Since Spring is in full swing, I thought of making something for a lazy warm weekend. However, it doesn’t look like the weather’s letting up! So, while it’s still feeling a bit like winter, the bready goodness of these sweet potato bread buns is comforting enough. Especially with a little bit of cheese and loads of butter!
Light and Fluffy Sweet Potato Bread Buns with Herby Toppers
Makes 12 buns
- 3 cups Bread Flour
- ¾ cup Sweet Potato (cooked & mashed)
- ½ cup Coconut Flour *
- 1 Egg
- ½ cup Warm Water (not too hot)
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar**
- 10g Yeast Sachet (active or instant)
- ½ tsp Salt
- Extra Flour for kneading (I used 1/2 cup)
- Olive Oil for coating
- Fresh herbs like organum, thyme and parsley
- Sea Salt
- Butter, always butter
* You can substitute the coconut flour with more bread flour and add another egg. Coconut flour gives a fluffiness to the bread.
** You can also use brown sugar. Coconut sugar has a lovely treacly taste that I like.
- Combine the white sugar, yeast and warm water and leave until bubbly (about 5 minutes).***
- Blend in mashed sweet potato, coconut sugar, and egg.
- Add in the coconut flour, bread flour, and salt. Mix slowly until it just comes together. You can use an electric mixer or spoon. The dough shouldn’t be too sticky, so add more flour if you need to. I added about half a cup extra.
- Dust a clean surface with flour, flour your hands and place the dough in the centre.
- Knead the dough for roughly 5 minutes. Yay for elbow grease!
- Lightly oil a bowl, put the ball of dough inside and cover it with a damp cloth.
- Leave to proof for 1 hour. In the meanwhile, butter a baking tray.
- Set the oven at 180°C.
- Give the dough a last quick knead and roll into small balls and place onto the baking tray.
- Arrange a variety of herbs on top of the rolls and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes until a knife comes out clean.
*** If you’re using instant yeast you can just mix all the ingredients together as the yeast will activate during the kneading process.
Serve with cranberry cheese (I love Fairview’s cheese!), mixed leaves and julienne cucumber.