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Iced Sweet Potato and Orange Spice Loaf

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This recipe comes from Lori Twitchell, of Lemons and Lavender, and is part of our Bake a Healthier Holiday promotion with California Olive Ranch.

Iced Sweet Potato and Orange-Spice Loaf

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground Cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground Mace
  • 3 extra-large Eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil (grown at Artois Ranch)
  • ½ cup Golden Brown Sugar (do not use dark brown sugar)
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup roasted and mashed Sweet Potato
  • 2 Tbsp Whole Milk
  • 2 tsp Orange Zest
  • ½ cup chopped Pecans
  • Orange Icing (recipe below)

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and grease and flour standard size ( 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½ ) loaf pan.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and mace, and mix together with a whisk.  Set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with a hand-held mixer, add eggs and blend on medium speed until well mixed.  Add vanilla.  With mixer running on medium speed slowly pour extra virgin olive oil in a steady stream into the bowl until fully incorporated with the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add sugars, mashed sweet potato, orange zest, and milk and mix until combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix just until combined.  Do not over mix.
  6. Add chopped pecans and fold into batter by hand.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and place into preheated oven for 55 minutes to 1 hour. The loaf is done when a wooden skewer is inserted and removed and a few crumbs remain.
  8. Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Loaf must be completely cooled before icing.
  9. Makes 1 loaf.

ORANGE ICING

  • 2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 tsp Whole Milk
  • ½ tsp Orange Zest
  1. Mix all ingredients together with a wooden spoon and pour over loaf.  Icing will be thick.
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