Because I made this pretty much on a whim, I didn't take any "making-of" photos, I'm afraid.
really good with butter on it!
But! My husband barbecued us dinner last night, and he likes to put yams or sweet potatoes in the coals after we are done with the grill, and roasted yams are really good. We ended up with more than we could eat. It occurred to me that we have carrot cake, pumpkin bread, and sweet potato pie, so why not yam cake or yam bread?
So here's the recipe I came up with. It tastes somewhere between spicy carrot cake and pumpkin bread, and I will totally make this during thanksgiving or Christmas next year, as it tastes rather "holiday"ish.
Cooking it in a Dutch oven gave it a bit of a crust, which is a little weird on a sweet bread, but now I want to try soda bread in this thing!
Adapted from this: http://www.cooksrecipes.com/bread/cranberry_yam_bread_recipe.html
Roasted Yam Spice Bread
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup (can use one kind of sugar and skip the syrup, but it makes the flavors more complex)
2 yams, mashed (I did this by taking roasted yams, pulling off the skin, and mashing, but you could just bake them at 400 F or so until soft, roasting does give it a more caramelized flavor, though)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup wheat flour (could use 1 1/2 cup of white if you prefer)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
preheat the oven to 350 F
mix the "wet ingredients" together in a large bowl.
In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour the yam mixture into it. Mix until all of the flour is incorporated.
Pour/spoon the dough into a greased bread pan (I used a dutch oven, you could also use a square or round glass pan, or a normal loaf pan)
Depending on the size and material of the pan you use will affect the cooking time. With a dutch oven or other thick metal pan, 25-30 minutes will do.
I imagine that a loaf pan would take 45 minutes to an hour.
Bread is done when a toothpick/fork inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Let cool a bit and enjoy! Or do what I did and wait until your significant other is halfway through eating to tell them it's made out of root vegetables. He was only slightly surprised, I guess he's used to my baking experiments by now.