When the calendar moved to December this past weekend, my first thought was to leave sweet potatoes firmly planted in the past. In my mind, these root vegetables have a place at the Thanksgiving table, and that is about it.
The problem was, I had a stack of sweet potato recipes that I fully intended to enjoy in November but simply did not get around to. Shelve them for next year, or get to baking? Get to baking.
This bread sunk a bit along the middle, and it was so moist I was initially concerned I failed to bake it until fully done. Turns out all was well, and I have been enjoying a slice for breakfast ever since.
Though I opted to sweeten my bread up with mini chocolate chips, incorporating nuts will make for a more savory option. Consider enjoying a savory slice with a bowl of soup or salad. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato Bread
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sweet potato puree
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the sweet potato puree, brown sugar, applesauce, milk, and vegetable oil until well combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 60 minutes until the bread is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 45 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. If needed, run a knife along the edges of the pan to fully loosen the loaf.
Like pumpkin puree, sweet potato puree is available in canned form. I made my own by roasting four small sweet potatoes at 400 degrees until tender, about 45 minutes. When they were cool enough to handle, I simply popped them out of their skins and mashed them with a fork.For a savory twist, add chopped pecans or other nuts in place of the mini chocolate chips.