November 24, 2015


UPDATE: 2 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla instead of Tablespoons
...that's right, I certainly would NEVER throw shade at grand diva Patty LaBelle.  I am always a big supporter of business owning sisters, and have always LOVED me some Patty LaBelle.  By now everyone has heard all about the Patty pies that Walmart cannot keep on the shelves.  This sister has it going on in the pie marketing arena, the pies have even been highlighted on the national news.  I'm no marketing expert, of course, but releasing the pies right at the beginning of  the Thanksgiving Season was GENUS!

You go on now Ms. Patty!  But I had to laugh out loud when I first heard about Patty's pie because our Sweet Potato Pies are called Aunt Pat's Pies.  The pie recipe that we use was developed by my expert pie baking sister, Patricia (Patty) Clark.   
My favorite picture of my baby sister Pat from her junior high school days.

Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees
NOTE:  Thaw pie crusts ahead of time
5 TO 6 Medium to Large Sweet Potatoes
(You know, they say that North Carolina has the best sweet potatoes, and I agree)
1 Cup Sugar
2 sticks Margarine or Butter, at room temperature
3 Eggs, at room temperature
2- 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla
½ Teaspoons Nutmeg, and ¼ Teaspoon Allspice OR use ¾ Teaspoon of Cinnamon
2 or 3 Regular Pie Crusts (I think Pet-Ritz are the best)
Scrub and wash then boil sweet potatoes whole in their skins in large pot of water until fork tender.
Pour off water, cool potatoes and then peel.

Place potatoes in a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar.  Mix with electric mixer until mixture is a smooth consistency.  NOTE:  SOME POTATOES ARE STRINGY,  If potato strings get hooked around mixer beaters, remove them so they won’t get back into the pie mixture.  Beat until no strings appear around the beaters.

This is the time to taste the potato mixture for sweetness.  If the mixture is not sweet enough, add more sugar ¼ cup to ½ cup at a time until it is sweet enough for you.  If you manage to get the mixture  a little too sweet, don’t worry about it, because when you add the eggs some of the sweetness will be taken away.

Add 3 large room temperature eggs, 2 ½ teaspoons of Vanilla, Spices or Spice.  Continue beating the mixture until eggs and spices are well incorporated.  If you think the mixture is too soupie at this point, add 1 Tablespoon of Flour to the mixture to thicken.

Poke holes in bottom of pie crust.  Bake crusts just until lightly browned – DO NOT BURN!!!

Pour potato mixture into browned pie crusts. Place pies on a large cookie sheet.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow pies to cool thoroughly before slicing.    ENJOY!!!

Our Patty Pies hot out of the oven ready to enjoy!
We love them.  Wish we'd had the wherewithal to put these wonderful pies on the market!


  1. Because of my Aunt Pat I can make sweet potato pies! I love me some Patti Labelle but, her pies have way too much nutmeg....

  2. Alondra!, is this really you??? I think this is the VERY FIRST TIME you have ever commented on my blog! Thank you so much for looking in!!!

  3. Wow! I'm no Patty, but I said she has nothing on my pies if I say so myself, LOL!!!! Your sister's recipe is very much like mine! The only exception is, I bake my potatoes instead of boiling them.
    Kudos to your sister for becoming the brand for your family's go-to sweet potato pies!

    1. Alethia I talked with my Sister the other day to get her permission to use the picture and the recipe here and she says that she has started baking her potatoes as well. Pat says that they have more flavor when baked. Guess I'll be baking mine from now on too!

  4. This sounds like a really yummy pie recipe! That's really nice of you to share it with others! My guess is a lot of "US" Southern Belles, have great sweet potato pie recipes, we just need good agents to promote us!!

    1. You are so right Myra - I'll bet there is a different pie recipe in each family - now we need to find an agent!

  5. I can taste it! thanks for sharing.

    1. You are soooo welcome Alethia hope you try it!

  6. Faye great recipe ! One question,is it 2 1/2 teaspoons or 21/2 tablespoons of vanilla flavoring? Thanks, again!

    1. I checked with my sister to make sure - CORRECTION: 2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla flavoring instead of tablespoons. (So Sorry)!

  7. Faye great recipe ! One question,is it 2 1/2 teaspoons or 21/2 tablespoons of vanilla flavoring? Thanks, again!

  8. Thanks for posting your recipe Faye. I am the family 'potato pie' baker. (that's what my mom calls them). I'm not from the South but I'm a southern girl when it comes to cooking and baking. I developed my own recipe over the years (which is very similar to your sister's). Everyone thinks I should be selling them--and I do occasionally--maybe I should have called Walmart (lol).

  9. Anonymous11/24/2015

    Gurl while Patty's (that is the LaBelle) pies are good, they are not better than my Momma's, oh lawd, let's have some church up in here ha ha!! My Momma's pies are a recipe handed down for generations and my Momma bakes pies for all the neighbors around Thanksgiving. Now I know that no factory could EVER put the same level of LOVE my Momma puts into her pies and my Namaw (Grandmother) puts into her cakes or my Great Aunts put in to their baked goods so I am satisfied that ours will be a secret recipe kept very sacred.

    But Faye, there is always room on the shelves for good wholesome competition.


  10. My Granny was the sweet potatoe pie baker and unfortuntely at 93 and an memory loss she no longer bakes. My aunt had written the recipe down then lost it and now the whole family is very disappointeed with my aunt. We have gone several holidays with the taste of grannies' sweet potatoe pie. I think i will have to give your sisters recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Blank �� had no idea Patty made pies. Hope you all don't murder me but I tired to watch her on the cooking channel and it was awful. I didn't see a single thing in her technique that was different or special....I'm just saying. I love her as a singer....but cooking not so much. I want a piece of Aunt Pat's pie ��

    1. Venita I so wish I could send you a pie!!!

  12. Anonymous11/25/2015

    Your baby sis is beautiful. That's a great photo. Thanks for sharing this recipe. We recently picked up a sweet potato pie from a wholesale club that was very good too. Happy Holidays!



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