Aug 22, 2014

Sweet Potato Visitor Bread


My daughter's church has a sweet tradition for greeting visitors. Each visitor is given a small loaf of some kind of treat, such as banana bread or pumpkin bread. My daughter had volunteered to bring a few loaves last Sunday, but realized that she wasn't going to have time after all. She asked me if I would make some little loaves for her, and I decided to give visitors a real southern welcome with sweet potato bread.

This bread is tender and moist, and has a pretty golden-orange tint to it. It may remind you of pumpkin bread, but it has a sweet, warm flavor all its own. Autumn spices work beautifully with sweet potato- you'll want to put Sweet Potato Visitor Bread on your fall baking list! 



Sweet Potato Visitor Bread  Print
Makes four 2.75" X 6" small loaves

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 and 1/2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (about 2 large)
1/3 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray four 2.75" X 6" loaf pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine sugars, butter, and oil. Stir vigorously until well combined. Add eggs and sweet potato and beat until smooth and well-combined.
4. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture alternately with water, beginning and ending with flour, stirring just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
5. Bake for about 36 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean or with a couple of moist crumbs attached. Let cool on wire rack for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove from pan to cool completely on wire rack.  Store tightly covered.

If you are using disposable pans like I did, just let the loaves cool completely in their pans, leave them in pans and wrap well in plastic wrap, foil, etc.


All dressed up and ready to go

Cook's notes: to prepare the sweet potatoes, prick whole, unpeeled sweet potatoes and microwave until soft. Let cool and scoop flesh out of skins and into bowl. Mash well with fork, then measure. Oven-roasted sweet potatoes would have an even nicer, richer flavor.

I found the little paper baking pans at King Arthur Flour~


If you're serving Sweet Potato Bread at home, trying serving it with
Praline Sauce:


You might also enjoy Pumpkin Bread:



Sweet Potato Visitor Bread may have been shared at some of these fun parties.



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50 comments:

  1. I seriously have never had sweet potato pie, but now I so want to try and adding your praline sauce would definitely be perfect and maybe even a scoop of ice cream on top. Pinned to try and shared too :)

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  2. Joy,

    I want to be at your house. I bet it smells amazing after baking this Sweet Potato bread. YUM! I love that you found the cute baking pans. They are so much prettier than the tin ones.
    Thanks for sharing! I will definitely share today and this weekend.

    Blessings,
    Diane

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  3. I LOVE sweet potatoes! I can't wait to try this. Grampy is really big on any kind of cake type bread so I know he will love it, too! Thanks, Joy!

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  4. Joy, this looks so good! Do you think yams would work?

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  5. I've been wanting to make sweet potato muffins or breads. This one looks perfectly moist. Sharing!

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  6. Beautiful pictures Joy. You captured fall in all its cozy glory. Sharing :) and I will be trying this one too. Sounds delicious!
    Blessings,
    Shari

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  7. i love the taste of sweet potato in baking, definitely going to be making this recipe. loving the sound of a sweet potato bread.

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  8. Oh my goodness, Joy, sweet potato bread? How fabulous and I've never tried it before! The tradition of bread for visitors is just beautiful - I love it! :) Pinning and sharing. Hugs!

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  9. Fall is in the air with your photos…so ready! Yum…these sound so delicious…never had sweet potato bread.

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  10. OMG, that bread looks delicious Joy! What an awesome tradition, and a sweet mama to step in a bake them! ;)

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  11. This sounds amazing - I've never heard of sweet potato bread before, but it's definitely going on my 'to try' list! x

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  12. I had sweet potato biscuits for the first time this spring in SC and I LOVED them! I can't wait to try this bread! Over The Apple Tree

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  13. My littles would eat this sweet bread up! Thanks for sharing on Show-Licious!
    ~ Ashley

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  14. sound delish! I will add this to my must make list for sure. I think I may have tried a similar sweet potato bread but I am not sure how it was made, now I do!

