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Sep 9, 2020

Sweet Potato Tart

This sweet potato tart is a wonderful alternative to pumpkin pie. It's baked in a sweet cookie crust, and spiced with the flavors of fall. It's Southern through and through.

Sweet Potato Tart

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While sweet potato pie is often compared to pumpkin pie, there are some differences. It's richer, denser, and more hearty. Plus, it has such a bright, gorgeous color.

It's a fabulous make-ahead dessert, freeing up your oven and saving you time during the holidays.

Sweet Potato Tart slices

Ingredients in sweet potato tarts:

  1. Sweet potatoes: Get the jewel sweet potato, the one with the orange flesh and reddish skin. You'll need about 1 1/2 pounds. I used sweet potatoes from one of our prize sponsors, Melissa's Produce
  2. Cinnamon and Nutmeg: You can also substitute pumpkin pie spice or even apple pie spice if you have it in your spice cabinet. Plus you'll need a pinch of salt
  3. Eggs: Eggs provide enough structure to hold everything together. Otherwise, you'd just have mashed potatoes in a crust!
  4. Half and Half: I actually substituted half whole milk and half heavy cream to make my own. 
  5. Sweet Cookie Crust: This crust is easy to make, and doesn't require blind baking before filling. 
  6. Vanilla Bean Paste: I love the little flecks of vanilla in vanilla bean paste. I used the vanilla bean pasted from one of our prize sponsors, Taylor and Colledge. It's a combination of sweetened vanilla and vanilla seeds. 

Vanilla bean, almond, and lavender pastes

How to make a sweet potato tart:

First, prepare the crust. You can make it up to 24 hours in advance. Just wrap it and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake the tart.

Next, bake the sweet potatoes until they are soft. They size of the potatoes will determine how long this will take. Scoop the potatoes out of their skins and mash them until you have a puree. I used my stand mixer's paddle attachment to do this.

After that, add the spices, eggs, half and half, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and smooth the top.

Finally, bake the tart on the lowest rack of the oven at 350 degrees F for about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool and serve at room temperature.

Sweet Potato Tart with whipped cream

You will need a 10-inch tart pan for baking this sweet potato tart. If you don't have one, you could also use a pie pan, but you may have extra filling.

Serve this tart with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. I also love it topped with candied pecans. I may have even had a slice for breakfast.

Sweet Potato Tart with candied pecans

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Sweet potato tart slice with whipped cream

Sweet Potato Tart Recipe

Sweet Potato Tart Recipe
Yield: 10 servings
Author: Karen Kerr
This sweet potato tart is a wonderful alternative to pumpkin pie. It's baked in a sweet cookie crust, and spiced with the flavors of fall. It's Southern through and through.


For the Sweet Cookie Crust
  • 120 grams (4 1/4 ounces) (1 cup) all purpose flour
  • 33 grams (1 1/8 ounces) (1/6 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 5 pieces
  • 1 large egg
For the Sweet Potato Filling
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 10-inch tart pan prepared with sweet cookie crust dough


To Make the Crust
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and pulse several times to combine. 
  2. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is finely mixed into the dry ingredients. 
  3. Add the egg and pulse until the dough forms a ball. 
  4. Turn the dough out onto a piece of lightly floured waxed or parchment paper and form the dough into a 1/4 inch thick disk. 
  5. Flour the top of the dough and cover with another piece of wax paper. Roll the dough out into a 13 inch round. Transfer the dough to the pan and press it into place, flat against the bottom and the sides of the pan. Trim any excess dough and pinch together any tears in the dough. Refrigerate until ready to fill. 
To Make the Sweet Potato Tart
  1. Place rack on the lowest rung of your oven and heat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Bake the sweet potatoes until softened. Cool and peel them and place the flesh into a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mash first with a large fork or potato masher, and then, if necessary, mix with a mixer to puree the potatoes. Mix in the sugar, spices, and salt. 
  3. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, and then add in the half and half and vanilla. 
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and place the tart on the lowest rack in the oven. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees F. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the crust is golden and the filling is set. 
  5. Cool the tart on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature. 
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  1. Can you believe I've never had sweet potato pie? I'm going to give your tart version a try this year for Thanksgiving! It looks awesome!

    1. I don't think I tried it until about 5 years ago. It's really good!

  2. what a beauty!!!!! I've never had sweet potato pie, but I bet it is delicious! It is that time of the year.... ;-)

    1. It's almost like having veggies for dessert! It's totally delish.

  3. i'm ready for fall desserts! This tart looks so good!

  4. This looks delicious, and I love that the crust doesn't have to be blind baked!

  5. I love this tart! I am not a fan of sweet potatoes unless they're in a baked good haha. I'm adding this to our holiday dessert trays

  6. I have never had sweet potato pie. I don't know why. I think I will remedy that with this recipe.

  7. Sweet potato pie is a favorite of mine, and I'm loving this tart with the cookie crust! It looks and sounds soooo yummy!

  8. This is so much better than a usual pie! Genius!

  9. I have never had sweet potatoes for dessert. Ever. I might have to change that because this looks DIVINE!

    1. And you are South adjacent! You def need to try it!

  10. That crust and that filling look perfect! This screams fall to me.


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