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Monday, August 29, 2011

    I had a lone sweet potato after making some other recipe and was thinking what to make with it. Then saw this Sweet Potato Buns recipe in a cookbook I took from the library (The Best Veggie Burgers On The Planet – by Joni Marie Newman). I was more than happy to try it out. And I always wanted to experiment buns with longer kneading time, as my previous attempts has no much kneading time. 
    I was just amazed with the result of this buns,they were smooth,soft outside and the pores were very fine and spongy inside. I was thrilled and could not wait to taste the buns as I saw them raising,with smooth top inside the oven while it was getting baked! And more than anything my hubby tasted and approved it was tasting good(he is not a big fan of yeasted breads/buns). My kid also had it happily after he returned from the School.


Sweet potato - 1 small

Plain flour/All purpose flour/ Maida - 2 cups
+ 1/2 cup for sprinkling

Olive oil - 1/8 cup

Sugar - 1 tsp

Warm water - 1/4 cup

Milk - 1/2 cup

Salt - 3/4 tsp

Honey - 1 tsp

Active dry yeast - 3/4 tblsp

Butter - For brushing


  1. Pressure cook/boil the sweet potato up to 3-4 whistles with little water. Drain water, cool, peel the skin off and mash it.
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  3. Meanwhile add yeast,sugar to the warm water and dissolve completely. Let it sit for 10 minutes, after which it would have raised double in volume.
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  5. Add milk,oil,honey to the mashed sweet potato and mash,mix as smooth as you can, you can use a blender too if you want.
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  7. In another large bowl,mix flour and salt. Make a dent in the middle and stir in the yeast mixture. Mix well and add the milk/potato mixture and knead to a dough.
  8. Sprinkle flour to make a non sticky dough while kneading. Knead well for 8-10 minutes,until smooth and elastic.
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  10. Cling wrap the mouth of the bowl and keep aside for an hour to let it raise.
  11. After an hour,punch down the dough and sprinkle more flour if its sticky(only if needed) and knead again for 2 minutes.
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  13. Divide into 6 equal balls and arrange it in a greased baking tray. Make sure you give enough space to avoid sticking to each other.
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  15. Preheat the oven to 190o C. Bake the buns for 13-15 minutes. Take out and quickly brush the buns with generous butter. Bake again for 4-5 minutes more to make the top golden brown.
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Soft,slightly sweet buns are ready to enjoy! Have it for your breakfast or dinner with butter,jam with a cup of your favourite beverage!

  • If your yeast mixture doesn't raise in step 2 then your yeast is not active, please do not attempt making the buns. You may not get it right.
  • Kneading the dough is the main key to get softest buns that takes to a whole new level.
  • You can replace oil with melted butter as well.
  • For vegan version, use agave nectar in place of honey and soy milk in place of milk and oil in place of butter.



   I am so very excited to host an event in my space after years! When Nivedita contacted me if I could host her event for the month of September,without any second thought I accepted right away. Thanks to her for helping in choosing the theme and the opportunity to host the event as well! So lets CELEBRATE SWEETS the month September with Sweets/dessert recipes with fruits & Vegetables!!Party
  So send in your innovative and interesting recipes to make this event a grand success!
Here are some guide lines for the event :
  • Post any sweet/dessert recipes that uses any fruit or vegetable as a main ingredient in between Sep 1st – Sep 30th October 7th . Main ingredient means you should use that in the cooking process and not “garnish” with it!
  • Link to the event details page of Nivedita’s blog and this post. Also include the event logo. These three things are mandatory. 
  • If you have any old post in your archive, either update the post with these links and logo or repost it as a new post with the links and logo.
  • Send in your entry to tvijayanand1904(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “Celebrate Sweets” as subject,with (1) Your Name (2) Your Blog Name (3) Post link (4)A picture of the recipe.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.
  • Non bloggers are also welcome to submit their recipes, just email me the recipe with one of the picture of the recipe(clicked by yourself) that you made.
  • I will take care of resizing the pictures so don”t worry about the size or dimensions.
  • After your entry sent to my mail ID, if I don't acknowledge your mail within one or two days, please leave a comment in my recent post insisting it.
Here’s the LOGO for the event:

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  1. Nice buns and a wonderful event too :)

  2. The texture and buns looks beautiful. All the best for the event, will try to participate :)

  3. too good u hv made to perfection!!!

  4. superrrru :)))) and nice to c u hosting an event raji :))))

  5. Buns look so delicious ,I feel like picking one :)

  6. Very yummy and soft buns. Can imagine the flavor of sweet potato in buns. Nice event. Time to come out of my laziness and send an entry

  7. Sweet buns look wonderfully wholesome and delicious. Great preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  8. The pics are gorgeous! Auto mode difference ellam therile. I have some nice entries for your event coming up :)

  9. super soft buns....very nice event n will try to send in my entries :)

  10. Sweet potato buns is tempting me to taste it,as i have never tasted it before.Nice pics.
    Happy Hosting Dear.

  11. Hi Raji... i always get excited when you post any baking recipes especially buns... your buns always look like store bought ones as they are perfect in shape & texture... its a real pleasure looking the pics of the recipes you make... keep up the good work :) I dont know if you remember me leaving a comment in your "Eggless chocolate cake" post that i made a successful attempt baking the cake using pressure cooker... but this post its impossible to bake buns in cooker... so sad :( wil try it in near future & let u know for sure...

