Baked Sweet Potato Custard

sweet potato custard
Diana Rattray
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Ratings (11)

If you like sweet potato pie then you'll love this tasty spiced sweet potato custard dessert recipe. Sweet potato is blended with eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and hot milk and then baked until set. 

Made in individual cups, this spiced custard is just perfect for a family dessert or special occasion. Garnish each dessert with berries or candied pecans, or top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce to add a special touch.

What You'll Need

  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup pureed sweet potato
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of cloves
  • Dash of ginger
  • 5 to 6 cups water
  • Garnish: freshly ground nutmeg or cinnamon for topping

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Butter six 5- to 6-ounce custard cups; set cups in a large baking or roasting pan.
  2. Heat the milk until very hot; set aside and keep warm.
  3. In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the sweet potato, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Whisk in milk and beat until well blended. Pour into the prepared custard cups.
  4. Heat 5 to 6 cups of water until steaming and nearly simmering.
  1. Place the roasting pan with custard cups in the hot oven and fill the pan with the very hot water until the water is about halfway up the side of the custard cups. Be careful not to pour water into the custard.
  2. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges are firm. The center of the custards will still jiggle a bit. Allow a little more time if you're using larger custard cups, and check early if using very small or shallow cups.
  3. Remove cups from the water bath immediately and place on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, cover the custards with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. The custards may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Other Custard Recipes

If this sweet potato custard dessert was a hit maybe you'd like to try some other custard recipes. This old-fashioned baked custard has just four ingredients and couldn't be easier to make; the bit of nutmeg at the end makes this a classic version. Or try this recipe in your slow cooker! Easy slow cooker baked egg custard will turn out similar results with the convenience of the crock pot.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 176
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 158 mg
Sodium 132 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 8 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)