A couple of weeks ago I was out shopping and found a collection of old handwritten recipe cards in a thrift store. I am thinking about using them for some kind of kitchen decor but first I wanted to try to make some of the recipes. The one that caught my eye last night was the sweet potato loaf. I had a couple of sweet potatoes I needed to use up so I opted to give it a try. I made a few minor alterations to the recipe to suit our own preferences and it turned out fabulous.
The original sweet potato loaf recipe calls for using leftover mashed sweet potatoes which I didn’t have on hand so I had to make mashed sweet potatoes first. It doesn’t take long to make mashed sweet potatoes. Boil them at a rolling boil for about 15 – 20 minutes (you should be able to easily mash them with the back of a spoon), drain the water and mash them together with a little bit of milk until creamy. I made the mashed sweet potatoes while I straightened the kitchen and gathered the rest of the ingredients and tools I needed to make the loaf. By the time I was ready to start baking the mashed sweet potatoes were ready too.
When it comes to the icing on this loaf you have a lot of options. You can leave it off completely if you’d like or try different combinations of icing until you find your favorite. A few suggestions – chocolate glaze, confectioner’s sugar glaze, pecan butter icing, cinnamon icing. I intended to make a pecan butter glaze for my sweet potato loaf but realized at the last minute that I was out of pecans.
I opted to make a cinnamon icing to pair with the spices I put in the loaf but the icing I shared with my apple fritter loaf is another great (and easy) choice. I almost always ice my loaves because I treat them like desserts but you can omit it completely if you just want a slice of spiced bread.
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup sweet potatoes, mashed
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1-2 tbsp milk or heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, apple pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars, and vanilla until fluffy using your stand mixer.
- Add mashed sweet potatoes and blend until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
- Slowly add flour mixture and blend just until combined.
- Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake 60 - 75 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool (about 15 minutes)
- While the loaf is cooling, combine powdered sugar, cinnamon, and heavy cream in a small bowl stirring until well-blended.
- Remove the cooled loaf from the pan and drizzle with icing.
- For variations consider adding walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips, or raisins to the loaf batter prior to baking.
If you make it, I’d love to hear what you think of it and don’t forget to pin it to your recipe boards!