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Uncle Richard’s sweet potato pie

In times like these, I’m in need of some serious comfort. I work in magazines and it’s very grim seeing your industry on a downhill slide. Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about a spate of media-industry lay-offs or a publication closing. So to assuage my fears, I’ve been eating lots of pie. Sweet potato pie.

Sweet potato pie is always on our Thanksgiving table—my family prefers it to pumpkin pie, though the two are similar in texture and taste. But sweet potatoes give the custard a bit more heft and are, as the name implies, more naturally sweet than pumpkins.

I asked my grandma for the family recipe but she pointed me in the direction of my Uncle Richard. “Richard makes the best sweet potato pie,” she said. And after years of eating it, I have to agree that indeed he does.

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Richard loves his pies, and when my brother got married in September my uncle helped coordinate the marathon pie-baking party that side of the family held. See, my brother had decided that instead of a groom’s cake he wanted a table filled with pies. And so my family’s repertoire was on full display—chocolate, chess, apple, peanut butter and, of course, Uncle Richard’s sweet potato.

When you make a sweet potato pie, the most important thing is the spice. Richard uses the usual suspects such as cinnamon and nutmeg. But he also adds ginger and cloves, which I think add a bit of heat and zing.

Because of obligations, I’m not going to the farm this Thanksgiving; I’ll miss sharing the day with my family. But still, I am so very thankful for all that I have—I am beyond blessed and feel very, very fortunate.

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My heart, however, goes out to those who have lost their jobs. I know that a pie won’t put food on the table or a roof over your head, but perhaps, in that moment when you take a bite, it’ll provide a little bit of sweet soft comfort.

What pies are you making for Thanksgiving?

5 from 1 vote

Uncle Richard’s sweet potato pie

Servings 16
Author Lisa Fain


Ingredients for the pie:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes or 1 (15-ounce) can mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 unbaked 9-inch pie shells

Ingredients for the ginger whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • In a blender, add the sweet potato, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and evaporated milk. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture evenly into the pie shells and bake uncovered for 55 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to make the ginger whipped cream, in a chilled bowl, beat the cream, honey, and ginger with a mixer, whisk or egg beater until soft peaks form.


Uncle Richard’s says: I really enjoy it cold out of the refrigerator the next day for breakfast.

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  1. notsocrafty.com says:

    Hi, I never eat sweet potatoes but I got a few in my CSA box. I gave this recipe a try last night and it was amazing far better than pumpkin. The whip cream was a hit as well. Thank you

  2. notsocrafty.com says:

    Hi, I never eat sweet potatoes but I got a few in my CSA box. I gave this recipe a try last night and it was amazing far better than pumpkin. The whip cream was a hit as well. Thank you

  3. hello, i just made this pie today and it was pretty good! it was my first time having spp and it was my first time making fresh whipped cream! both were quite good. the only problem was i cheated and used a premade frozen crust…which didn't taste very good. i will make my own next time (i've never made a crust before and was intimidated by this fact) and i expect the pie to be even better! thanks for sharing!

  4. Anonymous says:

    We're so glad we found Uncle Richard's sweet tater pie, this has become our family's favorite pie recipe. One of our local stores had sweet potatoes on sale, I bought enough to make two, one for us and one for a friend.
    Thanks Uncle Richard 🙂

  5. jeff's backpacking adventures says:

    Un freakin real!!!!!! We had this pie for dinner tonight and those 2 pies disappeared Fast! I was expecting that pumpkin pie taste(supermarket pumpkin pie taste to be exact) but what I tasted was absolutely amazing. And the cream was very good with just the right amount of ginger. I was born in Richardson near Dallas and now live near San Fransisco and miss those great recipes. Great blog and thank you for your hard work. Jeff