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Sweet Potato Bread

Sweet potato is one of those versatile vegetables that I love to have around the house. Not only that they last forever if you store them in a cool dark place, I can make them into these sweet potato fries, soup, mash them (for my daughter when she first started eating solid), or turn them into this quick bread for breakfast and snack. Just like pumpkin, I actually enjoy them throughout the year. Recently, I had a couple of small sweet potatoes leftover and was looking to find an idea on what to do with them. It was an odd amount: it wasn’t enough for me to turn them into fries or soup , so this bread was an easy solution.

Our bake-along group for September is Jenna from Jenna’s Cooking Journey, and her theme was “Bake a Quick Bread”. I was actually pretty happy when I realized that I had never posted this recipe before; it’s like finding extra $20 inside your pants’ pocket while doing laundry, or under the couch! I have been using this recipe forever, and I have also used pumpkin in place of sweet potato sometimes. When I have extra time, I’d throw in some cinnamon pecan streussel as well on the top to make it feel even more special. 

3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 3/4 whole wheat flour (or, all purpose flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup water, plus 2 tbsp of water (if using AP flour, reduce by 2 tbsp)
1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine both sugar and oil; beat well. Add eggs and continue to beat. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with water.

Stir in sweet potatoes and chopped nuts.

Pour batter into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan (or 2 small loaf pans). Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about one hour, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center of the loaves comes out clean.

Yield: 1 9×5-inch loaf

Adapted from All Recipes



19 Responses to “Sweet Potato Bread”

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    yummychunklet — September 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Ooh, I love all the bread recipes now. This sweet potato recipe looks delicious.

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    Choc Chip Uru — September 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Mmmm I bet sweet potato tastes fantastic in this :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    cakewhiz — September 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    i enjoy making my own breads… it’s fun and we can always play around with the recipes and make something unique. your bread looks awesome… i haven’t tried sweet potato bread but i can already imagine how divine it must taste! ;)

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    mjskit — September 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    What a fabulous quick bread! It looks so moist and the combination of sweet potatoes and pecans is the best!

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    The Squishy Monster — September 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    What a beautifully Autumn time treat!

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    Parsley Sage — September 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Mmm! This bread sounds brilliant! Especially with the streusel :) I tip my hat to you…I’m SO not a bread maker!

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    Kristy — September 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    This sounds so good Yudith! I love sweet potatoes (I’m the only one in the house that does…). This would make for a great breakfast or snack for me and I bet it freezes well too.

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    kitchenriffs — September 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I love sweet potatoes! I don’t think I’ve ever had them in bread, though. Great idea – one I’m sure I’ll borrow! Thanks so much.

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    Raymund — September 23, 2012 at 3:50 am

    That looks so good! Interesting to see sweet potato is used differently in a bread. We use that to but as a different recipe called ensaymada

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    betsyb — September 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I really love the look of this sweet potato bread recipe, especially because I can’t eat pumpkin…and I love sweet potatoes!

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    Sammie — September 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Yummy! I love sweet potatoes! And baking it into a sweet bread is simply amazing! :D Gotta try that some time for sure! And yes, that streusel would have been like the icing on a cake!! :D Quick breads are the best. Quick fast and delicious!

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    lisaiscooking — September 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I’m a big fan of sweet potato, and this bread looks great! Love the idea of adding pecan streusel, when time allows, on top too.

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    Jenn and Seth — September 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    i love sweet potatoes as well! this is such a creative use of them!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — September 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    The first sweet potato bread I ever ate was during my first term at the University of Tennessee. Fresh from Maine (and sounding like it), I made a friend who was from Knoxville and she invited me to her mother’s house “for tea” and served this bread. I’ve loved it ever since. Yours looks terrific.

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    Amanda@chewtown — September 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I haven’t tried sweet potato bread before… but now that you’ve showed me this I have to!

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    Cass @foodmyfriend — September 27, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Yum! What a great bread :) I have never made sweet potato bread. I have made ‘Mr Potato Bread’ though. He has roast potato hair!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — September 29, 2012 at 8:17 am

    This bread looks so perfect for a fall weekend! I love it. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorites and putting them into baked goods is so great.

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    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — September 30, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Hi Yudith!

    Thats a great idea! Soon the sweet potato season should start here and then I ll be able to buy some from the market. I tried to grow them myself. I had planted them following Norma changs instructions. They grew well, from the outside at least, but the roots were eaten by insects. somehow the plant survived on the surface. thanks for sharing!

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    foodwanderings — October 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Love this moist sweet potato bread. I would love it along with my cup of tea this evening. Great way to kick off the season!

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