Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups peeled, cooked, cubed sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided plus a pinch
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 to 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 3 egg whites
Directions
  • Cream the sweet potatoes with an electric mixer. This will produce a smooth, creamy pie with no lumps.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Filling:
  • In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 1 cup of the sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, and spices. Mix thoroughly. Add the milk, stirring until well combined.

  • Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes our clean. Place the pie on a rack and cool to room temperature before covering with meringue.

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 mixture on the pie, forming peaks. Make sure the meringue touches the crust all around.

  • Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, or until delicately browned. Cool and serve.


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