Friday, December 3, 2010

Sweet Potato Redux

Thanksgiving leftovers are the best, but I do tire of turkey sandwiches and reheated stuffing.  Many of the remaining dishes from your Thanksgiving meal can be turned into something more inventive, however.

Take sweet potatoes, for example...I made mashed sweet potatoes with chipotle peppers this year.  I got some of my best compliments ever, but I still had some left after the meal.  If you also have leftover diced sweet potatoes you could make them into soup or a hash with turkey and brussel sprouts.  Now, if your sweet potatoes are mashed they can become some delicious bread...

Sweet Potato Bread
Makes 2 loaves

2 cups sugar
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 eggs
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, orange juice, oil, applesauce, eggs, sweet potatoes, and mix well.

Add dry ingredients and stir to combine.  

Mix in pecans.

Divide batter between 2 well-greased loaf pans, or one large and two mini-loaf pans, like I did.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.  Cool to room temperature in pans.

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