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Mom’s Best Pies- Pineapple Coconut Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, and Pecan Pie

Updated on November 28, 2014
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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.

My mom’s sweet love of sweets is well known in the family. We always had homemade cakes and pies in the house when I was growing up. She’s most known for her cakes, and I have already shared her best cake recipes, like her German Chocolate Cake, 14 Karat Cake, and Five Flavor Pound Cake.

We also had a lot of pies in the house, though Mom has never been into making homemade pie crust. In this hub, I’m sharing my top three most favorite of Mom’s pies.

Pie recipes in this hub:

Pineapple Coconut Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Pineapple Coconut Pie


Pineapple Coconut Pie


1 stick butter

4 eggs

1 can, 7-oz Angel Flake Coconut; Mom prefers the frozen flaked coconut

2 cups sugar

1 small can crushed pineapple


1- Melt butter and mix in sugar until smooth. 

2- Beat eggs and add to mixture. 

3- Add coconut and pineapple. 

4- Pour evenly into 2 unbaked pastry shells. 

5- Bake at 325º about 60 minutes, until golden brown. 


Sweet Potato Pie

Mom's Sweet Potato Pie, on Granny's dish
Mom's Sweet Potato Pie, on Granny's dish | Source
Sweet Potato pie baked by Mom
Sweet Potato pie baked by Mom | Source

Sweet Potato Pie


All my aunts are great cooks, but Mom’s Sweet Potato pies are the best in the family in my opinion.  She doesn’t use a recipe, an annoying trait of many great cooks.  I had her look through some of her recipe books.  She found this recipe and thought it was close, but she emphasized she sweetens her potato batter to taste.  Actually the secret seems to be to sweeten to the point that you think you just crossed the line of too sweet.  After they are baked, they should be just right. 


4 medium sweet potatoes, about 3 ½ to 4 c

2 eggs

1 c sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 stick butter

½ c evaporated milk

2 shallow (not deep dish) unbaked pie crusts


1.  Peel the sweet potatoes and cut in chunks.  Boil in water until tender. 

2.  Use an electric mixer to beat potatoes until smooth. 

3.  Add other ingredients.  Beat until creamy.

4.  Bake for about 40 minutes at 350º, until crust is brown and middle of pie is set. 

Mom cautions the cook time on sweet potato pies is tricky.  The bottom is often doughy, so maybe not a bad idea to precook the crust for 10-15 minutes. 


Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie | Source

Pecan Pies

In the South, we have Pee-can pies, not pee-con.

3 eggs

1 c packed light brown sugar

1 c granulated sugar

3 T flour

1 tsp vanilla

¾ c milk

1 stick melted butter

1 c chopped pecans

2 shallow (not deep dish) unbaked pie crusts

1. Use mixer to cream together butter and sugar.

2. Add in flour.

3. Beat eggs together in a separate bowl, then and add to butter-sugar mixture.

4. Add milk, nuts and vanilla flavoring. Mix to combine.

5. Pour evenly into 2 unbaked shallow pie shells.

6. Bake pies at 350º for 30 minutes or until set.

Food Network Sweet Potato Pies


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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Pamela I had each of these pies countless times growing up. I can vouch for all of them.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    These pies all look delicious. I've never heard of pineapple coconut but I think it sounds wonderful. Thanks for some great recipes.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    DREAM I don't really enjoy baking, but these are all really easy.

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    DREAM ON 7 years ago

    I wish I could eat the pictures.I will beg my wife to cook me one.I rather eat than cook.i think we will end up making it together.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    ethel, all are guaranteed to satisfy.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    drbj this pecan pie recipe is very easy, but definitely tastes like Southern cookin' at its best.

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    rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    Lorlie I'm in Texas, so can usually still find the foods/ingredients I'm used to from S.C. In the military, there were usually "neighbors" from GA, NC, etc assigned to my clinic. We would 'divide and conquer' when bringing covered dishes to functions.

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    Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Never tried to make or eat these. Great recipes

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    Hi, mcr - Although I consider myself more of a cake and cookie person, that pecan pie is calling my name. I may have to consider switching allegiance.

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    Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

    Thanks, rmcrayne, I've been searching for a good pee-can recipe! Even though I live in California, I lived in Birmingham for 8 years and Lordy, how I miss the food!