Roy Finamore's Sweet Potato-Cornmeal Sandwich Loaf

November 22, 2012
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 2 small loaves
Author Notes

A orange-tinted sandwich bread, soft and rich and comforting. Very lightly adapted from Finamore's One Potato, Two Potato. —Nicholas Day

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, in pieces
  • 4 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover cooked sweet potatoes
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  1. Bring the milk, sugar, and salt to a boil in a small pot, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the butter and let it melt and then cool to room temperature. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Put the sweet potatoes in your bread bowl and whip them vigorously with a fork, or use a standing mixer with a whisk attachment. Add the liquids (milk and dissolved yeast) and stir, then add 5 cups of flour and the cornmeal. Beat well, using your hands or a mixer with a dough hook, until you have a fairly stiff dough, then dump it out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and glossy.
  3. Put the dough in a well-oiled bowl, cover it, and leave it in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch it down, pull it out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide it in half. Roll each piece out into a rectangle about 8 inches wide and 12 inches long. Start at the narrow side and roll the dough lightly and put it, seam-side down, in small (about 8 x 5-inch) bread pans. (You can also use larger loaf pans, of course: the bread won't fill the pans, but it'll still rise enough to be a loaf.) Cover with a damp cloth and leave the loaves in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Twenty minutes before baking, heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, then remove from pans and cool on racks.

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6 Reviews

LLcsf March 12, 2023
Great recipe to use up leftover sweet potatoes. Easy peasy recipe, resulting in delicious bread. Yummy, fragrant, nice chewy texture.
Mae March 28, 2018
I just made this with winter squash instead of sweet potato and oh my, it is good! I only used 1 TBS of sugar because I don't like sweet things very much. It came out perfect. My loaves definitely filled up bigger loaf pans though! Would have been overflowing out of smaller pans. I almost pulled them out of the oven early because of how dark the crust was getting, but I'm glad I didn't!
Taylor S. November 29, 2015
This bread is awesome. Sweet if you want it to be (or savory). Has a very nice yeasty flavor. I pinched off a piece of dough and made myself a roll (because I wanted this bread without waiting for a whole loaf to bake and cool!). It was too delicious with a piece of jalapeño havarti cheese tucked in the middle :))))
JL H. November 28, 2014
Just when I ran out of bread and didn't want to brave the Black Friday shoppers, along came this quick and delicious yeast bread! Thank you Nicholas Day!
Yessica April 4, 2013
I am not an experienced baker. I am not a child. I have a young child. We shall bake this bread. We shall eat this deliciously looking orange colored bread =)
Nozlee S. December 18, 2012
We made this, and then ate it all within days, and the lamented that we hadn't doubled the recipe. Totally a keeper.