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Sweet Potato Bread

We raise and sell sweet potatoes on our farm in the lower part of Texas panhandle. Years ago, a customer shared his wife's sweet potato bread recipe with me. It's been a family favorite ever since. —Joan Helms, Quitaque, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, optional


  • In a bowl, combine sugar, eggs, sweet potatoes and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, allspice cinnamon, salt and baking soda; stir into potato mixture. Fold in nuts if desired. Pour into two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until bread tests done. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 145 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Tabletophomestead
    Oct 29, 2020

    Batter was quite thick. I thinned it with some buttermilk. This bread is dense and sweet. My husband pronounced it “As good as it gets.”

  • CaroleeHen
    Dec 6, 2015

    Everyone said it needed more flavor.

  • MassachusettsMama
    Dec 15, 2014

    This bread was tasty, but I had some issues with it. I followed the recipe to the letter. When it came out of the oven, it smelled heavenly! I let it bake for the required hour, but when we cut into it, the very top was raw and doughy, and the outside was extremely dry. This batter definitely needs more liquid. I would recommend adding either a cup of oil, or 1/2 and 1/2 oil and applesauce. And that's exactly what I'm going to do when I try it again tomorrow! Stay tuned!!!Update 02/03/15: As promised, I made this bread again, but added 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup of applesauce. It was a WHOLE different bread!! It baked perfectly, and every single bite was moist and perfect. I'm about to make another batch today...even my picky daughter loved it the second time!

  • rduckworth
    Oct 26, 2013

    I found this recipe and gave it to my sister who was looking for a different recipe for our fall festival. I must say that it is the best bread ever. I highly recommend it.

  • tobinhouse
    Dec 30, 2011

    This is a wonderful bread. The top of this bread turns out as if you sprinkled sugar on top. awesome!!

  • bakingwiththebean
    Nov 24, 2008

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