Sweet Potato Challah Bread

Since my store had sweet potatoes on sale for .25 cents a pound (a sign next to the sweet potatoes said “.25 cents a pound up to 30 pounds.”  I can’t imagine buying 30 pounds of sweet potatoes!

I went on Tastespotting and saw a recipe for sweet potato challah.  I am trying to think, but I don’t think I’ve ever made challah from scratch before.  It’s super easy, although my braiding skillz need some serious work.  I watched a youtube video a dozen times, but still didn’t get it exactly right, but it still looks pretty!

Honey sweetens the bread:

Sweet Potato Challah

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 whole egg plus 2 yolks
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
    egg wash, (1 beaten egg plus 1 tablespoon water)

In my stand mixer I added the water and yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes.  Then I added the honey, butter, egg, yolks, salt and mashed sweet potato and mixed it until just combined.

Then I added the six cups of flour, one cup at a time, scraping down the sides as you go.  Once the dough starts to separate from the side of the mixing bowl, you know you are done.   I just wonder if I could have more shit on my counter.  Yep, its already snowman mug time! 😀

Put it in an oiled bowl and let it rise for 90 minutes.

Then I divided the dough into two.  And then each ball into 6 small balls.  This is how the braiding starts:

Try as I might, I could not get the braid right – but they still look okay!

They rose on a sheet for another hour, then right before going into a 350 degree oven, I brushed them with the egg wash and baked them for 25 minutes.

Tony said they looked great, until he realized there was sweet potato in it.  The bottom is slightly crunchy, but the top and inside is soft and tender.  Delicious!

I love the color of this bread too – would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving table!

So today is my 2nd weigh in with the Zero Scale – the verdict?

Sorry this picture is so bad – I had my camera on the wrong setting – but it says Loss 1.2.  After the stressful week I had last week, I’ll take it!  And the 15 number is from the first time I stepped on the scale – afterwords it said 7 days at -1.2, but I missed that shot.  If I were to step on the scale again it would just say 0 pounds lost since last weigh in.

My hope this week is to maintain – its going to be insanely busy, but at least the work days will go by fast!

Make it a great day!


21 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Challah Bread

  1. Morning Biz! That bread looks awesome – I’ve never tried to make that before…

    I’ll call you on my way to work 🙂

  2. I saw that recipe and thought it looked great, too! I may try to fit that in for Thanksgiving!

    Hooray for your loss this week, Biz!

  3. I think I’d rival you for bread-braiding skillz, but whatever it looks like, I’m sure it tasted great!

    Hang in there – I know this week is still going to be long and challenging with work. Who starts a trial right before Thanksgiving, anyway?!? Boo on that.

  4. CONGRATS on the loss! Woo hoo!

    And that bread looks sooooooo good. Keep it way from me – I’d eat every twist!

  5. You totally impress me in that even with your crazy schedule you make the time for home made bread. It looks absolutely delicious by the way, I must make it. Also you don’t want it to be perfect because you are going for the rustic home made look right?

  6. The bread is gorgeous! Braiding looks pretty darn good to me! Congrats on the loss!

  7. Busy week with lots of temptations for me too. I’m hoping to manage myself so that I can be controlled with what I choose to do.

    The bread looks sooooooo good! My mom’s famous homemade rolls are a potato roll. I should ask her if she’s ever thought of substituting sweet potato!

  8. OMG, I made challah bread one time and it was so delicious! I need to make it again!

  9. Ah this looks so good! Just like my pumpkin rolls

  10. That bread looks great, your braiding skillz are amazing!!! 🙂
    Good luck to your mom tomorrow!!

  11. That bread looks amazing!
    …and I’d be the weirdo buying 30lbs of Sweet Potatoes! 😛

  12. eatingontherunway

    I wish my grocery store sold sweet potatoes for that cheap! I would be eating it for weeks.

  13. I think your bread looks fantastic. Looks like a pretty good braid to me. I think my husband and I could eat 30 pounds of sweet potatoes! It might take a while and we might turn orange in the meantime but I bet we could do it.

    Big huge congratulations on the loss. That is terrific. You are so deserving of it. The struggles and the plateaus are difficult, but I feel like the more vocal I am and the more I keep trying even if I fall off the wagon here and there, the more likely I am to eventually reach my goal. In the past I would have one slip up or one gain and that would be it, back to my old habits.

    Way to start the week Biz. Hope you’re having a great day!!

  14. That challah looks amazing! Between the honey and the sweet potato, I can think of no carb I would rather pass my lips! And Biz, your braiding skills are perrrfect – look at that end product! Gorgeous!!

    P.S. Sad the dates in December won’t work — SOON!!! We’ll make it happen! 🙂

  15. I love your snowman mug peeking out! And yay on the loss

  16. Pretty bread – and so good for you! Sweet potatoes are awesome. My mom used to buy challah bread as a treat growing up [she was a New Yawker and had grown up on it, but was rare in VA in the 70s] so, so good.

    Congrats on the zero scale weigh in. Bet that makes you happy. 🙂

  17. That looks so good. I don’t think I’ve ever had challah before. But, I LOVE anything sweet potato. Yummy!

  18. I just made bread pudding for my husband last night using challah bread. I bet this would be awesome in it! I may have to try making it sometime.

    Hang in there, Biz!!! Hope you had a great day!

  19. The bread looks awesome. I likely could not braid it though. Tried my hand at friendship bracelets last week and was slow to go. Can’t believe I used to make those non-stop.

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