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The Best Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Having parents who are both from down south, I grew up eating all of the delicious southern food staples. One of them that I still frequently eat is Sweet Potato Pie. Each and every time my mom would make it, the flavor was always consistent. So, I’ll admit, I was a bit weary to make even the slightest change to such a wonderful recipe when I decided to use purple sweet potatoes instead of orange.

Sweet Potato Pie with purple sweet potatoes is something that I have been wanting to make for a very long time. Many, many years to be quite frank. It is as easy and fun as making regular sweet potato pie. And the best part? No food coloring. That’s right folks, that vibrant color that you see is all thanks to the oh so vibrant purple sweet potatoes themselves. After all, they are the star of the show here.  

The Best Purple Sweet Potato Pie

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Madison Course: Dessert Recipes, Easy Recipes, Family Recipes, Holiday Recipes, Kid Friendly Recipes, Low Cost Recipes, Quick Recipes, Snack RecipesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

servings
Prep time

1

hour 
Cooking time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large purple sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/3 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 9 unbaked -inch pie shells

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400˚ F (200˚ C).
  • With a fork, pierce sweet potatoes all over. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Bake sweet potatoes for 50 minutes or until tender.
  • Remove sweet potatoes from oven and lower oven temperature to 375˚ F.
  • Allow sweet potatoes to cool slightly before cutting each one in half and scooping out the flesh with a spoon into a large bowl.
  • With a hand mixer or whisk, mix sweet potatoes together until smooth.
  • Mix in softened butter, granulated sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice until everything is well combined.
  • Pour mixture into pie shells and smooth so the top is flat.
  • Place pies in oven and bake for 45 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

  • Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

  •  Although you can boil or microwave the sweet potatoes, roasting gives off a syrup like no other.
  • Be sure to not over mix. You only need to mix until everything is combined.
  • If needed, cover the crust with a pie guard or aluminum foil before baking to ensure the crust does not get too brown too soon.

Looks wise, the purple color can certainly be a turn off with this pie if it is something you are not used to. However, if you are looking for a fun baking activity to keep your little ones busy, this is a wonderful dessert to bake with them. It is extremely fun for kids to help you make and fortunately, it will not stain your countertops if a little bit of the filling drips onto them. As long as you wipe it off, you should be good to go.

Do not judge this pie by the looks of it. It is quite different, but it is surely a unique beauty nonetheless. So, to enhance its beauty, I like to go for a more rustic look when I pinch together this pie crust. Something about a non-traditional, imperfect pie crust helps to bring this pie together so well. For this pie, I used store-bought premade pie crust.

When I first decided to experiment and make this, my family was certainly hesitant. One of my family members specifically said she would try it, but would have to close her eyes. Needless to say, once she took that closed-eyed bite, her eyes were open from then on. She agreed that it was delicious and has been requesting I make a couple more. 

Now, making this was quite the experience. I was not quite sure what to expect from these purple yams. Not only did the pie turn out wonderfully, but it exceeded my expectations for sure! It tasted fantastic. To give you a more accurate description of what it tasted like, I will tell you that it was very rich and creamy. I found it to be a lot denser than regular sweet potato pie, but very similar in taste. 

The purple yams yielded such a rich flavor for the pie filling. So, if you typically make sweet potato pies with standard orange sweet potatoes, then you too might notice that using purple ones yields a much creamier, but denser texture. No complaints here! I love a good creamy and dense pie. I hope you try this fun and unique Purple Sweet Potato Pie and enjoy it as much as my family and I did! 

Sweet Potato Pie with purple sweet potatoes is something that I have been wanting to make for a very long time. Many, many years to be quite frank. It is as easy and fun as making regular sweet potato pie. And the best part? No food coloring. That’s right folks, that vibrant color that you see is all thanks to the oh so vibrant purple sweet potatoes themselves. After all, they are the star of the show here.  

Looks wise, the purple color can certainly be a turn off with this pie if it is something you are not used to. However, if you are looking for a fun baking activity to keep your little ones busy, this is a wonderful dessert to bake with them. It is extremely fun for kids to help you make and fortunately, it will not stain your countertops if a little bit of the filling drips onto them. As long as you wipe it off, you should be good to go.

Do not judge this pie by the looks of it. It is quite different, but it is surely a unique beauty nonetheless. So, to enhance its beauty, I like to go for a more rustic look when I pinch together this pie crust. Something about a non-traditional, imperfect pie crust helps to bring this pie together so well. For this pie, I used store-bought premade pie crust.

When I first decided to experiment and make this, my family was certainly hesitant. One of my family members specifically said she would try it, but would have to close her eyes. Needless to say, once she took that closed-eyed bite, her eyes were open from then on. She agreed that it was delicious and has been requesting I make a couple more. 

Now, making this was quite the experience. I was not quite sure what to expect from these purple yams. Not only did the pie turn out wonderfully, but it exceeded my expectations for sure! It tasted fantastic. To give you a more accurate description of what it tasted like, I will tell you that it was very rich and creamy. I found it to be a lot denser than regular sweet potato pie, but very similar in taste. 

The purple yams yielded such a rich flavor for the pie filling. So, if you typically make sweet potato pies with standard orange sweet potatoes, then you too might notice that using purple ones yields a much creamier, but denser texture. No complaints here! I love a good creamy and dense pie. I hope you try this fun and unique Purple Sweet Potato Pie and enjoy it as much as my family and I did! 

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