Mama’s Sweet Potato Custard Pie

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Difficulty: Easy

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3 pounds (about 6 medium) sweet potatoes
1 recipe Basic Pastry (recipe follows)
1 cup sugar
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
About ¼ cup heavy cream or evaporated milk
Whipped Cream
Prepared pastry





Scrub the potatoes well under cold running water. Put them in a large, heavy-bottomed pot and add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, reduce the heat to a steady simmer, loosely cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender (a fork or sharp knife should easily pass through). Drain and cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375° F. Line two 9-inch pie plates with pastry and prick well with a fork. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down, weight with dried beans or pie weights. Partially bake for 20 minutes. Remove the weights and foil and let cool.

While they’re still hot, peel the sweet potatoes and puree through a potato ricer (note: a potato ricer is a simple kitchen tool used to process potatoes by forcing them through small holes, which are often no larger than a grain of rice) into a large mixing bowl, or cut in chunks and mash them well with a fork or potato masher. Mix the butter and sugar and until absorbed, then stir in the eggs, spices, vanilla and enough cream or evaporated milk to make it smooth but not soupy. It should still be quite thick.

Pour the custard into the prepared pastry, smooth the top, and bake in the center of the oven until set at the center, about 40 minutes. Cool on wire racks and serve at room temperature or slightly chilled, with a healthy dollop of whipped cream.

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Paula When I was just a kid on my grandparents farm we would work all day and than have good home cooked meals from the crops we grew. One of my favorite foods was dessert. My Grandma made the best Irish Potato pie. It was like a custard but truly made from white potatoes. After each meal we would have churned ice cream or potato pie. Do you have a recipe for Irish Potato pie? Love your show. Enjoy seeing your sons there with you. thanks Marie

By Marie McGahee on November 01, 2011


Love Paula Deen all her recipes and her warmth and beautiful soul wish I could meet her someday. I adore that All American Spirit in her.

By Hala on April 09, 2011

Hi Paula,
I’m writing to let you know, The guy I work with wants a sweet potato pie. He has offered to buy the ingredients, His girlfriend does not cook. So he asked me to, What he does not know, Is this will be my first pie. So, I am going to make your mama’s sweet potato custard pie. I will let you know how it turns out and how he likes it. Thank you for sharing your recipes and kindness. Teresa

By Teresa Corbin on December 22, 2009

My husband says make it quick!

By Karen on December 14, 2009

Sounds Yummy.  I just love me some sweet potatoes and this custard sounds like it will be just the one for Christmas.

By bamaldy on December 06, 2009

Mr Fowler,

Thank you for another outstanding contribution. I’ve been a fan since my wife purchased your Fried Chicken book for me years ago.

Happy Thanksgiving, Sir!

By Lt. Sanders on November 25, 2009

Every dish every dessert! is fabulous!!!!!We love you…. so keep on sending your best dishes from your house to ours! You are my life saver in the kitchen and to others as well.

By firestone57 on November 22, 2009

this sounds so goood.i well make tomorrow.

By nadine tinkler on November 17, 2009

I can’t wait to try this recipe on Thanksgiving!

By Sarah Renee on November 17, 2009

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