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  15. Joy, these are perfect and what a great idea - wow - a keeper recipe for sure :)

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  16. Hi Joy,

    This bread looks just delicious.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carolyn

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  17. Oh Wow. I usually get stuck on just making sweet potato biscuits and pie. I will have to add this goodie to the rotation. YUM!

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  18. I love all things sweet potato and would absolutely love to devour this bread!!

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  19. I have never tried sweet potato bread before, but it looks so good. Thanks for the recipe. Pinning

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  20. What a sweet tradition and what a delicious looking bread!
    Jenna

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  21. I've never heard of it before, but now I want some!

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  22. YUM. I would love to be one of the visitors to get a loaf of this bread!

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  23. This Bread is such a nice welcome for Visitors! =)
    Your recipe sounds great! Pinned!

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  24. Oh my...this looks amazing...what a kind and sweet gift for visitors. Thank you for sharing at Party in Your PJs...pinning now!

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  25. We love sweet potatoes, but have never made sweet potato bread... it looks great. Thank you. :)

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  26. This bread looks so amazing and I never had this before, I bet it taste amazing. Thanks for sharing this nice recipe with us all. Have a nice day and week.
    Julie

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  27. This looks so yummy! Happy to have found you through the Sew Much Crafting link party :-)

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  28. You had me at sweet potato, I swear I could live off them. YUM

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  29. I love sweet potato so much more than normal potato. Never thought of making it into a bread, but this looks delish. There has to be a first time for everything :-)

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

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  30. Yum! Pinning this! Want to come over and link up? Im back on the blog!

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  31. Mississippi is known for its sweet potatoes, will be making this.

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  32. Oh my! This looks delicious...I'm pretty sure this'll be in my oven before the day is done. Thanks for sharing the recipe with Gator Mommy Reviews so I could find it. :)
    ~Candy

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  33. What a great way to greet visitors ..... I want to be a visitor! :) I love the color of the bread and I can almost smell it as it bakes! Have a great long weekend, Joy! Hugs!

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  34. G'day! This looks absolutely delish Joy! Thanks for sharing it at our #SayGdayParty! Pinned
    Cheers! Joanne

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  35. What a nice treat for visitors. I think I'd be coming back often if I could get some of this bread. Found you on The Southern Special.

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  36. Hi Joy,
    What a great idea for a visitor gift and a great recipe. I will be passing this idea and recipe along to our church hostess, thanks. Hope you are having a great Labor Day Weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  37. I going to try baking with sweet potato this autumn, these mini loaves look great! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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  38. I love sweet potatoes, but have never tried making bread. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  39. And where exactly is your daughter's church? Would love to receive this! Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday. Hope to see you again this week!

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  40. What a lovely tradition! Your Sweet Potato Visitor Bread looks and sounds delicious, Joy! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet too :-)

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  41. This looks amazing! Pinned. Please come and party with us tonight at 7 pm. It just wouldn't be a party without you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.co...
    Happy Labor Day! Lou Lou Girls

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  42. Bet my hubs would love this!! Pinning it!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday. You are very much appreciated! Hope to see you again this week! http://3glol.net/2014/09/01/teach-tuesday-19/

    3GLOL

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  43. Sounds delicious! I love how they are wrapped too! Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives Inspiration Spotlight party!

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  44. I've never heard of Sweet Potato Bread! (It must have something to do with being from New York! ;) ) Anyway, this sounds amazing! I love the idea of visitor bread, too!
    Thanks for sharing with the From the Farm Blog Hop! I hope you'll be back to visit us soon!
    ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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  45. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  46. I made this bread recently and it turned out amazing! Absolutely delicious! (In spite of the fact that I forgot to add the sweet potatoes until 5 minutes into the baking process - but don't tell anybody.)
    I'll be sharing a link to this recipe in an upcoming post featuring "fabulous fall desserts." It's too yummy to keep quiet!
    ~Candy

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  47. I can almost smell this from here Joy! Pinned and shared!

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