Monday, September 13, 2010

Sweet Potato Bread:

1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup palm sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups grated sweet potato - I like Bauregards, they're sweet, flavorful, and have a deep orange color

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a 9"x5" loaf pan. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flours, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and palm sugar. Mix in maple syrup. It's okay if the batter looks a little curdled at this point, it will smooth out. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing for about 30 seconds with each addition.

Add vanilla. Stir in grated sweet potato. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. If the loaf looks like it is browning too quickly, place a foil tent over it.