Sunday, April 18, 2010

SMS: Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon-Orange-Rum Glaze

To be perfectly honest, I feel a little bad about being this week's host since I haven't been a participant is sooooo long. So, thank you for letting me host anyway. This week's recipe is Sweet Potato Bread with Cinnamon-Rum-Orange Glaze (recipe after my ramblings below). I chose this recipe because it doesn't have any dairy in it!! Who-hooo! I can eat it. The recipe is so simple, so quick, and SO DELICIOUS. I strongly encourage all to try. May be more of a fall or winter bread, but if you like these flavors, who's to say you can't enjoy it year round. Check out how all the wonderful and talented SMS bakers did this week here.

So, in order to explain (notice I didn't say excuse) my absence from baking and blogging (yes, not just a lazy blogger), here goes: I'M PREGNANT!!! It will be our first, and we are so darn excited. I am due October 6th. This is something I have wanted for a while now, waiting for everything to line up. So, world's greatest husband - check, good job - check, house - check, baby - soon! Horay!!!! I was not expecting the fatigue that comes with the first trimester, oh wow. I used to be able to work my demanding lawyer job, then come home and bake and blog. Now for the last few months, it was barely get myself to work, barely make it through the day (a shortened one at that), barely make it home, then fall on the couch and not get up except for the bathroom or bed. Rinse and repeat. I did NOTHING other than that for a few months, not lying. So, no baking, no blogging. Thankfully, I have my energy back. Work picked up in a major way - I have worked long full days every day since Easter Sunday, but that should get back to a more manageable pace after tomorrow, and then I can't wait to see what all my long lost baking friends have been up to and get myself back in the kitchen!

For the Bread

Two 15-ounce cans sweet potatoes, drained
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
3/4 kosher salt
2/3 cups pecans, coarsely chopped

For the Cinnamon-Rum-Orange Glaze

1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup rum
2 cinnamon sticks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10-cup bundt pan.

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed mash the sweet potatoes until smooth (this will make about 2 cups). Add the sugar and oil and mix to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Add the flour mixture into the sweet potato mixture in three batches, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Do no overmix. Stir in the pecans.

3. Pour the batted into the prepared bundt pan. Spin the pan to level the bater. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire wrack to cool for 20 minutes before inverting onto the rack for glazing.

4. For the glaze. Combine the orange juice, rum, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a small nonreactive saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat and reduce by half. REmove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly before glazing.

5. Using a pastry brush, brush the glaze generously over the still-warm bread. Wait for 10 minutes, and glaze again.


  1. CONGRATS!!!!

    I'm sure that everyone understands that sometimes we just need time for ourselves.

    Thanks for hosting this week. I loved that you chose something that you could eat. I made it for the SF food bloggers Bake Sale! Your's looks awesome and amazing!

  2. Congratulations! I have to say that this is the best "I took a blogging break" excuse ever! Glad to see you're back though and with such a gorgeous cake!

  3. Congratulations!! I missed this week because my Trader Joe's didn't have canned sweet potatoes and I have a cold. Yours looks so good I'm going have to make it up later!

  4. OH I am sooo happy for you..CONGRATS!! Im sure you and your husband are super excited! No worries on the break from blogging. You have an excellent excuse! I slept all most entire three pregnancies! Get lots of rest and enjoy!
    Your cake looks shiny and Im sure very tasty!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! this cake looks so good! have to try it I ve never tried sweet potatoes so far.

  6. Congratulations! What amazing news - I'm sure you guys are super excited :)

    Thanks for hosting this week! I made minis and they were really tasty. Your bundt looks wonderful, I love how shiny it is.

  7. Congrats! Thanks for hosting, and suggesting this recipe. i never would have tried it otherwise, and I thought it was delicious.

  8. Your bread looks scrumpdelicious. The glaze makes it particularly eye appealing. I'm regretting giving all my loaves away as I'm salivating looking at yours.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

  9. Congratulations! That is great news.

    The bread looks wonderful and thank you for hosting this week with everything going on right now in your life.

  10. Congratulations on the baby! Thanks for hosting this week - the bread was a great choice!

  11. So nice to see you back and with such FABULOUS news! Congratulations!! I wish you nothing but happiness and the best of everything!! Keep smiling!

  12. Congratulations! Thanks for hosting!

  13. Hey, yay for you being pregnant (but not the sick and tired part). Nice to see you posting again. The sweet potato cake sounds de-lish. In one of the cooking classes I took a few months ago, she did a sweet potato/chocolate marble cake. It was so good!

  14. Great choice! Thanks for hosting!

  15. Congratulations!!! Congratulations!! Such a beautiful bundt and such wonderful news!! -mary the food librarian

  16. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Your cake looks just beautiful!

  17. Congratulations! I thought this bread was really yummy. Even though it seemed like a fallish recipe, I love the flavors, so I thought it was fun to have an excuse to bake with them in spring.

  18. big time congrats!
    so exciting and the pregnancy will get a little easier (before it gets hard again ;)
    btw, cake looks great!

  19. Congratulations, momma!

    Thanks for hosting this week. This cake was fantastic. Glad you got to enjoy it as well.

  20. Congratulations on your exciting news! I hear ya on the weariness that comes with the first trimester. Your body is working super hard and that leaves little left over for frivolous stuff like work, laundry, getting dinner on the table.

  21. Congratulations, Lorelei!!! That is wonderful news. I'm very happy for the both of you.

    Thanks for hosting this week. This was another SMS winner.

  22. Big congrats on the new baby!!! Wishing you all the best with the rest of your pregnancy. Thanks for picking such a great recipe this week, I loved it.

  23. Glad to read an update from you. This cake looks so moist and delicious. Even better that you got to eat it :-)

    Congrats on your pregnancy!

  24. Oh my goodness, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! That's such exciting news. Wishing you all the best and hope the rest of the pregnancy is a touch less exhausting!

    Thanks for the pick - loved it! R x

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  26. Congrats! That is great news!! And I love the looks of this cake!

  27. First...congrats to you & hubby on the news!

    The cake looks great! I will be baking this when I get a chance.

    I've been busy with a fundraiser bake sale and haven't been around baking the last few weeks. But, will restart in May.


  28. I just found your blog when searching for a recipe. I am was really excited to see that you are a lawyer - I am in the middle of law school right now and have been reconsidering going through with it because so many lawyers seem stressed and overworked. You seem to have such a wonderful life outside of work, and passions outside of the law. Thank-you!


  29. Congrats on the soon to be bundle of joy. I'm so excited for you! My BD is Oct 8th os of course I'm rooting for that day for your baby to come! :)
    This cake looks perfect to me. I love sweet potato (or pumpkin) and think I must try this recipe. Thanks and congtrats again.

  30. Congratulations to you and your husband Loreli :)

  31. First, congratulations!! I hope you have an easy pregnancy and as they say here in Spain "una horita corta" at the moment of birth which means that may your labour be short and happy. I found your blog through Megan´s kitchen and would like to subscribe to yours but, how and also there is no print button for your recipe. Is that in the cards for the future?? Beautiful cake and I hope to make it soon although with fresh sweet potatoes as here they are not available in cans... thanks and again good luck

  32. Congratulations, I know your baby is with you now. By the way, your cake looks so delicious.

  33. Deliciously sinful I could smell cinnamon's aroma up here. Congratulations to your first baby! I do hope you well and wish you best of luck for a new recruit in motherhood. XO

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