Braided Sweet Potato Bread

Braided Sweet Potato Bread


  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 3 cups wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • soy milk for brushing loaves


Combine yeast and water and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in oil and thyme, followed by potatoes, honey and soy milk. Stir gently till mixture is smooth. In another bowl, combine flours, cornmeal and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in wet mixture. Mix together, then knead on a floured bowl for 10 minutes. Let rise, covered till doubled in bulk. Punch down dough and divide into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a long coil with hands, about 1-inch in diameter. To make each loaf, braid 3 coil s and pinch ends together. Place on a floured baking sheet, cover with damp cloth and let rise till doubled in bulk. Brush tops with soy milk and bake in a preheated 350F for 40 to 50 minutes, till tops are golden.

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