Sweet Potato Buns
Baking sheet

Fresh produce is full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that we all need to be healthier.  But, it only helps us if we actually eat it!  That’s why it is important to try fruits and vegetables in a variety of ways.  If you don’t like them raw, you might like them steamed or baked—or even baked into bread.

Sweet Potatoes are one vegetable that I never liked.  They looked and smelled good to me, but it didn’t matter whether they were mashed, roasted, or pan-fried into breakfast potatoes: there was just something about them I didn’t enjoy.  I was determined to get those great nutrients and not waste good produce, and finally I found a way.

Maple and Sweet Potato Buns. Just 6 simple ingredients:

  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (about 3 medium potatoes)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbl butter

What to do?

  • Peel, cube, and boil sweet potatoes until they become soft enough to mash. Mash potatoes and let cool.

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  • Proof yeast by adding it to one cup of warm water.

Yeast

  • Combine yeast, water, maple syrup, and flour. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Add mashed sweet potatoes, butter and salt. Knead dough until fully mixed and dough is elastic. This may take a few minutes.

Kneed dough 3

  • Form dough into a ball, cover and set aside for 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.

Cover with cloth

  • Lightly flour your working space and divide the dough into 15 even pieces. Roll each peace into a bun shape. Place the buns onto a lightly greased pan.

Roll dough (2)

  • Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  The result will be beautiful rolls your whole family will love!

Finished bun1Or, you can bake this bread as a loaf!  Simply form it into a loaf shape instead of individual buns.  The loaf can be cooked in a loaf pan, baking sheet, or in a glass pan. Cook for 1 hour. Cover with aluminum foil for the first 30 minutes.

These buns are great served with cinnamon sugar butter!