Monday, November 29, 2010

Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls

I've been wanting to give sweet potato yeast rolls a whirl.  I have this unending sweet potato craving in progress.  The dough is quite sticky so it's a bit of a pain to knead it before the first rise, but the slight annoyance is worth it.  The rolls turned out quite lovely, crusty on the outside and tender on the inside.  I think they would be perfect with a little honey or butter...I'm leaning towards honey.  ;)


Sweet Potato Yeast Rolls

1 package active dry yeast
2 cups spelt flour
3 to 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mashed sweet potato*
3 tbls vital wheat gluten
1 cup skim milk
2 tbls oil
1 tbls raw honey
1/4 tsp salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water...warm water from the tap works just fine. Heat milk in the microwave until warm and add to the yeast. Stir in the oil, honey, and salt. Mix in the spelt flour and vital wheat gluten. Mix in the mashed, sweet potato.  Gradually mix in the flour until the dough gets too difficult to work in the bowl. Turn out onto your work surface and continue to knead in flour.  The dough is going to be quite sticky to work with.  Knead the dough for several minutes. Place in a clean bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for an hour. Dough should be doubled in size.

Grease two cookie sheets. Turn dough back out onto floured work surface. Using a knife, cut off a small bun sized portions of dough. Work it in your hand to give it a nice round shape. Generally I rotate the dough in one hand and turn the edges under with the other, adding flour as needed....this gives you a pretty little round.  Place your roll on the cookie sheet and repeat the shaping process with the remainder of the dough. Cover the rolls and let them rise in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until nicely browned. Makes about 18 rolls.

*I peeled, sliced, and boiled my sweet potatoes on the stove before mashing.


A couple more pics of the rolls...
The sweet potato gave these rolls such a pretty gold color.  They just cry out to be nibbled on.  The spelt flour is not a must of course...if you prefer wheat or all white flour that would work out fine as well.  Mmmm...some ground oatmeal would probably taste heavenly with the sweet potato actually. 

A little insider view....lookit that pretty crust!  Rawrrr.  Ahem.  ;)

29 comments:

  1. I had never even heard of sweet potato rolls until I opened your page today. Now I absolutely must have them - those look great!

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  2. Yumm! Looks crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Beautiful job :)

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  3. I love a couple of your sweet potato buns for the breakfast tomorrow! They look gorgeous.

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  4. We've both got sweet potatoes on the brain! These look great -- I'd opt for butter on mine. :)

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  5. This sounds great! What a clever way to use sweet potatoes. I'll have to try to make it gluten free. Thanks for the creative post!

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  6. I'd definitely drizzle honey all over these rolls! I've never had sweet potato rolls but I know I'd love them!

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  7. I love sweet potato rolls! These look so good :)

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  8. What a great concept! I've had sweet potato biscuits--why not yeast rolls! They look incredible!

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  9. These look so yummy and beautiful! great job!

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  10. Beautiful rolls! Such a great idea!

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  11. Looks so perfect. Bookmarking it to try..

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  12. Sweet potato rolls have been on my list for a while. You've done a great job! They look perfect.

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  13. These look so tasty and fluffy! What a great idea. A must make for the holidays!

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  14. Hi,

    Those rolls look yummy...:0

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  15. The do look lovely. I bet a cinnamon butter would have tasted good on them, too.

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  16. Those look wonderful...I am always looking for new breads and rolls to try. It just helps making packed lunches a little more interesting! I will have to give these a try!

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  17. These look great!! I love the use of sweet potato!

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  18. This sounds really great! I love sweet potato and love potato bread but I bet this is way better because sweet potato has a lot more flavour. Let's give it a buzz!

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  19. These look delicious and I can't wait to make some!!! Thanks for sharing!

    You can also check out my post, the last post would go perfect with these!!!

    The Daily Dine or http://www.horsesandchocolate.blogspot.com

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  20. These look absolutely amazing. Will definitely have to keep your recipe in mind next time I have leftover sweet potato mash! I bet they'd be great split and toasted with a sweet cinnamon butter.

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  21. Coolness! Honey butter would be great with these; along with a cup of chai tea. Great job!

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  22. The texture of these rolls look GREAT! YUM! These rolls would be PERFECT with a nice bowl of steaming soup!

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  23. Yum, yum! I seriously CANNOT wait to make these. Thank you!

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  24. yumm...I want! I'm shopping around for alternatives to boring old xmas dinner and these would be perfect as damper bread. Thanks!

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  25. :) Really good crust! I have hard time sometimes getting a good crust!

    Sticky doughs make a messy kitchen, though! Hope you have had help to clean it up:)

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  26. Great recipe. I will try it and cheat with the homebakery.

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  27. They have such a nice color! I recently made sweet potato biscuits and loved them, so I'm adding these rolls to my to-do list.

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