Sweet Potato Pie

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This Southern classic is a great alternative to pumpkin pie. The custard filling is creamier and less dense, as well as brighter in color. Top with whipped cream.

Prep time: 30 Minutes

Total time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Yield: Serves 6

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Ingredients

  • 10 graham crackers (or 1 1/3 cups graham-cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups Sweet-Potato Puree
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. with rack on lowest shelf. Make crust: In a food processor, pulse graham crackers, sugar, ginger, and salt until finely ground. Add butter; pulse until mixture forms large, moist crumbs. Press crust into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate.
  2. Make filling: In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until combined. Add sweet-potato puree, half-and-half, lemon juice, vanilla, salt, and allspice; whisk until completely smooth. Pour filling into crust; smooth top with a rubber spatula.
  3. Place pie on a baking sheet, and bake until filling is set, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer pie to a wire rack to cool completely, about 2 hours. Pie can be prepared up to a day ahead and refrigerated; serve chilled or at room temperature.