Spiced Sweet Potato Bread with Apples and a Streusel Topping

I was enjoying dinner while watching The Sing-Off (I heart a capella) when I had a slight panic. I realized I hadn’t used the sweet potatoes I bought last week from the farmer’s market. Who knows why I thought of it at that moment but I was compelled to use the sweet potatoes right then and there.

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.

I used the basis of my Banana Apple Bread recipe and made some swaps and add-ins. I wanted to use some of the new spices I got from Penzey’s which included ground cloves and ground ginger.  So worth the purchase! I didn’t want to buy ground cloves before because they are so expensive (like $6 whole dollars) but there really is no substitute for the flavor it gives you.

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.

Usually I like to add in walnuts or almonds to my banana bread but I did not have any nuts on hand. I made a streusel topping instead. You could easily use nuts if you had those. Pecans would go really well 
with this or if you’re in the mood, use dried cranberries or even chocolate chips for a more decadent treat. 
The streusel topping was easy to put together and turned out great. It adds a little crunch and texture to the bread which I love. 

Spiced Sweet Potato Bread with Apples and a Streusel Topping
Makes one loaf

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
Side note: If you are lazy and don’t want to cook down apples, use applesauce instead.

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cold butter, diced
*Bring a large pot of water to medium to high heat. While that comes to a boil, scrub, peel and dice your sweet potatoes. I had 3 medium-sized on hand. Boil sweet potatoes for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash. 
*While sweet potatoes are cooking, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9x5x3 baking pan. 
*Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and spices in medium bowl. 
*Mix the next 4 ingredients in a large bowl until combined.
*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!


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