Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Bread with Pecans and Tart Cherries

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Bread with Pecans and Cherries

I love quick breads.  They’re easy to make, the recipes can easily be changed up to fit your mood, and pretty much everyone loves them.  I know I haven’t met a quick bread I didn’t like.  So when I saw a recipe for a Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread pop up on Facebook yesterday from a new-to-me food blog called Beard & Bonnet, I had to investigate a little further.

It turned out that the delicious-looking loaf was also gluten-free, which is actually perfect since Phil is currently avoiding gluten and he recently brought home a bag of gluten-free all purpose flour mix from work for me to experiment with.  The flour is called Cup4Cup and according to the web site, Cup4Cup was developed in the famed French Laundry in Yountville, CA, by Lena Kwak, then the restaurant’s Research & Development Chef.  It’s called Cup4Cup because of its ability to replace all-purpose wheat flour in traditional recipes cup for cup, making it easier for those transitioning to a gluten-free diet to use some of their old favorite recipes without having to change anything.  You would use this flour for things like cakes, cookies, quick breads, and biscuits, etc., but not something like a sandwich bread.  There are suggestions for use on the web site along with some recipes that look really great.  I’m gonna try the brioche rolls soon. The one drawback to this flour is that it’s pretty expensive, but I think it’s a great option for occasional treats.  It worked wonderfully in this sweet potato bread.

Sweet Potato Bread Batter

So I basically followed the sweet potato quick bread recipe from Beard & Bonnet pretty closely, but I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store so I made some changes based on what I had on hand and what sounded good to me this morning.  I substituted buttermilk for almond milk (because of this I decreased the baking powder to 2 tsp and added 1/2 tsp baking soda, although I’m not sure this was entirely necessary).  I used light brown sugar instead of regular granulated sugar, just because I like the flavor of brown sugar and I felt like using it (next time I might use some maple syrup).  I substituted dried tart cherries for cranberries because when I looked in the pantry, I saw the cherries first.  And I added 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, because pecans just make everything better.  I also divided the batter between three mini loaf pans rather than baking one big loaf – one for Phil, one for me, and one to give away!

Sweet Potato Bread Out of the Oven

The batter was pretty thick and sticky and it was kind of hard to divide it between the pans evenly.  As you can see, it really didn’t want to smooth out either.  But it rose nicely and had a really nice texture once it was baked.  I like to think that the craggy tops just gave my little loaves more character.

Sweet Potato Bread Crust

This sweet potato bread is really good.  The texture is perfect and it’s packed full of fall flavor without being overly sweet.  For those of you who don’t need to be gluten-free, I think this recipe would work just fine with wheat flour and I might try it next time with a combination of all purpose and freshly ground whole wheat flour.

If you’d like to give it a try, you can find the full recipe at Beard & Bonnet.

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  1. Karina

    Nicole, those nubby little loaves look scrumptious. I love your combo of sweet potato, tart cherries and pecans. Perfect for Thanksgiving. Thank you for this gluten-free inspiration! Another beautiful post- as always.

    8:01 pm  Nov 16th, 2013
  2. keertthana

    looks great and so innovative

    9:03 pm  Nov 16th, 2013
  3. Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    Thank you so much for sharing your version of my sweet potato cranberry loaf! I love the idea of using cherries and I completely agree that pecans make everything better.:)
    I have never used the Cup4Cup brand, I usually use my trusted Better Batter, but I just may have to branch out and give Cup4Cup a try after reading this!

    2:16 pm  Nov 18th, 2013

    Such a great idea! I might be trying this by next week. Thank you!

    1:51 pm  Nov 19th, 2013
  5. Sandy Halliday

    Pity the recipe calls for sugar. I see you used brown but I would go even further and replace it with one of the more healthy natural sweeteners. ( not all the so called natural sweeteners are healthy) My husband and I have not eaten anything with sugar for years so we are used to less sweetness.

    8:51 am  Nov 24th, 2013
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