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Southern Sweet Potato Bread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


1 loaf

Updated: May. 14, 2022
Creamy orange spread delightfully dresses this moist quick bread. -North Caroline Sweet Potato Commission


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Add sweet potatoes, milk and orange zest; mix well. Combine flour, allspice and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture. Mix just until combined. Fold in nuts. Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  2. In a bowl, combine spread ingredients; beat until smooth. Serve with bread.
Editor's Note: 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt may be substituted for self-rising flour.

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