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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sweet Potato Cornbread, whole grain delicious

Sweet Potato Cornbread is the happy collision of roasted sweet potatoes and the best pan of cornbread you will ever eat! All you need to do extra is throw an extra sweet potato into the oven, the next time you bake sweet potatoes. 


To be perfectly honest this recipe was born of frugality. And while we are sharing about frugality and the recipes that come along in the mixing of no waste and something new to eat, they all don't all turn out this good! But let me just say, this happy dance of frugality and cooking did in fact turn out delicious! You see, I am in the habit of making trying to make the most of everything. 

And Sweet Potato Cornbread is the result of that habit. 

But let me explain, this just might clear it all up! When I bake potatoes in the oven, I always toss in a few extras to make hash browns or fried potatoes for another meal. Personally, I am a big fan of fried potatoes with the skin on. And when I bake sweet potatoes for our evening meal, I usually add one more to the oven. That soft-baked to caramel deliciousness, sweet potato makes a great lunch with a bit of butter the next day. I have enjoyed this for lunch many times at my desk during the working years.


But I never got around to having it for lunch...I don't remember why, just that it sat in the fridge for a couple of days. I tried really hard to work up the affection needed to take that sorry-looking wrinkled sweet tater to work with me for lunch, but it just didn't happen! And as it turns out, it was for the best. Sometimes a great recipe like Sweet Potato Cornbread is not from what you did, it can also be from something that you didn't do. 

That night the Frugality Superhero wannabe in me struck. And she struck hard! "Do the right thing!" she said. "Don't let that baked sweet potato go to waste." So I did what I thought was the right thing! Or at least the quickest and easiest thing to do, I mashed that sweet potato until creamy and added it to a pan of cornbread. 

And oh my gosh what a delicious pan of cornbread this turned out to be. Seriously, you must make Sweet Potato Cornbread! And should you wish a pan of cornbread and have no sweet potatoes to roast, just know that mashed canned sweet potatoes will make a delicious pan of Sweet Potato Cornbread also.

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • cornmeal OR masa cornmeal
  • whole wheat flour
  • organic sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • sweet potato
  • eggs
  • oil
  • milk
  • coconut oil
You will also need the following:
  • cast iron skillet
  • measuring cups
  • large mixing bowl
  • stirring spoon
Now we are ready to begin!

Sweet Potato Cornbread

Sweet Potato Cornbread
by the seat of my pants!
inspired by: our love of cornbread and sweet potatoes!
425-degree oven

Prepare the skillet while the oven is preheating, add 1-2 T coconut oil to the pan. Add the pan to the oven, the oil will melt and the pan will get hot. Note:  The more coconut oil used, the crunchier the crust!

1 c cornmeal OR tamale (masa) cornmeal, see note below
1 c whole wheat flour
1/3 - 1/2 c organic sugar, choose your sweetness level
3 t baking powder
3/4 t salt



Combine all ingredients in a medium-size bowl, whisk to combine all ingredients well. 

Make a "well" in the center of the dry ingredients, into the well add:

1 small to medium roasted sweet potato, peeled, mashed until smooth 
OR
1 c mashed canned (well-drained) sweet potatoes
2 eggs
1/3 c oil
1 1/3 c milk or,  IF using the masa flour increase milk to 1 1/2 cups


Using the same whisk, beat the liquid ingredients together until no streaks of egg remain. 

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. 

Do Not Over Mix.


When the oven is preheated, remove the skillet (remember it is hot!) and swirl the melted oil to cover the bottom and 1/2 way up the sides of the pan. 

Pour cornbread batter into the pan, smoothing to the edges if necessary. 

Immediately reduce the oven temperature to 400-degrees. 

Bake 20-25 minutes or until tests "done" in your oven. 

Remove let cool briefly, then cut into 8 pieces.

Note: tamale (masa) cornmeal makes a smoother textured cornbread with a very pleasing flavor! 

Storage options for Sweet Potato Cornbread. Store at room temperature sealed with plastic wrap or in a storage container for up to three days. If stored longer, it would be best to store covered in the refrigerator. I would not freeze Sweet Potato Cornbread, freezing cornbread seems to dry it out. 
 

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Sweet Potato Cornbread has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Sweet Potato Cornbread
by the seat of my pants!
inspired by: our love of cornbread and sweet potatoes!
425-degree oven

Prepare the skillet while the oven is preheating, add 1-2 T coconut oil to the pan. Add the pan to the oven, the oil will melt and the pan will get hot. Note:  The more coconut oil used, the crunchier the crust!

1 c cornmeal OR tamale (masa) cornmeal, see note below
1 c whole wheat flour
1/3 - 1/2 c organic sugar, choose your sweetness level

3 t baking powder
3/4 t salt

Using the same whisk, beat the liquid ingredients together until no streaks of egg remain. 

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. 

Do Not Over Mix.

When the oven is preheated, remove the skillet (remember it is hot!) and swirl the melted oil to cover the bottom and 1/2 way up the sides of the pan. 

Pour cornbread batter into the pan, smoothing to the edges if necessary. 

Immediately reduce the oven temperature to 400-degrees. 


Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until tests "done" in your oven. 

Remove let cool briefly, then cut into 8 pieces.

Note: masa cornmeal flour makes a smoother textured cornbread with a very pleasing flavor! 

Storage options for Sweet Potato Cornbread. Store at room temperature sealed with plastic wrap or in a storage container for up to three days. If stored longer, it would be best to store covered in the refrigerator. I would not freeze Sweet Potato Cornbread, freezing cornbread seems to dry it out. 

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  1. Yum, this looks delicious! I love cornbread. I like cornbread made in a skillet . I grew up eating cornbread and milk.
    Lisa

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    1. I hope you enjoy this version, it is tasty! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. When I roast sweet potatoes, I always throw one in the oven to make a pan of this cornbread...

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  3. Sweet potatoes in cornbread? This is a new idea to me. I do like my cornbread, and I enjoy a sweet potato for lunch now and then, I'm going to have to try this!

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  4. Great idea! I love cornbread, and this would make it more nutritious as well as delicious!

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    1. It is worth throwing in an extra sweet potato at baking time!

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  5. I love anything with sweet potato, this cornbread will be delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and please come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  6. You made me laugh with how hard you tried, lol!! But what a great save and I can just imagine how good and moist and tender that cornbread must have been!!

    Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

    Mollie

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  7. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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  8. Thank you for sharing with us at Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop! Your cornbread is one of my features at this week's hop! Be sure to drop by to see your feature and say hi!
    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

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