Sweet Potato Bread with Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter

My mother is one of the best bread bakers I know.

She can whip out two light-as-air loaves of honey wheat on her lunch break.

Her dinner rolls are pretty much world famous. (Or at least famous in the little town of Sugar Grove).

Me on the other hand? Bread baking is still an evolving art. The majority of the time my creations end of flat, dense, and take about 5 minutes to chew and swallow. I’ve even been known to utterly destroy a batch of frozen dinner rolls. Frozen. Rolls.

However, this bread was a sign that all hope is not lost!! It just happened to be one of the best loaves that I think has ever come out of my oven. And it’s perfect for fall – slightly sweetened with sweat potato and a little bit of cinnamon, it’s made even more amazing with a little pat of orange cinnamon honey butter.

I found this recipe on a fabulous new blog that I found called Lauren’s Latest. She has some really wonderful recipes, and best of all? She’s local to Portland! Awesome!

Sweet Potato Bread with Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter

from Lauren’s Latest

For the Bread:

1 cup of warm water

2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast

1/4 cup+1 tsp. white sugar

2/3 cup mashed sweet potato

1 egg

1/4 cup melted butter

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

3 1/2-4 cups bread flour

1. In a large bowl, combine the yeast, 1 tsp. sugar, and warm water. Let the yeast sit for about 5 minutes to ‘proof’ (the top should be slightly foamy). Add the rest of the sugar, mashed sweet potato, egg, and melted butter. Turn the mixer on low and incorporate the salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until combined.

2. Add in the flour in 1/2 cup increments until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Sprinkle the countertop with flour, remove the dough from the bowl, and knead by hand for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

3. Place dough into a large, greased bowl. Turn once so dough is coated. Cover and placed into a warm, dry place to rise for 1 hour.

4. After an hour, the dough should have doubled in size. Remove from the bowl, punch the dough down, and divide between two regular sized loaf pans. Cover and let them rise for another hour. (Yes….bread making is a process).

5. Now you’re ready to bake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the loaves for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and let cool before removing them from the pan.

Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter

6 Tbsp. butter, slightly softened

4 Tbsp. honey

1/2 orange, zested

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients and mix until smooth. Spread on a thick slice of freshly baked bread an enjoy!!

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Comments

  1. Millie Nettles says:

    Today I made 7 loaves by doubling the recipe. Our family ate two loaves and we shared the rest with neighbors. Absolutely scrumptious!! Thank you so much for the recipe!!

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