Tuesday 15 May 2012

Sweet Potato Bread (Yeasted)

Do you ever stare at random ingredients and wonder what would happen if you tried to incorporate them into a recipe you've made before? Just me? Having unsucessfully attempted to find a (published) recipe that would use sweet potato as part of a yeasted loaf, I decided to create my own. This is bread, it isn't sweet - it's just that I used a sweet potato!

Yeasted Sweet Potato Bread
350g strong white bread flour
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1 smallish sweet potato (mine weighed 130g before peeling)
200-250ml warm water

- Peel the sweet potato and chop into little pieces. Microwave with a splash of water (or steam it) until tender.
- I was intending to mash the potato with a fork but it wasn't happy with this, so I blitzed it with about 100ml of the water until it formed a smooth puree using a handheld stick blender.
- Mix the flour, salt, yeast, sweet potato puree and remaining water in a large bowl. You want a fairly soft dough. Leave for a few minutes to start the process of the flour absorbing some of the water.
- Knead briefly. Leave for a while. I got distracted so don't know how long this was, maybe 30-45 minutes.
- Knead briefly again and leave again. The dough grew a lot!
- Knock back gently and then leave to relax again for about 10 minutes. Grease a 2lb loaf tin.
- Pat the dough out to a rectangle and roll up tightly. Squash it down into the tin, cover and leave to increase in size.
- I don't think mine took very long, perhaps 30 minutes or so, but it will depend on the temperature of your kitchen and so forth.
- Preheat the oven to gas 7/220C. Flour and slash the loaf. Bake for 8 minutes, turn the heat down to Gas 6/200C and bake for a further 25 minutes. Turn out of the tin, return to the oven upside down and allow the base of the loaf to brown for about 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack.

This has to be one of the softest, lightest white (well, pale orange really!) loaves I've ever made! The crust was never crunchy - I guess the sweet potato prevented this, and the crumb is superlight and supersoft. Although I can't taste the sweet potato in the final loaf (I wasn't really expecting to) the colour is definitely there - the bread is a beautiful shade of orange! I think this would be perfect for children - the bread is easy to make, and really soft and pleasing to eat. It wouldn't be my bread of choice all the time - I do really, really enjoy a chewy crunchy crust on my loaf, and a sturdier crumb, but this one does have a place in the repertoire of breads I've made.

I think it would make a perfect family loaf so I'm going to share this with Family Friendly Fridays, being hosted this month by Clare of The Vegetarian Experience and founded by Ren of Fabulicious Food.


Johanna GGG said...

I was excited at the thought and I can imagine how many non yeasted sweet potato bread your search would throw up - I find the same thing with a zucchini or banana bread - both of them are interesting in yeasted breads but so hard to find for all the quickbreads. This sounds lovely. I think there are a few pumpkin breads about and you could probably sub sweet potato for the pumpkin in those (I do this quite regularly in recipes)

Katie said...

Wow that looks fab and I love the orange hue the sweet potato has given it. I bet ti would taste fab with some nutella!

Unknown said...

Hi Caroline

I have entered your sweet Potato bread into the linky on my blog for you as I know you were having trouble. I think that this recipe looks fab - Thanks so much for entering Family Friendly Fridays!! Clare x

celia said...

Caroline, now you're making up your own bread recipes as well as cake ones? How fantastic this loaf looks - it's the first one I've ever seen for sweet potato bread too! :)

Caroline said...

Johanna - I hadn't really thought about searching for pumpkin/squash loaves. I bet there are plenty about. I also hadn't really considered courgettes or bananas in a yeasted loaf - an interesting proposition!

Katie - it's a pretty colour, a bit different from normal white bread!

Claire - thanks for entering it, I don't know why I couldn't get the linky to work!

Celia - it didn't take too much imagination to make this one up - there are many lovely challenging bread recipes I'd like to try! Thank you for your lovely comment!


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