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Sweet Potato Loaf

I enjoy making this bread because it lets me use sweet potatoes in something besides pie. I found the recipe in an old Southern cookbook, but changed a few things. The orange juice in the glaze adds a nice citrus flavor to the loves. —Ann Jovanovic Chicago, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Whisk together the sweet potatoes, eggs and oil. Add sugar; whisk until smooth. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in walnuts and raisins (batter will be thick). Transfer to two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 ° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  • Meanwhile, for glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, orange zest and enough orange juice to achieve desired consistency. Spread over warm loaves; sprinkle with walnuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 279 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Cindy
    Apr 19, 2020

    Oh my goodness! This is THE BEST! The two loaves only made it a couple days in our house (there are only 3 of us here LOL)! The orange glaze made it off-the-charts fabulous! Definitely making this again.

  • djkirkland
    Oct 2, 2012

    I was looking for a special nut-bread, dessert-type for a women's group. This was very similar to one of my favorites: persimmon pudding. This dessert bread took raves with the group.

  • chocoloco
    Dec 10, 2010

    I used the glaze for another sweet potato bread recipe and the glaze made such a difference! I got a lot of compliments!

  • anonymous
    Jan 6, 2008

    Wonderfully delicious! So, so moist, flavorful and just plain good! I served other desserts for Thanksgiving, but this bread was gone first.