Easy Old-Fashioned Southern Sweet Potato pie made with sweetened condensed milk tastes like a cool crisp fall day, warm pungent spices, and Thanksgiving dinner all wrapped up in one delicious and decadent bite.
whipped cream or purchased frozen whipped topping,optional for garnish
Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Use a fork or knife to pierce holes in the top and bottom of the potatoes. Roast the sweet potatoes for 40 to 50 minutes or until they are very soft, and you can easily squeeze them with a potholder. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 °F.
Let the potatoes cool for a few minutes, slice them in half, and scoop the flesh into a medium-sized bowl. Add the butter. Then use an electric mixer and blend on medium until everything is combined and there are no lumps.
Add the sweetened condensed milk, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, salt, and vanilla extract and mix well.
Pour the sweet potato mixture into the pie crust. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the pie has set.
Place the pie on a wire cooling rack and let cool completely. Garnish with whipped cream or other toppings, if desired.
To cook the potatoes in the microwave, prick them with a fork and microwave for five minutes. Then, turn them over and cook for another five minutes or until the potatoes are very soft when squeezed. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and scoop out and mash the flesh.You can substitute canned sweet potatoes in this recipe. Be sure to drain, rinse and mash them well before adding them to the batter. You will need two cups of mashed potatoes. For convenience, I use a frozen pre-made deep-dish pie crust in this recipe. Feel free to make your own using your favorite pie crust recipe, or try this fool-proof pie crust recipe from the Pudge Factor. If you use a purchased crust, don't forget to place the unbaked pie on a cookie sheet before putting it in the oven. By itself, the aluminum pie pan is flimsy and may bend when you put it in or take it out of the oven.When the pie is done, the filling will puff up slightly, but once it starts cooling, it will flatten out.This is not only a delicious southern dessert, but a piece with your coffee in the morning is the breakfast of champions.