Spiced Sweet Potato Loaf Recipe

This sweet tasting bread pairs nicely with Earl Grey tea or sweet sherry.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp each baking powder and baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp each ground ginger, nutmeg and salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup mashed, boiled, peeled sweet potatoes

1/2 cup pecan halves
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp butter, melted


Step 1: Preheat oven to 325°F. Blend flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl.

Step 2: In another bowl, cream the butter with the sugar using a wooden spoon; whisk in the eggs until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and sweet potatoes.

Step 3: Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the potato mixture. Stir until just combined. Transfer batter to a buttered 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.


Step 1: Blend sugar with nuts, flour and cinnamon. Drizzle with melted butter and toss with a fork to combine. Sprinkle evenly over batter.

Step 2: Bake loaf for 60-65 minutes or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a rack.

Makes 1 loaf