Guess what I got for Easter?

A KitchenAid stand mixer!! Yes, for Easter. My man is full of surprises, and decided to take me on an Easter egg hunt to find it. Not your normal Easter egg hunt though. I had to solve a clue that lead me to the next clue, and so on. Here are some examples of the clues I got:

CLUE: The wavelength of light between 300 MHz and 300 GHz.
ANSWER: Microwave
The next clue was in the microwave, and yes, I had to Google this answer.

CLUE: “Turns out they were all dead the whole time…”
ANSWER: Lost.
The next clue was in the DVD box.

CLUE: “What ingredient fo all of these recipes have in common? 1. Jamie Oliver’s Crunchy
Garlic Chicken, 2. Joy The Baker’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Cookies and 3. Pioneer Woman’s Fancy Mac & Cheese”.
ANSWER: Flour
The next clue was in the flour bag.

As you can tell, this hunt wasn’t easy. I EARNED that stand mixer! Not only did I have to use the internet for half the clues, but each clue came with an envelope with a letter on it, and I had to “unscramble” the words at the end. It ended up saying “My Closet”. The stand mixer was waiting for me in there. HURRAY!!

So naturally I baked in the stand mixer the next day, and can’t believe how easy it is to use! I’m in love with a machine…I’ve heard warnings of this happening.

I made bread. Are you as obsessed with banana bread as I am? I can’t get enough of the stuff and I love trying new combinations of flavours with it. This is certainly a new favorite of mine. It’s filled with bananas and sweet potato puree that meld together like a puzzle piece. Who knew these two were meant for each other? I dig it.

To begin, make your sweet potato puree.

 

Make your batter…

And pour the batter into the loaf pan.

Bake the bread for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Banana Sweet Potato Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 1 9 x 5-inch loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 cup (about 2-3) mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prick the sweet potato with a fork, wrap in foil and roast for about 1 hour until soft. After the sweet potato is cooked, let it cool for about 20 minutes. Peel the sweet potato and place it into a food processor. Process until smooth and has the consistency of canned pumpkin.
  3. Turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together the banana and sweet potato until smooth and fluffy. Add the sugar and oil and beat together until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the sweet potato and banana mixture and and combine into a batter with a rubber spatula. Add the milk and mix in.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake the bread for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Slice and Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Heather Christo

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2012/04/10/banana-sweet-potato-bread/

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46 Responses to Banana Sweet Potato Bread

  1. Kathryn says:

    What an amazing Easter present! I love that he made a treasure hunt for you as well, he is definitely a keeper. I’ve actually yet to make bread in my lovely Kitchen Aid but you’ve definitely inspired me to pull it out this weekend and bake up a batch!

  2. achicabakes says:

    I am not sure if am more impressed about him getting you the mixer or the creative hunt he put together. He’s a keeper! As is this bread – looks so comforting and delicious.

  3. nan says:

    Now that’s what I call spoiled. LOL What an awesome gift and the bread sounds amazing. Hang on to that wonderful man , he is #1

  4. Julia says:

    Can our boyfriends hang out? I’d like mine to learn from this master.

    I’ve been looking for a good sweet potato bread! I’m going to try this with whole wheat flour later this week.

  5. That is a) the most fun easter egg hunt ever and b) the most amazing prize at the end! And way to jump in and put it to good use!

  6. Loveforfood says:

    I am drooling over your site!

  7. Tracey says:

    The scavenger hunt sounds like SO much fun, what a sweet guy! And what a fantastic surprise at the end. You’re going to love it πŸ™‚

    The combo of the banana and sweet potato sounds delicious!

  8. Jealous! Was it a red mixer?

  9. val says:

    Be still my heart!!! This is bread perfection!

  10. Deborah says:

    What an awesome surprise!! And what a gorgeous and unique bread!

  11. I love how moist this bread looks…and it I’m sure it tastes just delicious!

  12. Congratulations on your new stand mixer, Katrina! Looks like you’re already putting it to great use. I got one for Christmas and I use it all the time for “Kitchenaid Crusty Pizza Dough” – search for the recipe! This bread looks fabulous, and so moist. Love your addition of sweet potato, too!

  13. AikoVenus says:

    Congrats on your new stand mixer – this recipe looks and sounds so fantastic! ^^ I’m drooling a bit at the moistness of it!

  14. kaceytorres says:

    Made this recipe. With chocolate chips. Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sweet potatoes and banana! Oh my! That’s a lovely combination. The bread looks so moist and decadent.

  16. Joanne says:

    Yay!! I’m so excited for you! My stand mixer definitely revolutionized my life. It makes everything SO much easier (especially kneading dough…). This banana bread sounds amazing. If there’s oen thing that makes everything better…it’s sweet potatoes.

  17. Gotta love those smart boys!!! What color did you get?! PS-I’ve never been inclined to watch Lost until this second. I’m always down for spoilers, lol! I Google movies were watching soni don’t have to wait. Irritates the cruddy out of my hubs. Enjoy your machine. You’ll love it so much you’ll end up wanting two!!

  18. JulieD says:

    Very very cool that you got a stand mixer and that he made you hunt for it!! This bread looks so good too!!

  19. kaleighaubry says:

    Don’t worry, you are completely normal to have fallen in love with your machine. Just beware when you start blowing living people off to spend time with it. Then you may be in trouble. In that case, I suggest inviting people over so that you can bake for them using the stand mixer, that way you ‘have your banana sweet potato bread and eat it too’! πŸ˜‰

  20. barbarabakes says:

    What a gorgeous, healthy bread. Have fun with your new mixer. I don’t know what I’d do without mine.

  21. Wow. Best present ever! And what a fun way to find it too!
    This looks absolutely delicious

  22. congrats on your new machine!

    this bread looks so good! I love how moist it looks…that bottom part where it’s suppppper moist, that’s my perfect bite πŸ™‚

  23. Jen says:

    I’m not much of a bread-baking person, but I might make an exception for this recipe! Looks great!

  24. Nina says:

    Wow…you have a beautiful site. Lovely gift:)

  25. Congratulation on your mixer, and that bread looks so dense and good, I will definitely try! p.s Can you send me a piece? please! πŸ™‚

  26. Aww what a fun scavenger hunt, with a GREAT prize at the end! Congrats – I know you’ll put it to good use! πŸ™‚

  27. I never would’ve thought of combining bananas and sweet potato but I can totally see why they work together so well! And what a fun (and very rewarding!) Easter egg hunt!

  28. I made sweet potato and banana oatmeal often, but never thought to turn it into bread. Congrats on the mixer. Mine has been working over time this weekend and I LOVE it!

  29. emilyosmond says:

    making this now!! your photos are so inspiring – looks delicious. thanks for the recipe!

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  33. Jessyka says:

    Hi, Do you think I can switch the milk to the almond milk ? Because I’m intolerant to milk …. Your recipe look just good, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  34. Brittany says:

    How come in the pictures you aren’t using your kitchen aid mixer? You can actually use the mixer to mash up the sweet potato and banana and add the rest of the ingredients (other than dry ingredients) directly into the mixer bowl to combine. Less dishes dirtied and comes out great.

    • katrina says:

      I use both methods to make this bread! I agree though, if you use a stand mixer there is no need to use a food processor! Great tip! πŸ™‚

  35. Rebecca says:

    I love this recipe! I’ve made it several times and it’s always delicious. I do take one small short-cut: I peel, cut up, and boil the sweet potato. It cooks much faster than in the oven, and mashes up with a fork. Thank you so much for this delightful quick bread!

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