Part I: The Challenge
This weeks recipe for the Sweet Melissa Bakers was Sweet Potato Bread (with a to die for Cinnamon Rum Orange Glaze) chosen by Lorelai over at Mermaid Sweets - please check our her blog too as she will be posting the recipe there and you won't want to miss it. This was a great recipe...that I almost didn't make because I wasn't in a bread state of mind. In fact, I had decided to turn it into a pancake recipe but I had so much left over afterwards I still ended up making 3 mini loaves with it in the end...one of which my sister ate, another that she took home to my mom and one that is sitting in my refrigerator taunting me to eat it as I type.
But I digress. The only thing that I found a little offputting about the recipe was actually making the glaze...I had a hard time for some reason gauging if it was sufficiently reduced and I had been expecting a slightly thicker almost syrupy consistency that it never achieved (most likely because it wasn't meant to). I did end up using walnuts instead of pecans in the recipe as I had a lot of them in the house and now that I think about it, tossing some chocolate chips in there would have been really yummy too. Next time for sure.
For the pancakes, I took a quarter of the dough, added milk to it until it reached a smoother thinner consistency and they turned out very well for breakfast with the orange glaze spread on top and just a hint of maple syrup drizzled over it. I found it a tiny bit hard to tell when they were done because of the color of the dough so I had to guess (and burn) one in the process but after that, it got a little easier and tastier.
Please check out the other Sweet Melissa Sunday Bakers blogs for their experiences with this weeks recipe!