Sweet Potato Pecan Bread
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Makes one loaf
Here is a recipe for sweet potato pecan bread that we baked this week that was included into our holiday cookie trays. You could make your version spicier by adding in cinnamon to the batter or serving it with a melted chocolate spread.
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup cooked sweet potato flesh (To bake sweet potatoes, I prick each with a fork in several places, cover them with foil, and bake at 400 degrees for about an hour)
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted,
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup whole pecans, toasted and chopped
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-1/2 by 4-1/2-by 2-1/2-inch loaf pan or two mini-loaf pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the sweet potato flesh, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until well combined. Add in the melted butter and mix on low speed until smooth. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Add in the vanilla.
  4. On low speed, add in some of the flour mixture, then some of the milk. Alternate adding in the remaining flour and milk. Continue to mix for about a minute and add in the nuts. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir through the batter once or twice with a wide rubber spatula.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan (or pans) and bake in the center of the oven for about an hour (less time for mini-loaf pans). A cake-tester (or toothpick) inserted into the center of the loaf should come out clean and dry.
  6. Let the bread cool in the pan for about ten minutes. Turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. This bread is particularly good served with cinnamon butter.
Recipe by Within The Wild at http://withinthewild.com/2011/12/sweet-potato-pecan-bread/