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Southern Sweet Potato Bread

Creamy orange spread delightfully dresses this moist quick bread. -North Caroline Sweet Potato Commission
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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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  • barronb50
    Feb 9, 2019

    I normally look for Taste of Home recipes, because I've been so pleased with so many of them. As a sweet potato lover, I decided I couldn't go wrong with this sweet potato bread recipe from Taste of Home. Oh, how wrong I was! This is one of the worst things I've ever made in my 72 years of life. Even my husband, who is kind enough to eat just about anything I put before him, said he didn't like it. How could anyone actually rate it five stars???

  • mdbull4
    Oct 23, 2013

    Delicious! We tried it with a pineapple butter :) I have not tried the orange spread topping. But it's good as it is! For the mashed sweet potatoes I used instant both times I made this bread.

  • sgronholz
    Mar 27, 2013

    Our very favorite bread recipe using sweet potatoes! (And the orange spread is wonderful too!)