Baking Classics: Sweet Potato Cornbread

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Sweet Potato Cornbread 

Homemade cornbread is something to relish. It may accompany fall soups beautifully, make chili even heartier or step in for a variety of entertaining needs whether your hosting casual tailgating parties or holiday socials. Sweet Potato Cornbread is a lovely variation on a tried & true classic recipe. It’s prepared in a cast iron skillet, however it may be portioned in standard or miniature muffin tins & used in a variety of ways. Learn how to bake sweet potatoes in order to make this wonderful quick bread.

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makes 8 servings

1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 cups plain yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup cooked & mashed sweet potato
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 3/4 cups whole buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Dab a small amount of vegetable oil in the bottom & around the sides of a well-seasoned 8-inch cast iron skillet using a paper towel. Place the butter in the skillet & place in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the butter melts. Whisk together the cornmeal, the flour, the baking soda & the salt in a large bowl. Stir together the sweet potato & the brown sugar then add the buttermilk & the egg blending until combined. Fold the sweet potato mixture into the cornmeal mixture just until blended. Remove the skillet from the oven. Fold the melted butter into the cornmeal mixture. Pour the cornmeal mixture back into the hot cast iron skillet. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until set in the center & a wooden pick tests clean. Loosen the edges with a small palate knife. Slice into wedges & serve with additional softened butter.

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How To Bake Sweet Potatoes

 Sweet potatoes are a drought tolerant crop that are grown in many southern states. Once harvested in the fall, they must be cured in a warm, humid environment to maximize the sugars then they can be stored long term in dry bins housed in a cool, humid environment up to 10 months before using. You may encounter a bin of sweet potatoes at your local market that range in size from 5-oz to 16-oz each. The main takeaway is to choose several vegetables of the same size for even baking in the oven. Use the recipe time as a guide as the true indicator of when they are fully cooked through is how the sweet potatoes gives when lightly pinched with your fingers or if they pierce easily with a fork.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pierce several {1/2-lb} sweet potatoes with a fork. Place on a foil-lined half sheet pan. Bake 1 hour & 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft when lightly pressed. Increase the baking time accordingly if preparing larger potatoes.

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