Just A Little Sweet

27 November 2013

Oh my goodness it's the Eve of my favorite Holiday and I am beyond thrilled. I had to forgo our usual early recipe because I didn't want to make these little beauties twice. Last week I shared a Sweet Potato Cheesecake with you all, but this recipe is more dear to my heart - it's my family's sweet potato pie recipe. This recipe is really for several pies but I broke it down to make just these minis or one regular pie. Like I said before traditionally when growing up I only ate sweet potatoes in pies or candied yams. Now as an adult I love them because they are really tasty in other things too. However nothing gets me salivating like my mom or grandma's sweet potato pie.

If you need any last minute dessert idea I dare you to try this. I am sure you probably have most of the ingredients on hand otherwise you can brave the stores so that this delightful sweet can sit at your Thanksgiving table.

Sweet Potato Pie


2 cups of Pureed Sweet Potatoes
3/4 cup sugar
4 oz milk*
4 oz butter, softened*
2 eggs*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening*
2 tbsp cold water


For the crust: In a medium bowl combine salt and flour. Cut in your shortening with knives or a pastry blender. Do this until your mixture is crumbly. Add water and combine until mixture holds together - be sure to use really cold water.

If for some reason your mixture is too dry you may add an additional tablespoon of cold water.

Roll dough into a ball and then on a lightly floured surface roll dough out. Ideal pie crust should be rolled about 1/8 of an inch thick, but who is measuring? Pinch and turn edge of pie crust as desired in your favorite pie dish.

For the filling: Boil 3-4 medium sized sweet potatoes until soften. Peel back skin and puree flesh with potato masher or paddle in stand mixer. 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In another bowl combine sugar, eggs*, milk*, and softened butter and mix together until thoroughly combined. Next add in your pureed potato and spices continue mix until texture is creamy and smooth. At the very end mix in your vanilla and lemon extract.

Fill your pie crust evenly and bake for 45-60 minutes. Watch your pie carefully when it is golden brown and firm it will be done baking.

*All ingredients used in this recipe are vegan. Eggs are made from egg re-placer  Butter and shortening is earth balance. Milk is Blue Diamond almond milk. Traditionally this recipe is not vegan feel free to use the same measurements for non vegan ingredients..

As I type this our apartment smells like sweet cinnamony goodness. I am preparing to cook a pot roast for my husbands main course, and I have a large pie cooling on the stove. Besides a time of delicious food I am oh so thankful for a day to be with the man that I love. More than anything I am thankful for a wonderful God who allowed me to be here another year. It's my prayer today that you all to have a fantastic Holiday holding tightly to your faith and the people in your lives. Have a Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

I am not the best pie crust shaper but forget how they looked. These little pies were amazing and a perfect serving for one.

Your Turn: What's your favorite flavor pie tell me below and link me to a recipe if you have one.


  1. Wishing you and yours the most fantastic of holidays! Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy those they look amazing!

  2. Anything mini is so much more fun isn't it?! Those are adorable and so yummy looking!

    As for pies, I am huge key lime fan IF it's made right with REAL key limes...gotta be super tart. There is a restaurant on Ocean Drive in South Beach, FL called Quinns. OMG the best key lime pie ever! Apparently, the same woman has been making them at home and delivering them daily for years...best I have ever tasted in. my life. Wish I could find the recipe, but if you're ever down south check it out!

  3. Thank you for this! I will be trying it out soon. And I bet your hub's pot roast is amazing too (I know you abstain). I'm just getting comfortable in the kitchen so nothing to share just yet. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys!!

  4. These look great! I've never actually had a sweet potato pie before. This might need to change.

  5. Can you believe I've never had sweet potato pie? These look so good and oh my gosh they are tiny and adorable! Hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving friend! xo

  6. wowee these sound really delish. i love the comparison as growing up we always had them with a sunday roast for dinner always savoury and NEVER had them in something sweet so this is kinda cool!!! and oh boy I love your photos...they are always so pretty!!!

  7. Those are so cute. You're going to make the best mama with all your good cooking skills. XOXO

  8. Happy Thanksgiving! The pie looks delicious. My mom makes mini pies like that too.

  9. These sound super good, dear!!! :-D

  10. These look absolutely delicious!!


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