For the first time since its inception, I was toying with skipping November’s Improv Challenge. My blog followers know that my household has been reduced to two picky palates and me. I make a yummy sweet potato casserole…with vanilla and a struesel topping…my dad calls it “candied.” But neither Bill nor Katie would ever touch it. Lambeau, the dog, is the sweet potato fan in our family…she gets raw chunks as rewards…and she will do anything for a slice.
Well, just in the nick of time, my friend, Lizzie, of Food and Thrift, posted a recipe for sweet potato bread. Chock full of the same spices I use in pumpkin bread, I thought it might work. I left out the nuts, raisins and even the chocolate chips that were Lizzie’s tweak plus added some honey to fulfill the challenge ingredients…and, wow, did this smell sensational. Lambeau was happy to eat all the potato peels and Katie even cracked a smile when I gave her a sniff of the still warm loaf.
Since this is a Cooking Light recipe, it isn’t loaded with oil like my pumpkin loaf…which has the fine texture and crumb of a cake. I don’t think this will ever usurp my children’s favorite, but it’s a lovely, healthier option.
Sweet Potato Bread…adapted from Cooking Light via Food and Thrift
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup peeled, then finely grated sweet potato
Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 5 x 9 inch loaf pan with Baker’s Joy (or butter then flour). I also line bottom of pan with a rectangle of parchment. Set aside.
Combine all dry ingredients and whisk to break up any lumps. Set aside.
Mix sour cream, sugar, honey and oil. Add eggs and mix till combined. Mix in sweet potato. Add dry ingredients and mix with a spoon till just moistened. Pour into loaf pan.
Bake for 25 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 325º and bake for 20 minutes or till toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing (if you can wait!).
Tip of the day: Spray your measuring cup with Pam before filling with sticky liquids like honey, molasses or corn syrup. The liquid will slide right out without clinging to the sides of the cup.
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