Southern SweetPotato Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (if using canned sweet potatoes, do not used syrup-packed)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell (if using a commercially frozen pie shell, use a 9-inch deep dish shell)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs and stir. Add sweet potatoes and mix well. Stir in milk, vanilla and salt, making sure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Pour into pie shell and bake 40 minutes.

Note: This is a plain sweet potato pie for those who like the lush flavor of sweet potatoes accented only by vanilla. For extra flavor, you may want to fancy up the pie with the addition of 1/2 tsp. each of cinnamon and nutmeg, or a tablespoon of grated lemon rind and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. This pie can also be made without using a crust. Pour ingredients into a buttered 9-inch pie plate and bake 40 minutes at 375 F. or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.