Sweet potato pie is pumpkin pie’s first cousin—like good cousins, they’re best friends, practically identical twins, but with just enough differences in flavor and texture to tell them apart.
Sweet potatoes are sweeter than pumpkins, and though the pies are usually made in the same way with eggs, cream or evaporated milk, and pie spices, sweet potato pie tends to be lighter, airier, and well, sweeter.
VIDEO! How to Make Sweet Potato Pie
SWEET POTATO PIE VS. PUMPKIN PIE
Sure, you could swap sweet potatoes for pumpkin cup-for-cup in your favorite pumpkin pie recipe, but pumpkin is lower in sugar. This means pumpkin pies need to have more sugar to compensate. If you make the swap, you might want to reduce the sugar in your pumpkin pie recipe by two tablespoons in the sweet potato version.
CANNED VS. FRESH SWEET POTATOES
It might seem like an extra…