Sweet Potato Corn Bread

October 1st, 2010 § 12 comments

Well, it’s finally started cooling off around here and I’m so very excited to feel some fall weather. Yesterday I put on a sweater, turned on some Nick Drake and decided to bake something. It was a little rainy outside so I thought something to go with soup would be nice, so I went for this. The sweet potato brings a beautiful fall flavor (and color!) into the dish and I just loved it.

It’s my birthday this weekend and to get even more into the fall spirit, I’m headed to the mountains for apple picking with some wonderful friends. So, I’m in the market for some deeelicious recipes using apples! If you have any that you just love, comment and let me know! Until then….happy FALL!:)


3 medium sized sweet potatoes (a little more than a cup’s worth once mashed)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup honey
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (depending on your taste)
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces


Pre-heat oven for 375 degrees and butter a large cast iron skillet. Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork and boil until tender, then remove from heat, cut open and allow to cool slightly. Scoop out the inside of the sweet potato, mash and measure a cups worth firmly packed. Whisk together mashed sweet potato, eggs, buttermilk and honey. Set aside.

Blend together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and ginger in food processor. Add butter and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal. Add to sweet potato mixture and mix just until combined. Pour into prepared skillet and bake for about 45 minutes, or until deep-golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

  • http://www.tasty-trials.blogspot.com/ Karen

    I’ve made sweet potato biscuits, but never cornbread. This sounds really good…perfect food for Fall.
    Happy birthday!

  • ian

    sounds and looks delicious! one of my all time favorite apple dishes is apple brown betty with a mix of granny smith and some other sweeter apple. really good. if you want the recipe let me know!

  • Amanda

    thanks, yall!:) ian, i would looove that recipe! i remember you making it ages ago and it was so delicious!

  • http://patissierement-votre.blogspot.com/ Debby

    This is such a good idea to eat along with a soup , Hello fall! :)

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  • http://www.simplyscratch.com Laurie

    I am making this for sure!! I just need a cast Iron skillet… looks like I’ll have to buy one… darn! :)

  • Amanda

    thank you all!

    laurie- you can also bake this in a regular baking dish if that’s all you have, though i do encourage buying a cast iron skillet! i absolutely love mine… i use it for everything!:)

  • http://bakingmidwife.blogspot.com Baking Midwife

    Looks and sounds delicious! I just saw a Spelt Corn Bread baked in a skillet in Ready Made magazine and was thinking I needed to make some skillet cake (maybe with apples or pears). One thing I love to do with apples is make Applesauce, which I do every year for Thanksgiving. Super easy to do, just cook the apples chunks down in some apple cider (about a 1/2 inch).

  • https://www.acozykitchen.com Adrianna @ A Cozy Kitchen

    Holy moly! I love corn bread. And with sweet potatoes?! Whaaa? That sounds amazing. Might have to try this.

  • http://www.simplyscratch.com Laurie @ Simply Scratch

    Amanda! I’m attempting this tomorrow!! If all goes well I want to feature it on my site! cool? Xo

  • Amanda

    I would be honored! can’t wait to hear about the results.:)

  • ExJayKay

    This sounds wonderful! I’m going to make mine gluten free (with a gluten free flour blend). I don’t even think I’ll need xanthan gum (to replace the gluten), as the sweet potatoes are probably “sticky” enough to hold it together.
    I wonder if you could make it with pumpkin, too…?

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