I know – buying pie is really easy. The internet has recently lost its mind over a viral video of a guy raving over Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie.
I’m sure Patti’s pie is delightful – and Lord knows I’m not trying to step on Ms. Patti’s toes — but if you have 2 hours and some basic ingredients, you can make your own and brag about it.
Recipe below – I don’t make my own pie crust because I find it unnecessary, but many disagree with me. The below makes two pies. Yes, it’s a lot of sugar – but the pie will lose sweetness as it bakes, so the batter should taste incredibly sweet before it goes in the oven. Also, you want to roast the sweet potatoes as the caramelizing during the roasting process will contribute to the flavor. Don’t microwave your potatoes and don’t go canned on me!
- 4-5 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 store bought pie crusts
- 1.5 stick of butter (3/4 c)
- 8 oz of evaporated milk
- 1.5 cup white sugar
- 1.5 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (you can also use a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, mace)
- 3 eggs
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Rinse sweet potatoes, poke with a fork a few times and individually wrap each potato in aluminum foil. Bake in the oven for about an hour, until potatoes are soft when you squeeze them.
- While potatoes are baking, follow pie crust instructions to make sure crust is ready for a one-crust filled pie (this may just involve allowing the crust to unthaw).
- When potatoes are cooked through, remove them from the oven and lower the temperature to 350. Peel the skin off (careful, HOT!) and transfer the pulps to a large bowl. Add butter, milk, both sugars, vanilla, and spices. Stir until smooth and taste to make sure it’s to your liking. When you’re happy, add the eggs to the batter. (If you have a dog, save the sweet potato skins for a snack or to put in their food. Ro Pup LOVES sweet potatoes).
- Divide the batter evenly among the pie crusts. Place in oven and bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Remove, let cool and EAT! Who needs to buy a pie when you can make this at home?
Rosé’s face when I told her I was making sweet potato pies
(Okay, not really, but I have taught her the term sweet potato. Seriously, she goes nuts every time she hears it!)