Granny's Sweet Potato Bread


One of my favorite recipes made by my grandmother and handed down to me. My Granny made this bread as a sweet treat, but it was great for breakfast.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
1 5x9-inch loaf


  • 1 sweet potato

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 ⅔ cups sifted self-rising flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • cup water

  • ½ cup chopped pecans (Optional)

  • cooking spray

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • ½ cup chopped pecans (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Wrap sweet potato in aluminum foil.

  2. Bake sweet potato in the preheated oven until easily pierced with a fork, about 1 hour. Set aside to cool.

  3. Whisk white sugar and canola oil together in a bowl. Add eggs; mix well. Sift flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg into sugar mixture. Slowly whisk water into flour-sugar mixture until incorporated.

  4. Peel sweet potato; mash into the batter. Fold in 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

  5. Reduce oven temperature to 320 degrees F (160 degrees C). Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

  6. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour.

  8. Heat brown sugar and butter in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Pour glaze over bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

396 Calories
18g Fat
58g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 396
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 40g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 177mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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