One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
* Luciano Pavarotti & William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

November 21, 2008

Sweet Potato Pie

Served at book club for To Kill A Mockingbird. Recipe by Paula Deen.


  • 2 cups peeled, cooked sweet potatoes (not Yams! Sweet Potatoes are yellow inside, not orange)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 9-inch unbaked pie crust (I used Wegman's brand)
  • 3 egg whites


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the filling, using an electric hand mixer, combine the potatoes, 1 cup of the sugar, the butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, and spices. Mix thoroughly. Add the milk and continue to mix. Pour the filling into the pie crust and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (It may have just been my oven, but it took mine almost an hour to bake!) Place the pie on a rack and cool to room temperature before covering with meringue.

For the meringue, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form; beat in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue beating until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is glossy and stiff, but not dry. With a rubber spatula, spoon the meringue onto the pie, forming peaks. Make sure the meringue touches the crust all around. Sprinkle with a pinch of granulated sugar. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until delicately browned. Cool and serve. (I guess I didn't read this far because I didn't bake it again after putting the meringue on...oops!) Or you could just do without the meringue and put a dollop of whipped cream on top. I think it would be just as good.

This was awesome! It's not as overwhelming as a pumpkin pie.

1 comment:

kristenita said...

loved your pie! good job, it turned out perfect & everyone loved it. thanks for posting this!!


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