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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Reviews (6)

39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
10/12/2019
I have been making this for years and it is excellent. It lets the flavor of the sweet potatoes come through without a lot of other unnecessary flavors.
Rating: 2 stars
11/01/2018
The ingredients work well together but without enough sugar and other key ingredients (secret family recipe ingredients which I can't tell you :-)) cinnamon and allspice take over and it tastes more like pumpkin pie instead of sweet potato pie. What I can tell you is at least add vanilla. That's all I can tell you, I don't want to give away my family's recipe :-)!
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2017
I make this recipe every year. It's wonderful if you do not like pies that are overly sweet.
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Rating: Unrated
11/21/2011
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!!!
Rating: Unrated
12/05/2009
I was NOT impressed with this pie at ALL. It was bland, no personality. Just BLAH.
Rating: Unrated
12/25/2007
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.
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