Weekend Recipe: Sweet Potato Bread

April 20th, 2012

I whipped up some sweet potato bread out of boredom last night that was super easy and crazy delicious. If you’ve never had it before, it’s a lot like pumpkin bread, but I found this to possibly be even better. I thought it would make a great weekend recipe – perfect for a snack or breakfast with an egg on top. I have some chai jelly I got at the food swap that is heavenly on top. Sweet potatoes are probably my favorite vegetable on this earth and we eat them like there’s no tomorrow. I buy huge bags of them so I always have them on hand.

Sweet Potato Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 heaping cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (a bit more than a cup, more like 1 1/4) * I left mine a little chunky so the bread would have some texture to it.
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional, I didn’t use them) I suspect coconut would be good in this, maybe golden raisins.

* The original recipe called for white flour and 1 cup cooked sweet potatoes, but I used whole wheat so I upped the sweet potatoes a bit so it wouldn’t be too dry.

You can either boil the peeled, chopped sweet potatoes or roast them. Your choice. While I’m sure roasting them takes this to the next level as sweet potatoes get downright caramel-y when they’re roasted, I was impatient and boiled them and it still tastes like perfection.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In a separate bowl, combine sugar and butter; mix well. Add eggs and beat. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with water. Stir in sweet potatoes and chopped nuts.
  2. Pour batter into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Bake for about one hour.

23 Responses to “Weekend Recipe: Sweet Potato Bread”

  1. Erica Says:

    April 20th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Oh yumm. I’ve been slicing and frying sweet potatoes and yams. A loaf sounds delicious, especially for breakfast.

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  2. Kate {Something Fabulous} Says:

    April 20th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Wow, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. indreams Says:

    April 20th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    this sounds delicious right now. plus, the idea of having it straight out of the oven, with butter melting on it, is making me have trouble typing. yumm!

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  4. Bloom Says:

    April 20th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    YES please! Sounds so amazing.

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  5. kelly Says:

    April 21st, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    This sounds so good. I cant wait to try this.

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  6. annika Says:

    April 21st, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Since you buy so many of them, I was just wondering what your favorite things to make with sweet potatoes are. I tend to like more savory things with them, like a feta salad, but would love some suggestions since I just bought 2 with nothing in mind. Thanks! (btw, I went to the same lost in the trees show at the echo – amazing)

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    Kate Reply:

    honestly, I roast them nearly every time! olive oil + sea salt, sometimes a bit of rosemary. Sometimes I use an immersion blender on them, but usually we just eat them like that.

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    annika Reply:

    Thanks Kate! I followed your lead – peeled, cubed, olive oil, salt, rosemary and roasted. Then I mixed with quinoa and those giant white beans from Trader Joe’s. Yum. I will definitely be trying this bread in the future.

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  7. Jessie Says:

    April 22nd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’m trying this recipe out today i’ll let you know how it goes!

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  8. Martina Says:

    April 23rd, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Kate, I just want to say lovely blog! As a LA native now living in the midwest, your pictures make me homesick. :) I made this bread with white whole wheat flour, bit of milk, and chocolate chips this past weekend and it was wonderful with a cup of tea. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. jamie {green beans & grapefruit} Says:

    April 24th, 2012 at 5:53 am

    This sounds really good and it looks really moist in the picture. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Sarah from 20something cupcakes Says:

    April 24th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I want to put marshmallows on top of a slice and broil for a take on that crazy-good Thanksgiving favorite!

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  13. Kaylee Says:

    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I made this and LOVED it. SO moist and delicious. I too boiled mine in an effort to save time but roasting them would be amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

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    May 9th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    YUM! I made this bread on Sunday after seeing the recipe here. I added raisins and walnuts and it is so delicious. I’ve enjoyed it for breakfast every morning this week! Thanks for posting.

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    October 4th, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I just made this recipe and it’s a bit too sweet for me. I’ll probably cut the sugar a little bit next time but I will definitely make it again. I like to cook my potatoes in the microwave. Stab it with a fork a few times, wrap it in a paper towel and wet it. Then just throw it in the microwave for about six or seven minutes until soft. It’s nice, clean and easy and the steam cleans off all the crud your microwave so you can clean it right after.

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  20. Tracy Says:

    October 31st, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Just made the Sweet Potato Bread sans nuts. Just my personal preference. OMG!! Delicious and so moist!
    I make a really, really good Sweet Potato Cake so I’m already a big fan. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Sophy Says:

    November 24th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Yum yum! Made three loaves of this bread today, with leftover mashed sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving. Great recipe; thanks!! Since my family loves chocolate, I added 8 oz. of dark chocolate chunks. Delicious with eggnog! Definitely a keeper.

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