Thursday, January 2, 2014

Sweet Potato Bread

This is the Sweet Potato Bread.  Love it!

I made butternut squash bread a while ago.  It was a huge recipe- made three loaves.  I froze two and we made our way through it.  I have pictures of the beginning dough.  It was so huge that it could not be fully done in my mixer so I switched back to kneading it myself on the counter.  It was really good bread.  Slightly sweet.  But alas, I never got a picture. I wanted to share the recipe though.

Butternut Squash Bread
HUGE recipe - makes three loaves.
Adapted from this recipe here.  Printable for my version found here.

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 cup to one cup water, warm but not hot
2 tablespoons sugar
2-1/2 cups mashed cooked buttercup or butternut squash
2 cups 2% milk
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 teaspoons salt
13 cups all-purpose flour

In a very large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, squash, milk, brown sugar, butter, eggs and salt and about 6 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Turn onto a floured surface that has the remaining flour on it. Knead together until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.

This is what it looked like when I turned it out onto the counter. What a shaggy mess!
This is what it looked like after I kneaded, and kneaded, and kneaded.

Fold dough over on itself.  This will degas it effectively. Divide into three portions; shape into loaves. Place in three greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack.

After the first rise.

Then, I found a recipe for sweet potato bread and with a few baked potato leftovers, decided I needed to make it.  This recipe makes one loaf.  A lot less work because it can be done in the mixer but I have to say I liked the end product better.  I don't really like the hint of sweetness in the other one.  It's okay for breakfast but not for things like sandwiches.  This sweet potato one (pictured at top), I find more versatile.  You can interchange sweet potato and butternut squash in these recipes.

Sweet Potato Bread
Printable recipe can be found here.

1 C warm water
2 tablespoons of honey
1 T of yeast
1 C whole wheat flour
3 C bread flour
1 C pureed sweet potatoes
3/4 tsp. salt

Combine warm water, honey and yeast in the base of your mixer. Mix in the sweet potato. Add in the flour, 1 C at a time. Mix on speed 1 or 2 for 2-3 minutes until dough begins to solidify and becomes pliable and smooth.  Add additional flour as needed.  When dough is smooth, place in a bowl with a little bit of oil.  Swirl it around so there is a thin sheen of oil on top. This will prevent it from drying out as it rises.
Place the dough ball in a lightly greased bowl and cover.  Allow the dough to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.  Fold the dough over onto itself a few times and then shape the dough into a loaf.
Place the loaf in a lightly greased 9 x 5 bread pan.  Cover and allow the dough to rise again until it's one inch above the top of the bread pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until lightly browned and the bread reads 180F on a meat thermometer. Remove from the bread pan to cool and place on cooling rack. Wait to slice it until the bread is cooled.


suzybel56 said...

Happy New Year Lori! I'm going to try the sweet potato bread. Could I mix it in my breadmaker using the dough setting & bake it in the oven?

Lori said...

Happy New Year to you too! I am quite sure you could mix it in the breadmaker if it is a 1 1/2 pound size. I have never tried it that way but I am sure you could. After you take it out of the bread maker I would put it in a loaf pan and let it rise one more time. Then you will have a nice fluffy loaf- good for sandwiches.

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Yum, yum! I love bread and have never used sweet potatoes!