Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sweet Potato Bread

I love me some sweet potatoes. We have so many laying around from after Thanksgiving, I've been trying to come up with creative ways to use them up. Smashing and casseroles were out since we had so much of that last week. And roasting them alone seems anticlimactic (although still tasty!). I have a ton of flour sitting in the pantry, so I decided to see if a quick bread loaf was possible with other items laying around the house.

I couldn't help myself and did roast some sweet potatoes before mixing them into the batter. I kept some to the side and munched on them while preparing the bread. I just love the sweet, caramel potato smell that emanates throughout the house while they slowly tenderize in the oven.

I love the consistency of this bread. It reminds me of zucchini bread density, where it's not a solid bread, but it also doesn't taste or feel quite like a cake. The sweetness is also subtle and not overpowering. I spread some butter on top of my warm slice and sat down to slowly enjoy the mellow flavors. This works wonderfully as a snack, dessert, or tasty breakfast.

If you have some plain pecans or caramel walnut pieces laying around, those would be fabulous on top.

Sweet Potato Bread

2 medium sweet potatoes
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cupturbinado
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup butter
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350*F. Peel and roughly chop the sweet potatoes. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread evenly on a cooking sheet. Roast for 30min until tender.

In a medium bowl, sift together the ingredients of flour through the baking powder and set aside. Prepare a loaf pan by coating all sides with butter and set aside.

Once the sweet potatoes are ready, combine the wet ingredients (sweet potatoes, and turbinado through eggs) in a mixer and blend until fairly smooth, although small sweet potato pieces will remain. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Bake at 350*F for 60min or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow it to cool in the pan before slicing.

~Yields 1 loaf.

~Adapted from Stylish Cuisine and Bread + Butter.

See that shadow there on the left? That would be my dog's nose a millisecond before she grabbed that bite on the fork. She's never done that before. I think some of those dogs at the park are a bad influence. I'll have to cut down on her fraternization time or at least quiz any dogs for their intention of playing with my dog from now on. Sigh, kids.


  1. YUM!! I've made sweet potato biscuits, but yours looks so good!

  2. This sounds so good! I'm a huge sweet potato fan too. Could really get into this!

  3. Thank you for this..just in time. We have so many Sweet potatoes left over? We will give this a try. best from Jefferson's Table, s

  4. What an awesome idea! Definitely going to have to try this.

  5. Never made potato bread, I am curious if it tastes sweet like a cake or more salty like a bread. Looks great. Your dog is become in an adult and is getting manners some adults get!! Funny!

  6. I absolutely love sweet potatoes and this is a great way to use it.

  7. At first glance I thought it was chocolate cake cos I thought sweet potato would be orange colour. But I'm sure it tastes very moist and delicious. I love sweet potato.

  8. This has to be delicious by the way it sounds and looks...fantastic!

  9. Great use of sweet potatoes! I love the nutmeg in there.

  10. I will definitely try this since I have some sweet potatoes waiting to be used-- thanks for sharing it!

  11. Original recipe! It sounds delicious :)

  12. You're right - the smell of roasting sweet potatoes is so wonderful. This bread looks great! And I am laughing about your pooch stealing the bite! (Sorry, I've been there.) I guess the temptation was just too much for her : (

  13. I've never made a quick bread with sweet potatoes before. Genius! And your spices are perfect for the cold weather we are finally enjoying down here in TX.

  14. Wonderful quick bread! I love quick breads like yours since they make such a great to go breakfast

  15. I have all these left over sweetpotatoes from thanksgiving...AND i got three new bread pans...I think it's my destiny to make these :)

  16. That's a nice looking loaf of bread, easy to whip up too.

  17. What a great idea! I've been trying to come up with a way to use the last couple of sweet potatoes that we have from turkey day. None of us over here are very big fans of the baked sweet potato, so this is a great alternative!

  18. this looks wonderful great job Rebecca

  19. @Marillyn sweet potatoes are awesome b/c they can be used in so many recipes. sweet potato fries in a honey dipping sauce is one of my favorite ways to eat them, besides just roasting them in the oven.

    @tastyeats be sure to try it if you have some laying around! :)

    @stockwell thanks, hope you enjoy the bread!

    @local cook wonderful! let me know how it turns out!

    @Silvia this is a sweet, dense bread, much like zucchini bread. it is not dry and salty like sandwich bread. yes, my dog is trying to branch out on her own, but she needs to keep her manners in check! ;)

    @Divina yes, i agree. i'm sure you're better at explaining how good they are for you better than i could ;)

    @Mary i'm sure if i had a real camera, the orange dough would be more noticible, but it came out brown in the end. no matter the color, it's still very delicious!

    @pegasus thank you!

    @Canuck yes, i try and sneak in some nutmeg whenever i can ;)

    @April you're welcome! hope you enjoy the bread

    @Karine oh yes, very tasty - make sure to try some!

    @Tasty yes, i am flattered she thinks my cooking is that good, but i would like to enjoy it, too! not to mention she can't be doing this to other people's plates! glad you're also a fan of the roasted sweet potato :)

    @Vegetable Matter yes, the temperature has been up and down here in FL this winter, but we have had some chilly nights. cinnamon and nutmeg always remind me of the holidays.

    @Jessie yes! it's great warmed up with a big slab of butter on top and some marmalade, mmmm!

    @Joy haha, yes, i'd take that as a sign. ;) enjoy!

    @Cheah thank you!

    @Rochelle this bread is a great way to sneak in some sweet potatoes since the spices tone down the flavor a little and meld together to make a sweet bread instead of just a mouthful of sweet potato. hope everyone likes it!

    @Chow & Chatter thank you! :)

  20. Hello this is Pierre in France
    I am french !
    You are lucky to have such a name !!
    I have created my blog dedicated to French creative food.
    Come and visit my blog you are very welcome door is always open!!! Cheers from Paris

  21. Hi Brie, I just got back from my vacation not long ago! Still trying to catch up with all of you. I'm way behind! However, your bread sounds yummy and love the natural sweetness of it! Have a wonderful time. Cheers.

  22. Like many people here, I've never had sweet potato bread, but I can imagine how good it would be because I love pumpkin bread and zucchini bread! It's interesting how you used both butter and olive oil, too. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  23. @Pierre haha, yes, i do like my name. thanks for stopping by - i'll make sure to visit your blog.

    @MLS thanks! it was nice to have the natural sweet potato flavor in each bite.

    @Kitchen M yes, this is very similar to zucchini bread, and just as tasty!