I immediately thought of something sweet. Maybe they could be baked in to bread. Ooh like my banana bread but with mashed sweet potatoes instead. Maybe with apples too. Ahh – preheat the oven! Pull out some eggs! That’s usually how these baking spells take over me and give me crazy eyes. It’s like a switch and I scramble to pull it all together. I am by no means a graceful baker or cook for that matter. Things fly up and all around; fervent swearing occurs; pans drop from cabinets; stampeding elephants rush through. OK, not that last part. So I left The Sing-Off playing in the background while I started to make this quick bread and create a mess in the kitchen.
It turned out delicious! Very moist and full of spice and sweetness with shreds of orange peeking through from the mashed sweet potatoes and a burst of flavor from the cooked apples.
You can say this is semi-healthy with the mashed sweet potatoes…yes, let’s go with that. That way I won’t feel guilty devouring two slices right out of the oven.
For the quick bread:
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (freshly grated if you have it!)
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
- 1/2 cup cooked apples, (about 2 small apples cooked down in some water sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
For the Streusel Topping:
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp cold butter, diced
*Slowly add dry ingredients and mix well until blended.
*Pour out into the greased pan.
*For the streusel topping, mix all ingredients together until you get pea sized lumps. Crumble a layer of streusel mixture on top.
*Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
*Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days and eat, eat, eat!