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Mary Randolph's Sweet Potato Pie

Yield one 9-inch pie


  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 unbaked (9-inch) pastry shell
  • Finely chopped citron

How to Make It

  1. Cream butter in a mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add potatoes; beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  2. Place brandy in a small pan; heat just until warm (do not boil). Add brandy, lemon rind, juice, vanilla, and nutmeg to sweet potato mixture; stir until well blended.

  3. Pour mixture into pastry shell. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle pie with citron; cool completely.

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