I received an email several weeks ago about this contest to come up with original recipes with sweet potatoes as the main ingredients. While I grew up in a country where sweet potatoes were more commonly used than regular potatoes in cooking, the contest prompted me to experiment in baking with sweet potatoes. Whether I win or lose, I have come up with several definite keepers. I came up with 5 recipes (recipes should be easy, and quick enough to make it to mealtime and be a part of daily meals). There was no limit to the number of recipes to submit. Deadline is March 31st. I have made 5 and to me, that's enough, although I will still cook and bake with sweet potatoes. It was a pleasant learning experience.
On the left is pandelimon (as we call it in the Philippines), which is what we would refer here in the US as some dinner rolls. The softness and taste is unbelievable; it rivals the rolls served in one of our favorite family restaurants here.
On the right is pandesal (a Filipino breakfast staple). The only difference is the way they are cut, and that pandesal is rolled in breadcrumbs.
Both can be enjoyed with butter or jam, or just plain, dipped in hot cocoa or coffee.
Recipe can be found in my blog.
Next thing I made was the Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Wheat Bread.
It is a dough (of course, made using sweet potato again), with cream cheese filling combined with sweet potato (inspired by a pumpkin cream cheese filling).
While the photo looks tempting, I was not too happy with it.
Then I made this dessert of baked sweet potato. While this entry will not qualify for a "baking" post here in freshloaf, this delightful and rich dessert would pave the way for a baked "Hot Pockets" inspired sweet potato snack.
But first I had to make another dough to be able to make those sweet potato pockets.
Enter the Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls.
It was probably the best dough I have ever made for any cinnamon rolls. So moist and soft, even after refrigeration! And the best thing was that, the recipe could make a batch of three logs. A log could be frozen for use in another day. Everything is described in my blog. So the recipe I have there is good for 3 batches of 7-8 pieces cinnamon rolls. Being able to freeze them enables me to have them for at least 3 meals.
Since I had some leftover Sweet Potato Bake and I had enough dough from Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls to experiment with, I came up with a sweet vegetarian version of Hot Pockets, which I called Sweet Potato Pockets. One or two pieces of this delightful snack is enough to fill my tummy in between meals. They are also good as accompaniment to my evening coffee.
These are all the 5 entries I submitted to that contest. And like I said, whether or not I win or lose, I have already several keepers here, that I feel like a winner. One of my blog readers already tried the Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls, which happened to be her first ever baked bread/rolls, and she was so thrilled that everyone liked it. I guess I "recruited" her now into the world of baking. Maybe I should recruit her to the fresh loaf as well.