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Cranberry Nut Sweet Potato Bread

 Cranberry Nut Sweet Potato Bread
We grow plenty of sweet potatoes, so I try to use them in different ways. Slices of this bread, studded with dried cranberries and nuts, are especially tasty served with the citrusy cream cheese spread.
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • DOUGH:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cold mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts or almonds

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine orange juice and cranberries; bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until
  • cranberries are softened; drain. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese,
  • confectioners' sugar and lemon extract until smooth. Fold in

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Cranberry Nut Sweet Potato Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cranberry mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in egg and sweet potatoes. Combine the dry ingredients;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in cranberries and nuts.
  • Transfer to a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cover loosely with foil if the top browns too quickly.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve
  • with cream cheese spread. Yield: 1 loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 256 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 213 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.