Sweet Potato Brulee

Sweet Potato Brulee

It is so hard to believe we’re well past the end of summer and the holidays are rapidly approaching. So to get started on our holiday menus, I am re-posting my classic sweet potato casserole recipe. Truly more of a sweet potato brulee or custard than a pudding, pumpkin pie spice ensures this dish will become one of your family’s favorite.

An elder once told me the body becomes physically exhausted at the turn of each season. For a perhaps a week now I have been sleeping more, yet wanting more than I am giving myself. I love Autumn’s cool not cold weather and with my birthday being in October, Fall is my absolute favorite season. But with all the global strife going on, my general positive outlook has not remained steadfast. I have a previous post for anyone like me who may be struggling to always remain optimistic. Exercise, which I did not previously mention, is a miracle salve for down days. Philosophically, I know this time will pass and those of us still upright will be stronger for it.

Helping others and having human connections is also critical to happiness. Contrary to what many may think, African Americans have strong kinship bonds. The cultural trait likely helped our antecedents survive many of the hardships and horrors they experienced. Another African-American staple passed down from our African ancestors, yams or sweet potatoes can be eaten as a side-dish or dessert. The tubers are also good for you because they regulate blood sugar and contain more Vitamin A than almost any other food source. Nurture yourself, then others and repeat forever. Preparing a Sweet Potato Brulee along with an awesome Macaroni & Cheese will be a fortuitous start. Thrive!

Sweet Potato Brulee is the ultimate - crunchy on the outside and buttery sweet on the inside. The family will always remember this as a holiday favorite.

Sweet Potato Brulee

Sweet and buttery, this sweet potato casserole is sure to become a family tradition.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine African American, American
Servings 6 people


  • Paring Knife
  • Food Processor or Grater
  • Electric Hand Mixer or Whisk
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • 2-quart shallow Baking Dish
  • Large Wooden Spoon or Spatula


  • cups Organic Sweet Potatoes grated
  • 2 Organic Eggs
  • ¾ cup Organic Whole Milk
  • ¾ cup Organic Half & Half
  • ½ tbsp Organic Raw Cane Sugar
  • ¼ cup Organic Salted Butter
  • cup Organic Agave Syrup
  • 1 tsp Real Salt
  • ½ tsp Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¼ tsp Organic Powdered Ginger


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Grate sweet potatoes and set aside.
  • Melt butter.
  • Cream butter and agave syrup together.
  • Mix in eggs, pumpkin pie spice, salt, half & half and milk with butter and agave syrup. Beat with a whisk.
  • Fold sweet potatoes into the milk mixture, evenly incorporating.
  • Butter baking dish with a pat of butter.
  • Pour sweet potato mixture into the dish, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 1 hour.
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword African American Cuisine, African Heritage Diet, Gluten Free, Plant Based, Soul Food, Southern Cooking, Southern Cuisine, Sweet Potato Brulee, Sweet Potato Casserole, Vegetarian

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