Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Sweet Potato and Green Apple Bread

The bread turned out OK. Not spectacular in texture, but good-tasting. It looks pretty, though, doesn't it with its orange-y color. The main problem with this loaf is likely baker-error (mine!). I added too much sweet potato and didn't cut the water to compensate, which probably caused the bread to fall a bit during baking and resulted in a too-moist, heavy loaf. I'm going to try this one again since I still have one more sweet potato to use. Next time I'll measure the potato and apple more carefully and leave off those 2 extra tablespoons of water. I'll also add vital wheat gluten (1-2 tsp per 3 cups of flour) which helps bread to rise better. I usually add VWG when making the recipes in this book but I was in a hurry to get to the dogpark (or, more correctly, the dogs were in a hurry and underfoot) and so I was distracted and forgot.

The recipe is from The Best Low-Fat, No-Sugar Bread Machine Cookbook Ever (Madge Rosenberg). I like all of the recipes I've tried and the healthier (low-fat, no-sugar) aspect is a nice bonus, especially after the holidays. It's great to be able to add a flavorful bread to a meal without adding an additional 500 calories. Between the soup and a slice of this bread, we were all quite stuffed after dinner.

From the book:

Sweet Potato and Green Apple Bread

This bright sandwich bread packs in the vitamins. Fill slices with assertive vegetables like thinly sliced radishes or radish sprouts, slivered turnips, scallions, or arugula. Spicy chicken or tuna salad go well, too.

(Large Loaf 1-1/2 lbs)

1-1/2 tsp dry yeast
3 C bread flour
3/4 C yellow cornmeal
3/4 C mashed sweet potato
1/3 C chopped green apple, including peel (I used McIntosh cuz that's what I had)
1/2 tsp salt
1 C plus 2 tbl water

(Small Loaf 1 lb)

1 tsp dry yeast
2 C bread flour
1/2 C yellow cornmeal
1/2 C mashed sweet potato
1/4 C chopped green apple, including peel
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 C water

Add all ingredients in the order suggested by your bread machine manual and process on the basic bread cycle according to he manufacturer's directions.

Per (1-oz) serving: 90 calories, .4 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4% calories from fat

If you try this, let me know how yours turns out.


  1. Oh no, a bread machine cookbook that I don't have! So, much for my, buy less cookbooks resolution!

  2. Mmmm...looks very tasty! Yeah, the 1 cup+2 TB water seems a bit much liquid for 3 cups flour. Add in the moisture from the sweet potatoes and apples and it seems like it would be a dense, moist loaf. Have you tried it yet with "white" whole wheat flour? Toasting and fruity breads are great with it.

  3. I have some mashed sweet potatoes in my fridge. This looks like a good one to try!

  4. Woman. Where's the soup piccie?? :D

    Doya know I don't own a bread machine? Oh, the horrors!! I was hoping someone would mindread and get me one for Christmas, but I should be so lucky, I suppose.

    And my thighs really DO love their bread.

  5. looks yummy!

    I love making bread, even though I haven't done so in quite a while.

    I've added the book to my seemingly never ending wish list.

    I'm gonna try the recipe my next weekend off.

  6. Nearly a month later, I did indeed try this. I transferred mine to a loaf pan, and it came out well, although not as brightly colored as yours. I wrote about it today, if you want to see my picture, and, of course, credited you for inspiration.


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