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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon Glaze


Besides terrible, terrible (terrrrrrrrrible) allergies, this time of year is pretty great. The semester is rapidly coming to a close, its bathing suit weather again, and today is my wonderful fiance's birthday! The one thing that isn't so great about this time of year (besides the horrendous mind-bogglingly debilitating seasonal allergies. Spite you, tree pollen.) is the un-availability of yummy fallish ingredients. I searched and searched for canned sweet potato! But it was nowhere to be found. I thought of Pumpkin as a yummy substitute but that is out of season and nowhere here in Florida at the moment either. Not really having enough time to think about how to buy sweet potatoes and make them on my own, I bought a can of Bruce's Yams in Syrup, and opted to drain all the syrup from the can. Not really thinking about it, I bought a 15 ounce can (since I planned to halve the recipe and prepare it in a loaf pan).... but straining the syrup from the can left me with less than 15 ounces. Oh well, I had to make due on my tight schedule. I just decreased the amount of all the other ingredients I put in as well. This was kind of a winging-it kind of recipe for me. The only real change, besides messing around with the amounts of ingredients, was to use only cinnamon in the batter instead of all of the spices Melissa called for.


Also, I chose to do a cinnamon confectioner's sugar glaze instead of the Cinnamon-Rum-Orange Glaze the original recipe called for. We aren't big fans of orange and we don't have any rum. My glaze went something like this:
Cinnamon Glaze
3/4 C confectioners sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tblspn butter, room temperature
2-4 tsp hot water
1/2 - 1 tsp vanilla, to taste
Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Pour half of the glaze over the still-warm loaf (I allowed it to cool for 20 minutes before topping with the glaze). Wait about 10 minutes, allowing the glaze to harden slightly, and then pour the remaining glaze over the loaf. This way you get a nice thick layer of the glaze. I used a pastry brush and painted the glaze on to the sides of the loaf as well.



The result was quite good, considering all the estimating I did with the ingredients. The bread was very moist and not too sweet. The spicy cinnamony glaze's sweetness complementing the bread nicely. I bet this would be good with whole wheat flour too.


Breakfast for the birthday boy... he got his tradition b-day breakfast, cinnamon buns, yesterday :)

Be sure to visit the SMS Blogroll to see how this one turned out for the other members. And see the host, Lorelei's blog - Mermaid Sweets, for this week's recipe.

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Cristine said...

Great job on making the recipe work for you! Your bread looks great!

Future Grown-Up said...

Oh my stars, that cake looks AMAZING. I love love love the glaze. Great job!

Hope your allergies subside soon :)

Nina said...

MAKE IT WORK! [as Tim Gunn would say on Project Runway, sorry if you don't watch that show, but it's almost the season finale so I'm kind of excited!]

Anyways, these look awesome. I would have loved to wake up to some homemade bread.

Also, discounts on the apron. I would, but my mom's not much of a cook. I would rather buy it for myself HAHA.

Leslie said...

Mmm...great looking bread! I bet that cinnamon glaze was incredible!

Flourchild said...

I like the sound of that cinnamon glaze! Your bread looks very good. I changed some things too!

Candy said...

Your glaze looks so good! I suffer from year round allergies (I live in the allergy capital of the country) so I sympathize as this is a rough time of year for me too. Great job with the bread!

Chats the Comfy Cook said...

You have a thicker glaze and it looks great. The changes in the bread evidentally did not hurt it at all. It looks like a success.

Unknown said...

Love your idea for the glaze! I found the one in the book sort of a sticky mess, and I didn't think it added much. Otherwise, though, I loved this bread - so yummy!

Happy birthday to your fiance :)

Tessa said...

Happy birthday to your fiance! The photo with the glaze dripping off the corner of the bread looks delicious!

Tiff said...

I HATE allergies, totally with you there!

Your bread looks great!

Shandy said...

Wonderful and Yummy looking bread. The yams worked beautifully, even though you had to do a lot of estimating. Hope your allergies start to get relief VERY soon~!

Mara Campbell said...

Your bread looks great, I especially like the shot of the glaze dripped off the loaf. Very cool!

Lot-O-Choc said...

Mmm wow this looks so amazingly good! I bet the cinnamon glaze is gorgeous.

HanaĆ¢ said...

I love it when I have to wing it (for one reason or another) and it turns out good. Looks like yours did, so kudos to you. Your cinamon glaze sounds yummy!


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