  12. Thanks all :) Divya, thanks for your nice words :) Why dont you buy a small OTG so that u can try out simple baking like this ? :) Just a thought :)

  13. Fantastic buns. its my dream to bake perfect buns someday :) Your recipes are tempting me too much. Will brave it and give a try soon :)

  14. awesome buns...yummy and sweet....very innovative idea....love it! bookmarked it dear! and beautiful event too!...will try to send some recipes!...

    Chk out my Diwali Event:

    and On Going Event - Strawberry Desserts


  15. They look perfect, Raks.They do look like store bough ones.

  16. Perfect looking buns raks ~ I love homemade buns n breads ~ they smell divine n taste wonderful always!
    US Masala

  17. What delicious, soft, sweet buns!!!! And its a wonderful evet Raks...Happy hosting & sending my entries soon!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  18. this is so delicious...I love it..Thanks for the recipe...

  19. Nice buns made out of a Vegetable...Thanks for sharing..

  20. The buns look wonderful....professionally made soft and beautiful...

  21. Such cute buns... thanks for sharing.

  22. I love baking bread with potato as it gives the moist soft texture, never made with sweet potato, looks beautiful and yumm

  23. What wonderful shape and texture!! Bookmarking this :-)

  24. they look perfect and soft inside...they look wonderful and beautifully made!

  25. Sweet potato buns looks yummy. I did the pumpkin rolls in the same manner only some slight changes..
    Nice clicks Raji...The buns looks soft and fluffy.

  26. Wow delicious buns,luks so soft inside...Using sweet potato is too gud idea...Apadiye 2 anupurathu:)

  27. Buns look cute :) , Am logged in after long time and I do see you hosting an event, will try to participate for sure :)

  28. sweet potato buns looks deliious.

  29. Soft and flavourful buns...adding sweet potatoes is a nice twist...Perfect for teatime!

  30. Wowwww..... Yummy and tempting buns.. looks perfect.. nice event raji.. happy hosting :)
    Indian Cuisine

  31. Great looking buns...Nice theme for the event..happy hosting..

  32. Soft n fluffy buns..looks so delicious n your step by step pics will help to follow the procedure..book marked ..thank you dear!

  33. உங்களை இன்று வலைச்சரத்தில் அறிமுகப்படுத்தியிருக்கிறேன். கீழ்க்கண்ட வலைத்தளத்தில் பார்க்கவும்.


  34. வலைச்சர அறிமுகத்திற்கு வாழ்த்துக்கள்

  35. Soft and fluffy buns looks amazing, wonderful job Raji..happy hosting dear..

  36. Nice recipe Raks ... Looks fluffy n yumm

  37. Yummy looking buns... with sweet potato, wonderfully delicious ones. Happy hosting dear:)

  38. That sure will have a unique flavor..tempting buns,soft and yummy

  39. So soft and delicious looking buns,looks so yummy.

  40. Awesome buns love them. Great event too. Will send some entry(my excuse for making sweets).

  41. Wow ur buns are really super soft..im very much tempted to try this..Happy hosting dear :)

  42. Buns are looking great. Just looking like store bought.

  43. The buns look so inviting...the honey adds a delectable flavour to it....can wait to have some!

  44. There you go, your space is so vibrant with this irresistible swet potato buns raji. I could not take my eyes off from them :)

  45. Love the plump and cute looking buns!
    Lite Bite

  46. sounds interesting..looks soft and delicious..

  47. Buns look so fresh and yumm :D I have to try it out sometime.. Perfect presentation.
    Let me try to send my entry to the Event soon!

  48. Oh my, Superba iruku!!! they look so inviting!!! my kiddo is trying to grab some from the screen!!!!

  49. HI RAKS

  50. Hi Raks, nice event. Will send my entry soon. on the logo its Sep 2011 rite its 2001. I thought its your past event.

    Have updated my events page www.sarafoodevents.blogspot.com

  51. hai, jus happened to c ur blog WOW love it.can i bake buns in my lg micro,grill, conv oven. i bake cakes in conv mode it turns out gud. can i use the same for buns?

  52. I tried this sweet potato buns. It turned really good. Will try other buns too

  53. Hi can we use bread flour instead ?

  54. Hi!,
    I'll require a couple of inputs for this recipe:
    1. Is there a specific by weight ratio, for the flour and SwPotato mash? if Yes! pls, provide the sw.potato weight in grams.
    2. can the sw.potato, be replaced by potato ? if yes!, weight Please. :-)
    3. Can I substitute the Honey with Sugar, if Yes! how much sugar?
    and... will any of the above substitutions call for changes in baking time, temperature.

    Thanking in anticipation.



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