Saturday, January 24, 2015

A New Take On Potato Bread: Sweet Potato Maple Loaf

Here is another favorite recipe - for a dense, slightly sweet, wonderful breakfast bread.  I mix my dough in a bread machine, but always use the "dough" setting, and then form the loaf, let is rise again, and bake in a conventional oven.

  • 1 cup mashed sweet potato (about one medium sized yam or sweet potato, peel, cut into cubes and boil in water until soft, then mash with a fork and let it cool down a bit)
  • 1/2 cup of lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/3 cup of (real!) maple syrup
  • 4 and 1/4 cup of bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Place ingredient in order given into bread machine, use dough cycle.  When finished, remove the dough, knead to get air bubbles out, and place in a greased bread pan.  Let rise for 45 min to an hour. Then bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes (or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped)  Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes on a wire rack, then remove from pan and let the bread cool completely.  I usually brush the hot loaf with butter to make a softer crust.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year - New Grandbaby

We are excited to welcome Freyja Rebecca Neill to our family.  She was born in Boston on January 3, weighing 8.3 lbs and she was 20.5 inches long.  Her parents, Anja and Duff, and her big brother Leif are very happy to greet their beautiful new daughter and sister.