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Pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie?

In my family, every holiday gathering includes a sweet potato pie or 4? I was somewhat stunned to "discover" the pumpkin pie at the ripe age of 25 and loved it! So, of course I requested for Thanksgiving the next year and met the stunned, confuzzled face of my 85 year old grandmother who refused to even attempt it. Just thought I'd pose a question the Chow crew: sweet potato or pumpkin pie?

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  1. I only like pumpkin piesde from longneck pumpkins so I would lean towards sweet potato but I have only eaten it once.

    1. Both for different reasons. Pumpkin pie for the pudding craving...sweet potato for the savory craving. I don't spice them the same. Pumpkin is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean, ginger and a touch of mace. Sweet pototo is spiced with ground black pepper, cardamom and ginger.

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      1. re: HillJ

        You suddenly made me want to try sweet potato pie!

        1. re: sueatmo

          I sure hope you will. It's delicious. I should add that I use a ground nut crust for sweet potato pie that is only slightly salted and no crust for pumpkin pie.

        2. re: HillJ

          Have you ever tried to switch the spices? I don't make pies much, but use the purees interchangeably in pumpkin bread. Couldn't a sweet potato pie be just as custardy as pumpkin pie?

          1. re: paulj

            Sure paulj, loads of experimenting to try out diff spice combos, batter consistency, types of squash and recipe uses. When I make squash souffles or mousse I also experiment and much of my sweet potato pie baking using these specific spices is as a result of experimenting with small batches of squash pies.

          2. re: HillJ

            black pepper n sweet potato pie?

            Must be a new addition.

            1. re: Kashmirgirl

              Actually my full comments was, spiced with ground black pepper, cardamom and ginger in a sweet potato pie. And yes, a version I enjoy very much savory not sweet.

          3. Both, different other than color as HillJ says. SP is a denser texture, while pumpkin is more pudding-like. Both also last a while, so leftover appropriate.

            1. Pumpkin chiffon pie slays regular pumpkin pie. Sorry if that doesn't answer the question but since I don't have a recipe for sweet potato chiffon pie, I can't really compare the two thoroughly.

              1. Basic Old Time Sweet Potato..