweet potatoes but rather fresh sweet potatoes either baked  (microwaved) or boiled with the skin on then removing the skin and simply mash with a fork and your potato pulp is ready. This is how my mother used up her leftover baked sweet potatoes from the night before. 

Mama's Sweet Potato Pie

1 9 inch Pie shell unbaked
3 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup mashed sweet potato pulp 
3/4 cup Pet milk (evaporated milk)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) 
2 eggs
pinch salt 
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Preheat oven to 350

Combine sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl
Cream in softened butter to flour/sugar  mixture
Add pet milk, eggs, sweet potato pulp, salt, nutmeg and vanilla and mix well
Pour into prepared pie shell and bake at 350 for about 1 hour or until pie is set being careful not to over brown edges.   

Remove pie from oven and allow to cool,

(By using mashed sweet potato pulp and NOT puree you change the consistency of this pie)

Now how do you enjoy that sweet potato pie? Just drop on by and we'll sit on the front porch with a tall glass of iced tea and have a nice visit. I'll ask how ya mama is doing and tell you all about my grandkids. Maybe share some of my zinnia seeds that are drying out there and a small jar of jelly to sample.  

Blessings from The Holler 

The Canned Quilter


  1. Looks great and sounds good too.

  2. Oh if I could just jump in the truck, head over there and join you on the porch. I think the O'Wise One and my Country Boy would get along just fine. Thanks for this recipe. I LOVE sweet potatoes and nutmeg. I would use nutmeg is just about everything if I could. The Country Boy can not tolerate cinnamon much...Gulf War and PTSD related, so this is great.

    I agree with you 100% on the loading down with spices and such. So many fruits and veggies taste great on their own.

    blessings, jill
    ps. my mama had a good week. She suffers from early dementia and gets so stressed when she can not remember things. This week was good. I saw more smiles then frowns.

  3. I saved this recipe and will write it in my cookbook, thank you for sharing:@)

  4. Thank you for sharing your Mom's recipe.
    Everyone of us will be stopping by to sit on the porch enjoy
    a tall glass of tea and delicious pie.

  5. Just had to tell you what a success your Mama's Sweet Potato Pie was at our house this weekend... my daughter-in-love had left over sweet potatoes from our supper Friday night... she had cooked them in the crock pot with applesauce and a little maple syrup... I shared your recipe with her yesterday morning soon after you posted it... wish you could have seen that pretty pie she made and oh how good too... she is our champion pie maker in the family and she is thrilled to add your recipe to her list of best pies to "must make again"...!!

  6. YUM! Thank you for sharing this authentic, time-tested family recipe!

    I would love to have you link it up with us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  7. OK......I am a total fan of Hickoy Holler Farms. :) I live here in the Midwest too, on the Illinois side. I've tried the carrot cake (rave reviews) and last nite I tried this Sweet Potato Pie recipe (perfect). OMG simple, quick, and delicious. Three quarters of the pie was gone with 20 mins of cutting into it (we are a family of 3). Thanks so much for sharing. These are now my holiday recipes. :)

  8. Corrections.....I tried the sweet potato cake recipe (rave reviews)


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