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Homemade Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Swirl

 Homemade Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Swirl

Indulge in the warm and comforting flavors of fall with this delightful homemade sweet potato bread. The addition of a cinnamon swirl takes this bread to the next level, creating a treat that's perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a cozy afternoon snack. Let's get baking and fill your kitchen with the enticing aroma of sweet potatoes and cinnamon!


For the Sweet Potato Bread:

- 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (about 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes)

- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

- 1/2 cup granulated sugar

- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

- 2 large eggs

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 2 cups all-purpose flour

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

- 1/2 cup buttermilk

For the Cinnamon Swirl:

- 1/4 cup granulated sugar

- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat the Oven:

   - Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

2. Prepare Sweet Potatoes:

   - Peel, cube, and boil the sweet potatoes until tender. Mash them with a fork or potato masher until smooth. Measure out 1 cup of mashed sweet potatoes.

3. Make the Cinnamon Swirl:

   - In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon. Set aside.

4. Prepare the Sweet Potato Batter:

   - In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Mix until well combined.

   - Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.

   - In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

   - Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

   - Fold in the mashed sweet potatoes until evenly distributed.

5. Assemble the Bread:

   - Pour half of the sweet potato batter into the prepared loaf pan.

   - Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the batter.

   - Add the remaining batter on top, and finish by sprinkling the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.

6. Swirl the Batter:

   - Use a knife or skewer to swirl the cinnamon sugar through the batter, creating a marbled effect.

7. Bake:

   - Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Cool and Slice:

   - Allow the sweet potato bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Tips for Perfect Sweet Potato Bread:

- Sweet Potato Preparation:

 Boil or roast the sweet potatoes until they are soft and mashable. This ensures a smooth texture in the bread.

- Cinnamon Swirl Technique: Use a gentle swirling motion with the knife to create a marbled effect without fully mixing the cinnamon sugar into the batter.

- Buttermilk Substitute:

 If you don't have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by mixing 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for a few minutes before using.

Enjoy the delightful aroma and taste of fall with each slice of this homemade sweet potato bread. Whether enjoyed with a cup of coffee in the morning or as an afternoon treat, this bread is sure to become a seasonal favorite.