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Alexis's Sweet Potato Pie


This scrumptious sweet-potato pie, created by Martha's daughter, Alexis, strikes all the right balances: its consistency is dense but not heavy, and its flavor sweet but not saccharine. When buying fresh sweet potatoes, choose small- to medium-size examples with smooth, unbruised skins. Martha made this recipe on episode 705 of Martha Bakes.

  • Yield: Makes one 9-inch pie

Photography: Yossy Arefi


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 Prebaked Pie Crust
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce potatoes several times with the tines of a fork and place on a baking sheet. Roast until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 1 hour. Set aside to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, peel, discarding skins, place flesh (2 1/2 cups) in the bowl of a food processor, and process until smooth (or place flesh in a medium bowl and mash well). Set aside to cool completely.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt until well combined. Whisk in half-and-half.

  3. Add egg mixture to cooled sweet potatoes, and whisk until thoroughly combined. Whisk in melted butter. Pour into baked crust. Bake until filling is set and the tip of a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool completely before slicing. Serve topped with whipped cream, if desired.

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  • laceyd2003
    21 NOV, 2011
    I made this last year for Thanksgiving, and everyone loved it. Im making it again this year, some people have already asked if im making it. I topped mine with whipped cream. Soo Good!!!
  • breazilenuts
    5 DEC, 2009
    I was NOT impressed with this pie at ALL. It was bland, no personality. Just BLAH.
  • jjweaver72
    25 DEC, 2007
    Just tried this recipe for the first time and so-far-so-good. I didn't follow the instructions at all (I added all of the wet ingredients in one bowl before the crust was even finished). I'm curious to see how a pecan crust would work with this and I'd like to add bourbon to the whipping cream.