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Sweet Potato Pie For One

Sweet Potato Pie For One - This popular Southern dessert starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and is filled with a delightful sweet potato custard.

Sweet potato pie in a small baking dish on a tray topped with whipped cream with a slice of sweet potato behind it

In keeping with our Thanksgiving For One theme, today I'm bringing you an ultra creamy single serving sweet potato pie recipe. With the holidays right around the corner, I've been in such a pie-baking mood and I'm having a good time transforming our family's favorite holiday recipes and desserts into single serving desserts.

Although the traditional pumpkin pie will always have a special place in my heart for Thanksgiving, I think there's also room for sweet potato pie.

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While sweet potato pie is a Southern favorite, I actually don't remember eating it growing up.  

Pumpkin, pecan and apple pies were the ones my mom always made. It wasn't until I was older that I had my first taste of sweet potato pie and it sure left a lasting memory.

What Makes This Sweet Potato Pie So Special?

  • This sweet potato pie recipe is made with just one cup of mashed sweet potatoes. I use either a small sweet potato or roughly half of a medium sized sweet potato.
  • It's also a great mini dessert to make if you have leftover sweet potatoes from a previous meal.
  • Canned sweet potatoes will also work great in this recipe.
  • You can even cook the sweet potato a day or so in advance and keep it in the fridge until you're ready to use it.
A sweet potato pie in a small baking dish on a tray with a sliced up sweet potato on a plate behind it and a shaker of ground cinnamon

Ingredients

See the recipe below for ingredient amounts and complete instructions.

For this mini pie, you will need:

For the crust

  • crushed graham cracker crumbs (may also use digestive biscuits, vanilla wafers or gingersnaps)
  • butter
  • sugar
  • ground cinnamon

For the sweet potato filling

  • mashed sweet potato
  • egg
  • sugar
  • cream
  • vanilla extract
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cloves
  • ground ginger
  • salt

How to Make Sweet Potato Pie

Step 1: Make the crust

  • Pour crumbs into a small bowl and stir in melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Spoon crumbs into a lightly greased 5-inch baking dish and press the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Use the back of a spoon or the bottom of a flat measuring cup to press the crumbs down.
  • Bake the crust for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Step 2: Make the sweet potato filling

  • Combine cooked sweet potato with sugar, egg, cream, vanilla and a combination of nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the filling has set. 

Topping For Sweet Potato Pie

A scoop of homemade whipped cream is a lovely choice for a topping. Easy to make, whipped cream can be ready in minutes. Add a touch of maple syrup for sweetness.

How To Make Homemade Whipped Cream

You can certainly use whipped cream purchased from the grocery store to top your pie, but homemade whipped cream takes just minutes to make and tastes so rich and wonderful. The only ingredients needed are heavy cream and sugar.

Pour 1/4 cup of cream and 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar into a small mixing bowl. Whisk until the cream reaches soft peaks, about 2-4 minutes.

How To Cook Sweet Potatoes

You can either bake or boil sweet potatoes.

Be sure to scrub sweet potatoes before cooking.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Prick sweet potato with a fork.
  • Bake until tender, or until a fork inserted in the thickest part goes in and comes out easily, about 45-50 minutes.

Boil Sweet Potatoes

  • Place the sweet potato in a pot and add just enough water to cover the sweet potato. Add a pinch of salt. Using medium-high heat, bring to a boil.
  • Cover the pot with the lid and cook sweet potato for 10 minutes or until tender on the outside. 
  • Place a colander in the sink and carefully remove the sweet potato from the pot by pouring the sweet potato into a colander and draining off the water. Run cold water over the sweet potato to cool it before using.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

  • Wash, scrub, and poke holes in the sweet potato with the tines of a fork.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the 3-quart Instant Pot.
  • Place the sweet potatoes on the steaming trivet that comes with the Instant Pot.
  • Seal and cook on high pressure.

Full recipe HERE.

A fork grabbing a piece of sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream

Tips For Making The Best Sweet Potato Pie

  • When taking the pie out of the oven, give it a little nudge. It should jiggle slightly in the center.
  • The pie is done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Make sure to let the pie cool for at a minimum of 30 minutes before enjoying.

If you like this sweet potato pie recipe, you may also like to try our Sweet Potato Casserole For One.

Best Baking Dish To Use For A Mini Sweet Potato Pie

For this pie recipe, I use a 5-inch baking dish. For best results, please use a dish of similar size.

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Sweet Potato Pie For One

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cool: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: lemon meringue pie, Thanksgiving
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 494kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1/2 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs (about 4 large sheets)
  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

FILLING

  • 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato (small or 1/2 of a medium-sized )*See notes
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

MAPLE WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  • TO MAKE THE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST
  • Heat oven to 350° F (177° C).
  • Place the sheets of graham crackers in a zip top bag and roll with a rolling pin or heavy can to crush.
  • Pour crumbs into a small bowl and stir in melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Spoon crumbs into a lightly greased 5-inch baking dish and press the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Use the back of a spoon or the bottom of a flat measuring cup to press the crumbs down.
  • Bake the crust for 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • TO MAKE THE FILLING
  • In a bowl, whisk together the mashed sweet potatoes, egg, sugar, cream, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and salt. Pour into baking dish.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the filling has set.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • TO MAKE THE MAPLE WHIPPED CREAM
  • Pour the cream into a small bowl. Add the maple syrup to the cream and beat with an electric mixer or a wire whisk until stiff peaks form.
  • Top sweet potato pie with the whipped cream.

Notes

TO COOK A SWEET POTATO
Scrub sweet potato thoroughly with a brush. Set aside.
Place the sweet potato in a pot and add just enough water to cover the sweet potato. Add a pinch of salt. Using medium-high heat, bring to a boil.
Cover the pot with the lid and cook sweet potato for 10 minutes or until tender on the outside.
Place a colander in the sink and carefully remove the sweet potato from the pot by pouring the sweet potato into a colander and draining off the water. Run cold water over the sweet potato to cool it before using.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 10530IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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38 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Pie For One”

  1. sadly i cant get a hold of graham cracker in israel 🙁 any ideas for a substitute? or a mini graham cracker recipe? or what about the small lotus cookies?

      1. thanks! around how many lotus cookies should i use? they r pretty small compared to graham crackers :/

      2. You need about 1/2 cup of cookie crumbs. I’m not sure how many lotus cookies you need to use. My advice would be to crush a few at a time until you get about 1/2 cup. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the absolute BEST recipe for a Sweet Potato Pie! I made this me and my husband and we love it! The flavor was outstanding, and the spices were perfect!

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