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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 extra-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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Why This Recipe Works

  • 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.

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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

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Graham crackers: This ingredient is used for the crust. Graham crackers are sweet whole wheat cookies made from graham flour. They are commonly found in the US in the cookie aisle of the grocery store. In the UK, you might like to use digestive biscuits instead. You might also like to use crushed gingersnaps or vanilla wafers.
  • Butter: Melted butter helps hold the crust together.
  • Sugar: A small amount of sugar is used in the crust and also in the sweet potato filling for flavor.
  • Ground cinnamon: This is a spice that goes very well with sweet potatoes, adding just a touch to the crust adds a wonderful flavor.
  • Sweet potato: Use 1 cup of cooked and mashed sweet potato. This is about 1 small or 1/2 of a medium-sized sweet potato. You may also used canned and drained sweet potatoes.
  • Egg: This helps bind the pie filling together and makes the filling more of a custard.
  • Cream: For an extra creamy texture, this recipe includes heavy cream. It is also used to make the maple whipped cream topping.
  • Vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and ground ginger: These ingredients add tremendous flavor to the pie filling. The warm spices are essential!
  • Salt: Add just a pinch for flavor.
  • Maple syrup: This ingredient is added to the homemade whipped cream.

How to Make This Recipe

  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.
  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. 
  3. Top with maple whipped cream (optional): 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.

Expert Tips

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind Of Topping Is Best For A 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. 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 1-2 minutes.

How Do You Cook Sweet Potatoes?

You can bake or boil sweet potatoes, or cook them in the Instant Pot.
Be sure to scrub sweet potatoes before cooking.
To Bake 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.
To 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.
See our full Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe

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

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.

If you would like additional information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page. For examples of the dishes used at One Dish Kitchen, please visit our Store page.

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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this sweet potato pie recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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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: sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 494kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 4 large sheets)
  • 3 tablespoons salted 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 )
  • 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

Expert Tips
  • 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.

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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45 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Pie For One”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never even tasted a sweet potato pie before, let alone made one myself, but this recipe looked so good I had to try it, and I’m sure glad I did! The filling was sweet and silky and lightly spicy, and I liked the way it was complemented by the graham cracker crumb crust. Yum!

  2. 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!

  3. 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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