Sweet Potato Rolls

It has been so great being able to bake while on vacation, especially since I have such willing taste-testers (thanks Mom and Dad!). Since sweet potatoes are absolutely everywhere here, it seemed like the perfect time and place to try incorporating them into dinner rolls, which I’ve been meaning to do for years.

These are soft and slightly sweet, with a pretty golden color that makes them seem a lot more buttery than they actually are. They’re really simple since they hardly need any kneading and they don’t rise for very long. I think I’ll definitely want to make this recipe again when Thanksgiving rolls around!

Recipe:
(adapted from Allrecipes)

2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 small sweet potato, peeled, roasted, and mashed (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup warm water (about 100 F)
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3-4 cups all-purpose flour

Measure half a cup of the mashed sweet potatoes for this recipe. Set aside.

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let stand 5 minutes.

Cream the butter and remaining sugar in a large bowl. Stir in the sweet potato, eggs, and salt, then stir in the yeast mixture. Gradually add the flour about 1 cup at a time, stopping when the dough is soft but no longer sticky. Gently shape into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a large, greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and let rise for about an hour and a half, or until nearly doubled in size. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 16 pieces. Roll each into a ball, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet about 1″ apart. Cover with a clean towel and let rest for about 15 minutes. While they’re resting, preheat the oven to 375.

Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until golden brown on top.

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6 Responses to “Sweet Potato Rolls”


  1. 1 branny August 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Experiences like these make me appreciate the internet so much. 20 years ago you’d probably not be able to cook to the extent that you did on this trip since you obviously wouldn’t be lugging your favorite cookbooks across the earth!

  2. 2 joudie's Mood Food August 10, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Hi Cate, thanks for stopping by to see me on my blog. These sweet potao rolls look s gorgeous. They are my favourite root vegetable. Simply cant get enough of them and now you have shown me a new way to eat them…. Lovely!

  3. 3 Plain Chicken August 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    YUM – these look great.

  4. 4 Bubbly_Bunny September 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I came across your blog through tastespotting.com. I tried your sweet potato rolls tonight. I’ve never baked bread before and my rolls turned out really well! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Now I’m totally inspired to bake more bread at home!! 🙂

  5. 5 Danielle December 15, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Well better late than never! I plan to make these for my contribution to our family Christmas Eve dinner. I haven’t had a lot of luck with yeast, so I’m hoping this recipe turns out better!


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