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Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls Recipe

Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls Recipe

Mashed sweet potatoes add a hint of color and flavor to these home-baked dinner rolls. The tempting golden knots have a tender texture as well as a lovely look from a sprinkling of sesame seeds. —Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:30 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm fat-free milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup cold mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add 1 teaspoon sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes, egg yolks, butter, salt, remaining sugar and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 30 balls. Roll each ball into a 10-in. rope; tie each rope into a loose knot. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. In a small bowl, beat egg whites and cold water; brush over rolls. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 92 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.

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oliviag22 User ID: 4990310 65932
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"I made these for a large family gathering. Instead of making the dough into twists, I made fifteen rolls out of it. They were beautiful to look at, soft, slightly sweet and delicious. I didn't brush them with the egg whites or use the sesame seeds, but buttered the tops when they came out of the oven. I will definitely make them again and so will members of my family."

bevcurtis User ID: 2222168 65931
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"I didn't think the sweet potato added much of anything to this bread... the rolls come out pretty but are a bit dry"

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