Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sweet potato and chocolate swirl bread


When the colder weather arrives, I tend to bake a lot more frequently. I found a can of sweet potato puree from last year lingering in the back of the cupboard recently and decided that I needed to use it immediately in some baked treat. Does this ever happen to you? You just all of the sudden get an uncontrollable urge to bake something? Maybe it's a food nerd thing... I was also in the mood for something chocolaty, which is how this sweet potato and chocolate swirl bread came to be. I used my chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe as a starting point for this bread and was not disappointed in the results.

So if you are looking for a fall treat that's a change up from pumpkin and apple, give this sweet potato bread a try (and then go back to making pumpkin and apple things, because they are awesome). This recipe will make one 9-inch loaf of quick bread. 


Sweet potato and chocolate swirl bread
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sweet potato puree
1 large egg
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through ginger) until combined. In another medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar through egg until well combined. The stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. 

Transfer half of the batter back into the bowl the dry ingredients came from and set aside. In the other bowl, stir in the cocoa powder and chocolate chips until combined. 

Pour half of the chocolate batter into the pan and spread it with a spatula. Top with half the the sweet potato batter, followed by the remaining chocolate batter, and then remaining sweet potato batter. Then, using a chopstick or rubber spatula, insert it into one end of the loaf pan to the bottom and swirl batter up and down lengthwise and then crosswise.

Bake the bread for approximately 45-55 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


What was I cooking one year ago?: apple and pork macaroni and cheese
Two years ago?: apple crisp pie

20 comments:

  1. This quickbread looks so good! I love the idea of using sweet potato puree instead of pumpkin to mix it up.

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  2. Oh, beautiful! I love a swirl bread and this flavor combination sounds SO good. YUM!

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  3. This sounds wonderful, I think my family would love it!

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  4. sounds amazing! I love swirl breads :)

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  5. I love sweet potato but have never made a bread with it. This is a fabulous idea! And that chocolate swirl, yummo!

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  6. Sweet Potatoes might be my favorite thing to bake with in the fall. Love them! This bread sounds so good!

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  7. Add me to the list of those who've never tried sweet potato bread before. It's not fall here but I think I must have a bite of this.

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  8. I've made sweet potato bread, but adding a chocolate swirl makes it even better!

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  9. I've always loved the look of swirl breads but have never made one. Sweet potato and chocolate sounds pretty awesome to me!

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  10. Now this is a different combination for a sweet potato bread. I bet the chocolate pairs well with the sweet potato flavor.

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  11. This swirl bread looks craaaazy delicious!! Love the chocolate in there!

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  12. Love the idea of sweet potato in bread, lovely colours too!

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  13. YES, lots of time I just feel the urge to bake! Normally I end up baking cookies. I can give those away in a heart beat. I can understand finding something lurking in your pantry like a treasure and being inspired. What a wonderful bread you came up with. The swirling makes it festive and pushes it over into the special column.

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  14. I like the idea of using sweet potato in this quick bread.

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  15. I like to bake more this time of year as well. What a great looking quick bread, love the combination.

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  16. What a fun and interesting idea. I love sweet potatoes and they are so healthy for you. I bet this bread is super moist and delicious.

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  17. Great job my friend!!!
    sure i like to starting my day with your sweet potato swirl bread...

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  18. I couldn't agree more, Amy. Baking is so much more fun when it's cold outside.
    The sweet potato bread looks fantastic and I love the autumn touch ingredients.

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  19. This looks delicious! That happens to me all the time when I find random ingredients in the back of the cupboard :)

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  20. i'm with ya! i love the idea of a sweet potato bread. will have to try this out! :)

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