Sweet Potato Bread

With whipped creamI love this time of year.  Cool crisp mornings,  the color of the autumn leaves in the sunshine, pumpkins,  sitting by the fire, football , hayrides, hot chocolate, the smell of cinnamon,  and nutmeg. 

With this weather it just made me want to make something that  would make the kitchen smell like fall. 

So that is the reason for the sweet potato bread.  At least one of the reasons, the other being that I have an abundance of sweet potatoes from the CSA that I have not used.  I pulled out half of them for the bread and will use the rest for a fall root roast. 

One year for Christmas a student brought me this bread all wrapped up real pretty for a gift.  Now for those of you that aren’t teachers you might not understand this.  Teachers  have to be real careful when it comes to eating food that students bring you from home.  You never know.  You could have made Suzie Q  real mad cause you called her mama for talking back to you or it just wasn’t fair that you sent her to the office because she was half dressed.    Needless to say I am wary of eating anything that I don’t see made right in front of me.  This little cute blonde I trusted her.  No really I knew her mama real well.  So here is the best sweet potato bread that has ever passed your lips.  I promise you.   Eat hot right out of the oven or freeze and eat later.  Whatever you choose you are going to love it!

Coming from the south I have grown up eating sweet potatoes.  Not sweet potato souffle.  I hate that.  Just plain sweet potatoes with butter and salt.  There is nothing better.  My grandparents grew these in their garden.  As a small child I watched my mother with her apron on putting sweet potatoes in a brown paper bag and pushing them in the oven.  I would help her peel them when they came out.  It was almost like peeling a banana.  I could not help myself from putting hot pieces in my mouth as we took the peelings off.  They were so good. 

You can do the same.  Create some childhood memories with your family.  Let them help you make this bread and maybe years from now they will be writing about how good it made them feel to be in the kitchen with you.

                                                                                              Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes ready to go in the oven.

Put in a paper bag on a baking sheet.

Put in a paper bag on a baking sheet.

You have to bake them in a brown bag.  Trust me.  It helps to make the sugars caramelize.  The taste is unbelievable.  Bake at 400 degrees F.  Bake until nice and soft for about 1 hr. and 20 minutes.  It will make your house smell so good.

Cooked Sweet PotatoesHere they are right out of the oven. Soft skins and ready to peel.

Cooked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes peeled and ready to whip.

Whipped potatoes

Whip hot potatoes with mixer.  Do not add a thing.  At this point you can refrigerate until you are ready to make the bread.  Bring to room temperature or heat in the microwave for a few minutes.

My Kitchenaide mixerCream 1 cup butter with 3 cups of sugar.  That’s alot isn’t it.  It will be allright. 

Creamed butter and sugar

 Creamed butter and sugar . Ready to add the eggs.

Adding eggs

Add 3 eggs one at a time.  Beat after each one.

Good Vanilla

Add 1 teaspoon of good vanilla.

DSCN0207 Add 2 cups of whipped sweet potatoes.


3 cups flour, 1 1/2 t salt, 1 t soda, 1 1/2 cinnamon, 1 t cloves, 1/2 t nutmet

Add Flour, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

At this point you can add nuts and/or raisins.  I added both.  About 1 cup chopped nuts and 1 cup of raisins.

Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Check with toothpick that comes out clean.  Cool for 10 min. before removing from pan.

Baked and ready to serve





I like this picture.  It looks lonely.  Ready for someone to eat. 

Here is the recipe;

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t soda
  • 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 t. cloves
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  •  raisins and pecans to taste

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs 1 at a time.  Add vanilla.  Add 2 cups of mashed sweet potatoes.  Add dry ingredients.  Stir in nuts and raisins.  Bake in a Bundt pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 min.  Check for doneness with a cake tester or toothpick that  comes out clean.

Happy Cooking, 

The Teacher Cooks



Filed under Bread, Cooking, easy, healthy, Recipes, Sweet Potato

27 responses to “Sweet Potato Bread

  1. Ana

    I’m craving some of this bread!

  2. Carly Hart

    This sweet potato bread looks delicious, I had no idea that you could make this from sweet potatoes. My family, along with myself, love sweet potatoes, so we may have to give this a try!

  3. Brittany Fullwood

    this looks good

  4. becca

    This looks so good. I absolutely love sweet potatoes!


  6. ariel smith

    these look so good*! i love sweet potatoes and this looks like a yummy treat*! (:

  7. Allie

    When we bake our sweet potatoes for our souffle we use aluminum foil to keep all the flavors in instead of paper bags. Does it have the same effect?

  8. Brooke Maryniak

    I never knew you could bake sweet potatoes in a bag to help them carmelize. I really don’t like sweet potatoes, but this sounds pretty good.

  9. imari daniels

    my aunt makes something similar to these but there not exacly the samething. but these look really good.

  10. Yesica Melchor

    This bread looks delicious! First time I hear of it and the baking in paper bags too..

  11. This looks really yummy!* (:
    I think im gonna make this for my family for thanksgiving!

  12. blakely

    i never knew you had to cook it in a brown paper bag.

  13. Hanna

    I never knew you could make that kind of bread! I’ve never heard of it!

  14. Parker

    I would have thought that the paper bags would have got set on fire in the oven.

  15. Ashley Maryniak

    I love sweet potatoes! This sounds like a great dish!

  16. So is this what they mean by “great minds”? I just baked a sweet potato cake with pecans and cranberries this morning! I’m probably not going to post on it until the holidays, but I’ll be sure to link to this post when I do. I love this cake!

  17. Jennifer Pham

    This sweet potato bread looks great. I just never liked sweet potatoes because of the color.

  18. Savannah Cole

    That looks delicious!! I’ve never eaten sweet potatos but i would love to try this bread 🙂

  19. taylor roddy

    looks great! i tried a sweet potato for the first time the other day and actually liked it alot. i bet i would enjoy this

  20. brandy adams

    i love sweet potatos they re so good…. i want to try some. I Bet I Would Like It!!!

  21. Elizabeth

    I’m not much of a potato bread kind of person, but this looks good.

  22. Erin

    I didn’t know you had to heat them up before you peeled them. But this seems perfect to have on Thanksgiving.

  23. Brittany F

    it looks very soothing

  24. Wow i always use to cook potatoes in foil not paper bags! (:
    Looks yummy!* (:

  25. evan

    This recipe looks so easy and delicious.I know that sweet potatoes are real good for you so this would be a good choice as a snack.

  26. Gloria

    How many sweet potatoes do you need to make 2 cups of mashed sweet potatoes?

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