If you want to learn how to bake pies for the upcoming holidays, sweet potato pie is a classic dessert or side that’s perfect for Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are often confused with yams, which are similar looking tuberous vegetables indigenous to Africa. In some regions of the U.S., sweet potato pie is topped with marshmallows, while others serve it with whipped cream or ice cream. Sweet potato pie can be garnished with seasonal treats such as cranberries or pecans. Moreover, this open-faced pie will add some color to your holiday spread. This dessert has become a traditional fall offering that is certain to have friends and family coming back for second helpings.
Sweet potato pie recipe
Luckily, sweet potato pie is fairly simple to whip up. Most of the ingredients are easily found in any home kitchen. Here is a basic recipe courtesy of Food Network’s Alton Brown:
- 1 pound 3 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
- 3/4 cup packed, dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 (9-inch) deep dish, frozen pie shell
- 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Special equipment: steamer basket
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
After the sweet potatoes have been peeled and cubed, place them in the steamer basket. Then put the basket into a large pot of simmering water. Allow to steam until the potatoes are tender when poked with a fork, approximately 20 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes and set aside. If you do not have a steamer basket, the sweet potatoes may be boiled instead. After boiling, rinse them off in cold water and pat hem dry with paper towel.
In an electronic mixer or mixing bowl, stir potatoes with the yogurt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, yolks and salt (to taste). Beat these ingredients together until they are well combined. Pour the batter into the frozen pie shell. Place the pie on a sheet pan. Garnish the top of the pie with the maple syrup and pecans.
Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until the filling reaches between 165 and 180 degrees. Remove and allow to cool on the stovetop or cooling rack. Keep refrigerated.
Other holiday sweet potato offerings
Of course, if you’re not a big fan of pie, sweet potatoes can also be served mashed, baked or as fries with your holiday meal.