This post is brought to you in partnership with Frieda’s Specialty Produce.
When it comes to holiday pies, maybe you already have your go-to recipe — one that’s been passed down from generation to generation, or maybe you ripped it out of a magazine a few years ago and it’s been faithfully finding its way back to the table.
Well this year we’re shaking things up with a purple sweet potato pie kissed with maple whipped cream. We got the idea from our friends at Frieda’s, and tweaked it until we were truly in love. If you’re ready to jump out of the box and try something new, it’s just the recipe for you!
Why Purple Potatoes?
The old saying, ‘why fix it if it’s not broken’ can certainly be applied to sweet potato pie, in our humble opinion. It’s great as it is!
But when we started experimenting with Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes, we were easily swayed. Their vibrant purple color is certainly intriguing (there’s no better way to make your holiday table pop!), but it’s their balanced sweetness — not nearly as sweet as a traditional sweet potato — that makes this pie truly epic.
The Purple Difference
It turns out that baking a purple sweet potato isn’t a whole lot different than baking a more traditional potato. That said, given their firm texture, these potatoes do take a bit longer in the oven, so reserve 1 1/2 to 2 hours for baking.
The folks at Frieda’s then recommend keeping the potatoes in the foil and refrigerating them overnight before beginning the pie recipe. This makes for a super smooth, creamy mash — the perfect base for a winning pie filling.
Why Blind Bake?!
Blind baking a pie crust ensures that the bottom is nice and flaky and never soggy or floppy. Simply put, it’s a step you just don’t want to skip (and it’s really not hard!)
We’ve given you basic instructions below, but for more detailed step-by-step instructions on blind baking, see our post on How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust.
Purple Sweet Potato Pie with Maple Whipped Cream Recipe
To help pace out your baking project, there are a few things to know regarding timing. First, the potatoes themselves take 1.5 - 2 hours to bake and then they should chill overnight. Then the pie, once baked, needs to sit and cool for at least 3 hours before serving (and can certainly be made in advance and chilled overnight). Judging from experience, don't anticipate leftovers!
For the pie:
- 1 (9-inch) pie crust, homemade or store bought
- 2 large Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup whole milk, plus more if needed to thin the filling
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
For the maple whipped cream:
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Pinch kosher salt
- Pecan pieces, to top
1 Bake the sweet potatoes: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wrap Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes in aluminum foil and place on a small baking sheet.
Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until very soft when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely while still wrapped in foil, about 2 hours. Once cool, place in refrigerator overnight.
2 Blind bake the crust: For store-bought crusts, follow instructions on package. For homemade, once you’ve rolled and crimped your crust, place it in the freezer and freeze for 30 for 60 minutes.
When the crust is almost done freezing, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the frozen crust with foil and pie weights or beans.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until light golden in color and dry to the touch (check by lifting a corner of the foil and looking beneath). Remove the pie weights and set aside.
3 Make the filling: Gently peel away the skins from the refrigerated sweet potatoes and discard. Roughly chop the sweet potatoes.
In the bowl of a food processor or high-powered blender, combine the baked sweet potatoes, sugar, heavy cream, milk, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Blend until smooth.
The mixture should be the consistency of pourable pudding. If it’s not pourable and too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
4 Bake the pie: Increase the oven temperature to 425°F. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust. Smooth out the top with a spatula.
Bake for 15 minutes. Decrease oven temperature to 350°F and bake an additional 25 minutes, or until filling is set and crust is golden brown (the pie will continue to firm up as it cools).
5 Cool: Remove pie from the oven and allow to cool on wire rack for at least 3 hours before slicing. (At this point, the pie can be served, or refrigerated overnight. If refrigerated, allow the pie to come to room temperature before serving.)
6 When ready to serve, make the maple whipped cream: Pour the cream, maple syrup, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or feel free to use hand mixers and a mixing bowl). Beat on high until soft peaks form, about 1 minute.
7 Serve: Slice the pie and serve with a scoop of whipped cream and a sprinkle pecan pieces on top.
Store pie in the refrigerator for up to 3 days; whipped cream is best enjoyed the same day it’s made.
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