Sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie has become an American Thanksgiving tradition.

Life + Leisure Cooking & Entertaining Casey Hardman

This article was published on November 24th, 2018

November marks the time for some holiday tradition. Canada has a two-month period between its two big holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The United States however, have both their biggest holidays in roughly one month apart. Ordinarily, people will make great feasts to celebrate both Holidays that on the outside may look very similar. If you are Canadian, you might have noticed that while Canadian Thanksgiving is a big holiday, it’s not celebrated nearly as much as American Thanksgiving.

Sweet potato pie

On and off, American Thanksgiving has been nationally celebrated dating back to 1789 originating as a harvest festival. It wasn’t until 1863, during the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, that Thanksgiving had become a Federal Holiday. It was meant to add to the end of the year celebrations to create a broader celebratory Holiday season in the U.S.

Similar to the Christmas Holiday that follows, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends, family, and loved ones. When you gather for the holidays, be prepared to be asked to make this recipe for every occasion. Since you’ll be spending countless hours cooking and baking, you’ll want to post your delicious end result on social media. So much food! Don’t eat too much though, because like the main course, there can also be many delicious desserts!

Originating in the Southern United States as early as the colonial days, sweet potato pie has become an American Thanksgiving tradition. Recipes for such a creamy and delicious dish can be found in cookbooks since the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 19th century where it was categorized as a dessert. Northern United States and Canada however, tend to use pumpkin for its traditional pie recipe. Although similar in tasting to the pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie is a tradition all on its own.

Time to get to the grocery store and start baking your own Thanksgiving traditional pie.

Sweet potato pie

What You Need:

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes (Or yams) Boiled
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Before starting to mix your pie filling, make sure that you have a pie shell. You can either make your own if you are able to tackle the pastry aspect of baking, or simply buy the pie shell from your local grocery store. Typically the shells can be found in the frozen food section. You can also use tart shells if that’s something that you prefer. You will also need to decide if you want whipped cream for on top of the pie when eating it. This adds a little fluffy, creamy, sweet addition to your pie.

If you want to make your own whipped cream, it’s very simple to make. Just add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup of sugar. Beat these three ingredients together on high speed. Make sure not to over whip though. If you don’t want your whipped cream to be too sweet, add the sugar little by little as you are whipping. Taste, and add sugar as you whip to your liking.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. The pie filling recipe will make two sweet potato pies. Make sure your potatoes are peeled, cut, and boiled. Once fully cooked, drain the water, and put in your mixer. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well. You will want the texture to be smooth, so break up any larger potato chunks if any.

Lightly sprinkle extra cinnamon and granulated sugar on the pie shells, and bake them on their own for about 7-10 minutes. Baking the shells a little on their own is ideal because you want them to be light and flakey, and not undercooked.

Pour your mixed pie filling in the shells, and bake for one hour. You can check if the pies are done baking by putting a knife in the centre. If nothing sticks to it, then they are finished. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, sweet potato pie is the dessert anyone would want.

Sweet potato pie

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