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Fresh Sweet Potato Bread with Dates

Recipe: Fresh Sweet Potato Bread with Dates

Summary: This is one of the few “quick” breads that holds up marvelously to the rigors of shipping. It is moist with an unforgettably good flavor that seems to improve with time. The texture is light without being flimsy. Everyone loves this bread!

Overall Preparation Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Active Preparation Time: 40 to 45 minutes
-Do not freeze
-Ships well
-Recipe can be doubled
Shelf life: 1 week, tightly wrapped
Yields: 2 medium (8×4 inch) loaves


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mashed, baked sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (Use a light variety from France or Morocco)
  • 3 eggs
  • The scraped seeds from 2 vanilla bean pods
  • 2/3 cup chopped dates


  1. Combine the flour, sugars, spices and rosemary in a large bowl and whisk them together.
  2. Combine the mashed sweet potatoes, olive oil, eggs and vanilla seeds in a second bowl and stir them with a wooden spoon until they are well blended.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the sweet potato batter, stirring after each addition.
  5. Fold in the chopped dates.
  6. Heavily coat two loaf pans (8×4 inches) with the soft butter.
  7. Divide the bread batter equally between the two pans.
  8. Bake the loaves on the middle rack of the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Rotate the loaf pans and continue baking for 25 to 30 additional minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of the loaves comes out clean.
  9. Cool the pans on a rack for 15 minutes and then unmold the loaves directly onto the rack to finish cooling. Wrap the loaves tightly in plastic wrap once they are completely cool.


Wrapping It Up

A corrugated paper sleeve will protect the bread in un-crumpled, high graphic style.

Suggested Supplies

  • An 8×16 inch rectangle of corrugated cardstock
  • Double face tape
  • 3 strips (2×16 inches) of colored cardstock

How to Put Bread in a Sleeve

  1. Roll the wrapped loaf in the rectangle of corrugated cardstock and tightly secure it on the underside of the loaf with the double face tape.
  2. Write gift message on the strips of cardstock with colored markers
  3. Wind the strips of cardstock over the corrugated paper and secure them on the underside with the double face tape as well.


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