Ok, time to start putting up recipes suitable for the upcoming Thanksgiving (in the states) and Christmas season. Seems to me that if we bloggers wait till like a week or 2 before the holidays hit to start posting the fun stuff, you readers (and other bloggers) won’t have time to use any of them because if you’re anything like me, you start perusing cookbooks, web sites and blogs for good holiday recipes in like… ohhhhhhh… July. 😛
I absolutely adore holiday cooking! I mean, I love it! My hips? Not so much. But oh well. I’ll do what I do with other things. I’ll make it, enjoy watching others eat the things I cook and only have a little bit myself. But seriously, I have mentioned before that I love this time of year. Not just because I enjoy cooler weather, which I do, or love the coziness of shorter days and longer nights, which I also do, but because I love the foods. Especially the ones traditionally served from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. Cookies (omg, I make a TON every year. It’s a tradition I started when my 3 oldest were young because I didn’t have the money to buy them gifts but I had food and it has never stopped… mainly because my kids would kill me if I tried to stop.), candies (FUDGE!!), desserts of other kinds (I could happily live on my recipe for Pecan Pie – that is, until I went into a coma from too much sugar and died), Turkey, ham, stuffing (do you call it stuffing or dressing?) and various biscuits, scones, muffins and quick breads.
Lord, I think I just gained five pounds from just writing that paragraph above. Plus, my keyboard is covered in drool, darn it.
Moving on… (hehehe…. I wonder now how many times I’ve used that phrase since I started the blog?), where was I? Oh yeah, quick breads. I have always thought that they were called quick breads not because of the ease of prep, though they ARE easy, but because of how quickly they get eaten 😛 . I swear, if I want any when I make them, especially this one, I have to hide a slice… or twelve.
I love sweet potato casserole. Yes, I even love the kind covered in 14,000 mini marshmallows; the one responsible for the 33 million cavities gotten by children during the holidays. I could eat it until it is coming out of my ears.Â So when I saw a recipe years ago on food.com for Sweet Potato bread, I had to try it. And it was good. Really really good. But it needed something. If only because I am genetically incapable of leaving a recipe alone. So I played with it. A lot. Until it really no longer resembles the original recipe. I”M SORRY! I’M A HORRIBLE PERSON WHO CHANGES RECIPES!! I NEED REHAB!!!
Ahem. Moving on. This has become a sweet potato casserole pineapple bread. I always put pineapples in my sweet potato casserole and decided to try it in the bread. it worked quite well. It adds a nice subtle tartness that goes oh so well with the dense sweetness of the bread. So give this a try. It is fairly quickly made (though a bit more involved than your normal quick bread) and it’s delicious. Sweet, moist, a fairly dense bread yet still light, with a nice crispy crust.
Sweet Potato Casserole Bread With Pineapple
- 29 ounce can sweet potatoes, well drained
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup well drained crushed pineapple
- 3 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional. Sorry bout that Ann. Don’t know how I forgot it in the ingredients at first.)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.
- In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the sweet potatoes, brown sugar, heavy cream and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted. Use a potato masher to mash the sweet potatoes well, then continue cooking over low heat until the mixture is thickened and the cream has evaporated, about ten minutes. Set aside and let cool.
- As that cools, in a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, pineapple and extracts. Beat well. When cooled, add in the sweet potato mixture and beat well.
- In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices.
- Combine this with the wet ingredients. Mix JUST until combined. never over mix quick bread or muffin batters. You’ll end up with tough tunnely (yes that too is now a word cause I said so) bread.
- Bake at 325 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; about 70 to 80 minutes.
- Let cool in pan on wire rack for five minutes then turn out onto the rack to finish cooling.
Janet – this is AWESOME! I had to read the recipe twice to confirm it didn’t have any cinnamon! Yay! I love the idea of pineapple in the bread….I’m SO buzzing this one! Nicely done!
Oh crap!!! It actually DOES have cinnamon in it Ann. Not sure how I forgot to put that in. BUT… I have made this recipe so many times now that I can tell you that it could be taken out with NO problem at all. The other spices add such a nice sweet flavor to it, you don’t NEED the cinnamon at all. So please… I hope you’ll still make it and let me know what you think of it my friend.
Oh, this looks FABULOUS….it’s like combining pumpkin bread with carrot cake (yeah, I know it’s neither :)). YUM! Perfect for the Thanksgiving table…my kids won’t eat sweet potatoes, but they’d eat this bread!
Liz, I kinda like your description of it. That works for me! And yeah, my kids aren’t too hot on sweet potatoes either nor my husband, but they are all happy when I make this 😀
Whoa, this is some seriously awesome bread! What a unique take! I gotta try this for sure.
So far, the only way I like sweet potatoes. Go figure.
Colleen, I hope you like it! It’s pretty yummy if I do say so myself 😛
Russ… key words; so far. Give me time darlin’, give me time 🙂 <3
I couldn’t agree more! I love holiday cooking as well. I am planning to do most of my christmas baking posts in November giving time for people to peruse the options and time to back. Sometimes it seems early but people need time to do it, myself included. This bread looks really tasty BTW! Nice post. buzzed!
Hey Steve 🙂 Yeah, I saw where you are starting cookie posts in November. I’m looking forward to that!
Erin, if you figure out the will power thing, send me detailed directions OK? 😛
What a great idea of a bread! Looks amazing! I love this time of year and all the cookies and other things out there. I need to figure out some will power this year!
I love sweet potato casserole with all the mini marshmallows lol. I swear it’s the one thing I always want but sadly no one else does. 🙁 This quick bread sounds so good and I totally love the addition of pineapple. YUM!
Susie, same here! But I make it anyway! I figure once or twice a year I can make something that no one else likes ya know? More for me 🙂
Thanks Steph! And yeah, the pineapple is what makes this bread. 🙂
Sweet potato casserole in bread form! Great idea, Janet! It looks so yummy and I love the pineapple too!
Mmm, mmm, good! Looks super yummy and to heck with the waistline.
Pineapples and sweet potatoes and all those spices must taste heavenly!
Now this looks good, I love spicy breads..
Sweet potatoes and pineapple all combined in a lovely loaf bread-you really have a winner here! I see that this makes two loaves-smart because I am sure one loaf would not last long. Great post.
I love sweet potatoes so this ranks high on my yummy list. I also know I will eat too much and then blame you for it, HA! Oh, and I call it dressing.
That’s a really clever idea – especially because I love sweet breads but not really sweet potato casserole.
mmmm…. Like pumpkin bread, but not at all. Love it!
Janet this sounds wonderful! I love that you added pineapple to it!
You have some great recipes and I love that everything looks homemade! I also want to tell you that I’ve give you a blog award!
Kim… what’s a waistline??? I have vague memories that maybe I had one of those many years ago hehe
Sawsan, it is if I do say so myself 🙂
Mike, me too! The more spices the better in my opinion 🙂
Tina, thanks! And you’re right; it goes quickly lol
Sandra, so long as I’m out of arms reach, you can go ahead and blame me hehe. Move near me however and we’ll blame…. I dunno… my husband or something 😀
Jen, if that’s the case you may really like this then! I hope you’ll try it 🙂
Chrissy, yep, that’s about it. I think it’s actually moister than pumpkin bread. Hope you’ll give it a try 🙂
Thanks Meghan! And me too lol; it’s what makes the bread different from all the rest.
Shante, that’s so sweet! Thanks so much and I’m so so glad you’re enjoying the blog. 🙂
This bread would be awesome for the Thanksgiving table… or just a snack loaf mid week 🙂
Ashley, mid week snack, late night snack, breakfast, dessert… dinner… it all works for me 😀