Thursday, February 10, 2011

Purple Sweet Potato Bread

So not all of my baking ideas always pan out. I thought it would be great to add some purple sweet potato puree to the tangzhong breads I’ve been making. I imagined a soft and fluffy bread, lightly flavored with sweet potato, with a light purple hue.

I figured I could just mash some sweet potato in while kneading the dough and then perhaps add a little bread flour to make up for the additional moisture. But I figured wrong. Once I added the sweet potato mash to the bread dough, it simply would not knead together. The dough was super super sticky.


Every time I touched it, it was like bubble gum stuck to my fingers! I wonder if it would have made a difference if I had kneaded the dough first and after the dough was finished, add some sweet potato puree and mix rather than adding the puree directly into the dough mixture to be kneaded.

Anyhow, my solution was to continue to dump bread flour, but it still didn’t come together. Until suddenly it did, but by this time the dough was really dry…and I hadn’t increased the instant yeast so I knew the dough would not rise as much as it should.

With all the baking problems going on, I ended up not having enough time to let the dough properly rise. It was late and I had to get up early in the morning. So I baked it before the dough was finished proofing.

The bread still turned out okay. It looked like bread and it tasted like bread and was still relatively soft. It definitely did not come out the way I had imagined when I started the bread. I actually think it looks quite pretty though the taste didn’t live up to what I was trying to create. I won’t post the recipe on this one because I’m going to work on improving it and when I produce a bread like the one I imagined in my head, I’ll share the recipe.

 

5 Responses to “Purple Sweet Potato Bread”

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    Cliff — February 11, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    These look so soft! Can’t wait for recipe

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    The Cilantropist — February 11, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    I have had this experience with bread so many times! I try out new and different twists on traditional standby bread recipes and somehow it ends up getting totally out of hand. :) Luckily, although the perfect loaf is often hard to attain, bread is pretty forgiving so most will turn out at least ok!

    • Kirbie replied: — February 11th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

      Glad to know I’m not the only one who has suffered this problem. I had no idea that little bit of moisture would make such a difference.

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    Skip — July 18, 2012 @ 1:18 am

    I haven’t had any problem with having sweet potato in the dough. For about 500g flour I’ve added 1 1/2 cup mashed white sweet potato in addition to the other ingredients (with the ratio of flour to water being 100 : 67) . I then kneaded by hand as it per usual and let rise a couple of times.
    It makes a super soft moist bread which is awesome for doughnuts. The only problem I’ve found is that the bread or donuts turn to mush the next day. Not sure why, but it’s excellent for a 1 day thing.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 18th, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

      Thanks for the tips!

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