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Southern Sweet Potato Pie

This Mississippi sweet potato pie is very popular in the South. It's a particular favorite at our house because we always have plenty of sweet potatoes in our garden. Try it with a dollop of whipped cream. —Bonnie Holcomb, Fulton, Mississippi
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, nutmeg and salt. In a large bowl, beat the potatoes, eggs, corn syrup, butter and sugar mixture. Gradually stir in milk. Pour into pastry shell.
  • Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Leftover unsweetened mashed sweet potatoes work well in this recipe. If you don't have mashed sweet potatoes on hand, prepare them by microwaving or roasting until softened.
  • Corn syrup is an invert sugar, meaning it is liquid in its natural state. This quality helps it stop sugar crystals from forming in frostings, candies and other sweet recipes.
  • Take a look at these other classic Southern recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 513 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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    • Michelle
      Jul 5, 2018

      One of my favorites to make love this recipe taste good

    • J. Glen
      Jan 10, 2018

      Use eagle brand milk and it is out of this world.

    • suefalk
      Nov 19, 2017

      Delicious! A nice change from pumpkin pie. I do agree with some reviews that it is a bit sweet.Maybe replace corn syrup with maple syrup or molasses.

    • Debra12345
      Nov 25, 2015

      I love it made it several times

    • auntsansan
      Nov 17, 2015

      Yes yes yes..i tweeked it just a little bit...1/2tsp.nutmeg and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract optional you can add .....................1 /2teaspoon of lemon extract,,,,,along with the VANILLA...its called crossing the flavor...... it must be lemon extract or lemon oil it CAN NOT imitation lemon EXTRACT.

    • lady4life
      Aug 3, 2015

      I baked it and loved it..very tasty without strong flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg..just sweet enough!

    • Marisela419
      May 20, 2015

      I had the best sweet potato pie from Mrs. Ramsey mother of our own hall of fame basketball star but she was more famous for a lot of us for her cooking and this recipe is darn near closes to it . My family loves it

    • conley8
      Jan 9, 2015

      I always cook sweet potatoe pies for my family for Thanksgiving an Christmas but this year I wanted to try taste of home recipe I did and my family loved it of course I added a little more sugar but for the most part it was worth it. Thank you taste of home.

    • chelley82
      Dec 28, 2014

      This was my husband and I 1st time making a sweet potato pie and We both agree that the pie is definitely not sweet enough and missing some main ingredients we made a 2nd one and we left out the flour and add cinnamon and brown sugar and a little more nutmeg with some vanilla extract and more sweet potatoes and ole boy was it delicious

    • tlbrkb
      Dec 28, 2014

      I just made these pies today for the second time. I would suggest as I have done both times to add 2 or more cups of sweet potatoes and cut back on a bit of the sugar. Other than that, this pie is so so so good!!