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Sweet Potato and Thyme Rustic Bread Recipe

Updated on June 9, 2012

A Hearty and Healthy Beautiful Colored Bread

Rustic Kumara or Sweet Potato Bread with a hint of Thyme
Rustic Kumara or Sweet Potato Bread with a hint of Thyme | Source

For Brown Bread

If you’d like to add more fiber into your bread you can substitute some or all of the plain flour for whole wheat.


2 sweet potato or kumara (about 400g / 14 ounces each)

300ml buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten

60g/2ounces unsalted butter

2cups (300g) plain flour

1cup self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon caster sugar

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg preferably or ground nutmeg if you don’t have fresh nutmeg

1 ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

¾cup (60g) grated parmesan

½cup (60g) grated tasty chees

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5 stars from 3 ratings of sweet potato & thyme rustic bread

How to Make Sweet Potato & Thyme Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Prick each sweet potato 6 times with a skewer and place on the tray. Bake for 50-60 minutes until tender. Remove from oven and cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, peel the sweet potatoes. Place the flesh in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher until smooth. Measure up 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes and keep the rest for another use.
  2. Line the baking tray with fresh baking paper and lightly dust with flour. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the buttermilk, egg and softened butter in a bowl. Mix in the sweet potatoes mash with a fork.
  4. Sift the flours, baking soda, sugar and 2 teaspoons salt into a separate bowl. Stir in the nutmeg, thyme, parmesan and tasty cheese. Make a well in the centre.
  5. Flour your hands and use them to mix in the egg mixture –you may need to add a little extra flour if the dough is too wet and sticky.
  6. When the dough has come together, place it on the prepared baking tray. Pat the dough into a round loaf about 4cm thick. Sieve a fine layer of flour over the top. Use a blunt knife to score the dough fairly deeply into 8 wedges.
  7. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool until it is barely warm if you’d like to eat it right away. If not, it will keep quite moist and fresh for a few days.

Flourless Chocolate Cake made with sweet potato
Flourless Chocolate Cake made with sweet potato | Source

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      Hi tebo, nice of you to drop by. This is quite a unique bread indeed, which is why I thought I should publish a hub about it. The sweet potato or kumara in it makes it quite different in texture and flavor. Hope you do enjoy it. I appreciate your interest and votes :) Thanks!

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      This looks like a lovely loaf of bread and the flavour must be quite unique with the kumara and thyme. Something I shall have a go at. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      RTalloni, thanks to you for your interest and sharing. I had to publish this sweet potato bread because it is so unique and has a very appealing rustic look, the kind one likes to make at home (or at least I do :). I hope you like it!!!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      What a beautiful and aromatic loaf of bread this recipe would make! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm looking forward to trying it out. Pinned to my Ways with Food board.

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      Claudia Tello 6 years ago from Mexico

      Thanks Anglnwu, this is of course a good way of learning while having fun, working as an author and reading what other people in the world have to share.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I didn't know that sweet potato is also known as Kumara--now I know. I like sweet potato and this bread looks yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Claudia Tello 6 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Gordon, thanks for your comments. The sweet potato in this recipe makes the bread stay moist and soft, which will lessen the probability of it turning into a brick :), I hope you'll enjoy it!

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      Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      This looks delicious, Claudia. I love homemade breads of all types but hate making it as it usually turns out like something that houses could be built from! :) Maybe I'll give this idea a try as it's very different from anything I've tried before.

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      Claudia Tello 6 years ago

      You are exactly right Livelonger. I also love the color and heartiness of this bread. Thanks for your comments.

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Looks hearty and delicious - what a gorgeous orange color, too! I'm sure the thyme gives it a terrific aroma and makes it a great accompaniment to savory dishes, too.