Fall is the BEST time for baking. I seriously believe the season was made just to give us inspiration. Think of all the flavors and spices – pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg. Ahh…I can smell an oven seeping with autumn aromas as I type.
I already made Spiced Pumpkin Honey Muffins to express my love for what I deem to be the epitome of fall – Thanksgiving. But my love overfloweth, and I couldn’t let the holiday come and go without baking up another festive recipe. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce Maple Sweet Potato Cornbread.
My Maple Banana Cornbread was such a hit around here that I thought it would be fun to up the fall aspect and transform it into a loaf bursting with seasonal tastes. Since sweet potato is a favorite Thanksgiving – or anytime! – food of mine, the way to make this happen was obvious. I substituted sweet potato for banana and the rest, my friends, is history.
Here’s my recipe:
1 cup stone ground cornmeal
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg white
1/2 cup skim milk
Preheat the oven to 350*F. Spray an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together sweet potatoes, maple syrup, egg white and skim milk. In a separate bowl, mix cornmeal, white whole wheat flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Stir the dry ingredients into the sweet potato mixture until just blended. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes.
Maple! Sweet potato! Cornbread! A trifecta of fall flavors!
This bread is quite tasty! Very moist and the essence of sweet potato really comes through. Compared to my Maple Banana Cornbread, I’d say the sweetness is more subtle – because sweet potato has less natural sugar than banana – and the nutty cornmeal flavor is a bit more subdued. But it was still very well-received and Dan an official taste tester had a hard time picking which loaf he liked best.
This would be a great treat to bring along to a holiday dinner. Will you be baking anything for Thanksgiving this year?