This easy to follow Southern Sweet Potato Pie recipe is a traditional favorite. While sweet potato pie may be considered good, old fashioned, soul food from the South, it is loved everywhere and served traditionally on Thanksgiving for dessert. Sweet Potato Pie can also be served as a side dish with a hearty meal. Leave off the whipped cream and you’ll have delicious side for you ham or turkey dinner. This following recipe is special because it reminds you of Southern hospitality and comfort food with the addition of maple syrup giving it that extra kick that makes it so special. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, potassium and healthy carbohydrates, so go ahead and enjoy this dessert that is good for your heart and pure manna for your tastebuds.

Southern Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients

  • 3 Sweet Potatoes, baked and skinned (helpful hint below)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 Cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 Cup pecans for garnish
  • 1 9″ prepared pie pastry (I cheat and use store bought pre-made pie shells!)


1. Prepare pastry in pie plate. Refrigerate until needed.
2. Preheat oven to 350F.
3 In large mixing bow, mash sweet potatoes. For a smoother filling, you can also run through a food processor, blender or food mill.
4. Add butter, syrup and sugar and continue mashing until smooth.
5. Whisk in cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs.
6. Carefully fold in cream.
7. Pour mixture into pie shell and garnish with pecans
8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the sides begin to rise up. The center will look not quite set.

Garnish with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Hints for baking the sweet potatoes

Wash potatoes and trim off the ends. Bake in 400 F oven for 45 minutes. If you are using left over sweet potatoes, or baking them a day ahead, your pie may need additional baking time.