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Sweet Potato Monkey Bread | Magnolia Days

Sweet Potato Monkey Bread

Sweet Potato Monkey Bread is light, airy, and delightful to have for breakfast or with any meal. Serve it warm with honey butter for a real treat.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Author Donna Currie


For the dough:

  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato flesh
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup room temperature water
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour 11 1/4 ounces
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the coating:

  • 3 tablespoons hazelnut meal or almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


On prep day:

  1. Combine all of the dough ingredients and knead by hand (mix first in a large bowl, then turn out to knead) or in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, until the dough is elastic.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour in a warm room.
  3. Divide the dough into at least 24 pieces. They don't all need to be the same size, and in fact I encourage you to make them random. Cut more than 24 pieces if you like.
  4. Spray an 8-inch round or square baking pan with baking spray.
  5. Combine the coating ingredients in a small shallow bowl or plate and roll each piece of dough in the coating, then pile them into the prepared baking pan. You don't need to make an even layer, and you don't need them to go all the way to the edges of the pan - this is supposed to be a bumpy-lumpy interesting-looking bread.
  6. Cover the pan with plastic wrap or place it in a large plastic bag and tie the open end closed. Place the pan in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours.

On baking day:

  1. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and heat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Remove the plastic and bake the bread until it is nicely browned and the internal temperature registers 190°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 45 minutes. Let the bread cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool for another 20 minutes or so before serving.

Recipe Notes

Prep time stated does not include time for rising until doubled or chilling overnight.

Recipe © copyright Donnie Currie 2014 from the Make Ahead Bread cookbook. Used with permission.