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Hearty Sweet Potato Braids Recipe
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Hearty Sweet Potato Braids Recipe

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We make these delicious and nutritious loaves every Christmas. Thyme gives the pretty braids a lovely flavor. For a change, I often use safflower oil in this recipe. –Suzanne Kesel of Cohocton, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed sweet potatoes, room temperature
  • 1 cup warm fat-free milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon cold fat-free milk

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 131 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 206 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sweet potatoes, milk, oil, honey, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, salt, thyme and 2 cups whole wheat flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining whole wheat flour to form a firm dough.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray; turn once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; divide into six equal portions. Shape each into a 20-in. rope. Place three ropes on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining ropes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 35 minutes.
  4. Brush loaves with cold milk. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Originally published as Hearty Sweet Potato Braids in Light & Tasty December/January 2007, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 131 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 206 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"I had a copy of this recipe that I just loved and lost it. I was devastated until I found it on here. I love the texture of this bread, it is very hearty (as the name states), and is also much healthier than a lot of other breads. If you do not like a hearty wheat bread, then you will probably not like this one, but I found it delicious and gorgeous to look at as well."

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"This bread did not taste good. It had a rye taste and it has not rye in it. The braids looked beautiful but unfortunately didn't taste anything like expected."

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