Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe | Dessert Recipes | PBS Food

I had a delicious Easter dinner when I was in Washington, D.C.: turkey, rice, corn, and a yummy dessert called sweet potato pudding. The best thing is, it's so easy to make, you can make it whenever you want!



  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes (1 lb. 8 oz. can of "yams" in syrup drained)
  • 3/4 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Check with a grownup, and wash your hands before you begin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Open the can of sweet potatoes. Using a sieve or colander, drain out all the liquid. Pour the sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher or a fork.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. DO NOT OVERCOOK the butter! Microwave for 30 seconds at a time (as many times as needed) until the butter is melted. Then pour melted butter into mashed potatoes and stir it in. (Be careful! The butter might be hot.)
  5. Add brown sugar to the potato mixture, and stir it in.
  6. Crack eggs into a medium bowl, and beat them with a fork until smooth and yellow. Pour eggs into the potato mixture, and stir them in.
  7. Add milk, sweetened coconut flakes, and spices to the potato mixture. Stir everything together until it is mixed. (Note: if you don't have all the spices, don't worry. Adding even one or two spices will make it tastier!)
  8. Pour the potato mixture into an oven-safe, glass, baking dish.
  9. Using oven mitts, place the potatoes into the oven. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  10. Clean up the kitchen while the wonderful aroma of baking sweet potato pudding fills your kitchen!
  11. When the timer rings, your sweet potato pudding is done! Ask a grownup to use oven mitts to take the baking dish out of the oven. Set the dish someplace safe to cool. Make sure to turn off the oven.
  12. Enjoy your pudding warm (but not too hot!), or cold.


Can opener Sieve or colander Large mixing bowl Potato masher Fork Medium microwave-safe bowl Measuring cup Wooden spoon Measuring spoons Oven-safe, glass baking dish (about 8x8 inches) Oven mitts Timer or clock