My Sister's Sweet Potato Bread

"This is my sister Barb's recipe. It is the first thing I ever made for my husband when we first met and he flipped over it. He ate a whole loaf driving home from my house!"
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photo by Andrew Purcell photo by Andrew Purcell
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins
2 Standard Loaves




  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil, egg, sweet potatoes and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients (except walnuts) together well and add to wet ingredients.
  • Stir until just combined.
  • Fold in walnuts.
  • Pour into 2 standard loaf pans.
  • Bake for 75 minutes or until thin knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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  1. Hadice
    Perfectly moist with just the right amount of sweetness. I left out the walnuts (personal preference) and added pecans to one loaf. A little too strong on the cloves so I will cut down next time. Baked beautifully, nice and dense. DH nearly ate an entire loaf in one day! This will be the perfect bread for holiday gift giving.
  2. Chef Julianne
    I've made this recipe a couple times as muffins--and it's awesome! Great flavor and texture. Unlike most muffins, they're good even a few days later--moist, but not too moist! I used liner papers and drizzled them with a simple powdered sugar frosting. I called them "marry me" muffins because of the story and folks loved them!
  3. Osamu
    Very good. Halved the recipe using 2 eggs instead of 3 and canola oil, but otherwise made it as directed. Very soft, fluffy and delicious!
  4. hippeastrum
    Pretty good bread, but everyone told me I put too much cloves. Maybe I'll lower it by just a tad, but otherwise good bread. I also used half splenda and half applesauce for the oil. Thanks!
  5. ewflvr1
    Barb is my new She-ro! I just baked and tried it. Delicious and was sooo very easy! (I'm going to try it with my over ripened bananas also because this turned out better than that 'bread' recipe I've been using since dirt was made). Since it called for baking powder and soda, I went ahead and used self-rising flour like I do in most / sich instances. Since I was in a rush, I baked in 11x14 pan and baked at 350 for about 35-40 mins. It was so soft and moist that it cracked in several spots when I turned it over to put in the cake carrier/saver. I'm not big on frosting, glazes, streusels (too sweet to me) but other folks in this house are. So I whipped up cream cheese, butter, vanilla and a dash of milk to 'glaze' it. I wolfed it down, glaze and all! Try it, you WILL like it! Thanks for sharing!
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  1. Raichka
    I've made this a couple of times and loved it. I can't believe I forgot to review it! I haven't tried it with walnuts but have added raisins instead. It is fabulous with a little cream cheese.
  2. ewflvr1
    I forgot to mention helpful hint: I used a 29 oz can of yams. Drained and mashed, it came to a wee bit over 2 cups. I of course used it all ??.
  3. sumo433
    Fantastic bread! I cut the cloves to 1/2tsp, used pecans instead of walnuts and added a cup of dried cranberries. Delicious. Sweet, but not too sweet. A big hit.
  4. Osamu
    Very good. Halved the recipe using 2 eggs instead of 3 and canola oil, but otherwise made it as directed. Very soft, fluffy and delicious!
  5. officemaintenance
    This bread is so good.I've never made sweet potato bread before and I wasn't sure if I would like it.I think it's just as good if not better than pumpkin bread.I did use applesauce in place of half the oil and I added some frozen cranberries which made it even more delicious! I only added half the amount of cloves and ginger and added a little nutmeg.It was the perfect amount of spices for me.I will be making this again soon!


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