Sweet Potato Yeast Bread

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Apart from squashes, apples, and grapes, another wonderful produce to enjoy at this time of the year is the humble sweet potato. This tasty tuber is a great addition to your fall cooking and baking. The prices start coming down the closer we get to the holidays. I usually buy a few each week in place of regular potatoes and use them in main dishes, side dishes, salads, and desserts. I like them as a snack too, simply roasted and eaten with a dollop of butter.

Sweet potatoes are also great in quick breads and yeasted breads. They give a tender crumb and a nice golden color to the loaf. Last year, I made a quick bread – Sweet Potato Pecan Bread. This time round, I am going to share a yeasted bread recipe with you. I have made this loaf many times, usually minus the topping. I added some sliced almonds this time to give it a “festive” look.

If you love homemade breads but do not have the time to knead and baby-sit the rising and punching down of the dough, a bread machine is a worthwhile investment. Mine is more than 8 years old and it is still working well. I use it at least twice a week.

Now, let us get to the recipe…

Sweet Potato Yeast Bread

Prep Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

Sweet Potato Yeast Bread


  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 3 cups (450g) unbleached white bread flour
  • 2 tbsp oat bran
  • 8 oz (225g) cooked sweet potato, mashed
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp non-fat dry milk
  • 1½ tsp active dry yeast
  • Topping
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds


Pour water into the bread machine pan. Sprinkle flour and oat bran over liquid. Add sweet potatoes over flour. Add butter, sugar, salt, and non-fat dry milk in separate corners of the bread pan. Make a shallow indentation in the center and add yeast. Snap bread pan into machine and set it to basic setting. Press start.

Remove kneading paddle after final kneading**.

When rising cycle is almost complete, just before bread starts to bake, brush the top of loaf with a little water. Sprinkle sliced almonds over the top of the bread pressing the almonds down very gently with your palm.

When bread is ready, remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack.


**Removing the paddle prevents a big hole when you have to tear it out from the loaf at the end of the baking cycle.


Slice bread when it comes to room temperature. It is less crumbly and slices better when cooled.

Here are the other sweet potato recipes on this blog. Just click on the picture to get to the post.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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35 Responses

  1. wow perfect bread,love it…luks so soft n yum…

  2. Amelia says:

    Hi Biren, your sweet potato bread looks very soft & fluffy. Lovely color too. Have a nice day.

  3. Lovely bread! The sweet potatoes must have added the sweetness and moistness of the bread! I’ve just posted a bread recipe too! I can’t imagine what I would do without my bread machine, as I’m too lazy to knead by hand! You are right, it is a worthwhile investment, I had mine close to five years! :)

  4. I love sweet potato and this bread must be very soft and delicious with extra sliced almond added on top. Love it :)

  5. kristy says:

    Oooo… this is a quickie! And the texture looks great as well.
    thanks for sharing. Hope you’re enjoying your day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  6. Joanne says:

    I’ve made lots of pumpkin bread but feel like I’m leaving out my other favorite orange veggie. Need to try this!

  7. Jay says:

    omg…I am drooooooooooooling here..fantastic recipe…well presented…:)
    Tasty Appetite

  8. This bread looks absolutely wonderful! I would definitely have a few warm slices for breakfast right about now. Thanks for sharing! =]

  9. Your bread is gorgeous. I have a bread machine sitting on my counter but don’t use it near as much as I should and I don’t know why. This may be a good place to change that! It really is a gorgeous color…I love that the sweet potato add that.

  10. Such a naturally sweet lovely loaf

  11. i love potato bread but haven’t made any yet. Now that you’ve showed us how,(well I gotta buy that bread maker first huh?) i think i’m going to change that. Love the way you topped it with almonds, it makes it extra special.
    have a wonderful week,

  12. Jeannie says:

    The bread machine is indeed a good kitchen helper…unfortunately mine broke down a couple of years ago and I didn’t bother to get a new one. Just use the stand mixer to do the kneading for me. I love making sweet potato bread too cos I love the texture:) Yours looks so fluffy and soft!

  13. This bread is perfect because I have a bread machine collecting dust! I will dust it off and give this recipe a go. : )

  14. This sweet potato bread has a great texture! Looks superb!

  15. Mmmmm.. that’s one gorgeous loaf of sweet potato bread. I love how fluffy it looks.

  16. Liz says:

    My gosh, your bread looks fantastic! Perfectly formed loaves…and I’m sure quite delicious!

  17. PolaM says:

    I once made regular potato bread and it was deliciously soft. I can only imagine how good the sweet potato one would be!

  18. Hyosun Ro says:

    What a beautifully baked loaf of bread! I like the sweet potato addition. Time for me to get the dust off of my bread machine!

  19. tigerfish says:

    You brought me much consolation with sweet potato. At least one fall ingredient (produce) I could handle during food prep. Easier to cut a sweet potato than a pumpkin! :O

  20. This bread looks great! I’ve never thought to make a sweet potato bread, but I will have to try.

  21. I actually have a bread machine…in a kitchen pantry somewhere in the back shelf… I’ve never tried sweet potato bread before and from the picture we can tell it’s nice and soft inside… must be a little sweet? Looks fabulous! I have a bread flower too. I should take out the machine soon.

  22. Julie M. says:

    I love that beautiful picture of you up on the blog now. It’s so good to “see” you! I love bread in all shapes and forms and your loaf is no exception. I can only imagine that the potatoes add a wonderful flavor and a bit of health to every bite!

    • Biren says:

      Aww…thanks Julie! My 2nd Blogiversary coming up soon and I felt it is time to have a new profile picture. Glad to hear you like it. :)

      This sweet potato bread is very tender and I make it whenever I have some sweet potatoes on hand.

  23. Your bread machine bread turned out perfect! Love your new profile photo.

  24. Parsley Sage says:

    Your bread turned out beautifully! It looks delicious :) I don’t believe I’ve ever had sweet potato bread. Sounds awesome! So does your breadmaker…WANT!

  25. This looks really good, I love the texture and color. Can’t wait to try it. I love that you use your bread machine too.

    BTW I love your new photo…so good to see you!

    • Biren says:

      Thanks Lyndsey! I can’t believe that it is almost two years since I started this blog. It is time for a new profile picture. :)

  26. Cheah says:

    Your sweet potato bread looks delicious especially with the alomond decor. I too use the breadmachine to make loaves and this machine comes in very handy.

  27. rebecca says:

    this looks amazing thanks for the kind comment the tweeting blogging keeps me sane he he love chatting with folks in the day have had a bit of cabin fever as not as easy getting out with two :-)

  28. anh says:

    Such a golden looking bread! Lovely.

  29. OK-you sold me on this wonderful and healthy bread. It’s time to dig out my bread machine from the back shelf, and crank it up!
    Beautiful, healthy, and yummy bread…PERFECT!!!

  30. Wow!! This is the first time I’ve ever been tempted to get a bread machine haha! The loaf is just perfect and the scattering of almonds on top is so pretty!

  31. Shelli says:

    This looks delicious but the directions call for adding the honey but I don’t see honey in the list of ingredients.

    • Biren says:

      Hi Shelli! So sorry about the typo. I cut and paste part of the instruction from another one of my bread recipes and somehow missed taking out the honey. This bread has no honey in it. I have corrected the error. Thanks for pointing it out.

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