Sweet Potato Mini Loaves with Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter

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Sometimes when it’s raining and pouring, soup and freshly baked bread are the only things that seem natural to make. The weather here this last week has been pretty awful. However, this has given me a great excuse to bake these cute little loaves!

Let it be known that I love everything mini! Tarts, pies, cookies, muffins, babies, I LOVE THEM ALL.

And I say babies because they are miniature people. Not because I’m thinking of mini babies. {That would be weird.}

I bought this pan a few months ago when my husband was gone because I could and he was no where around to stop me! Mwahaha! {Not that he would have stopped me…} If you’re in the market for a mini loaf pan, this is the pan I own, except it’s by Wilton.

So, this recipe comes together just like any other bread, but is orange ’cause of the sweet potato… and a little sweeter ’cause of the sugar. You make the dough, let it rise, punch it down, put it into the pans, let it rise and bake. Then, before you pass out from the heavenly smell, you whip together some amazing Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter to slather all over your fresh baby loaves fresh out of the oven.

You WILL die 1,000 deaths after one bite of these. Guaranteed. But only if you use an obscene amount of butter.

Butter lovers, unite!

I got a coupon from this little function for some Kerry Gold Butter, so that’s what I used in the orange cinnamon honey butter. Super delicious! {As if butter could be bad though, right?}

So, find some time this weekend to try these out! I promise you will be glad you did!
Some other recipes you might like:
Mom’s Potato Rolls from Lauren’s Latest
Mini Pumpkin Loaves from The Faux Martha
Julia Child’s Croissants with Quick Blackberry Jam from Barbara Bakes
Potato Rosemary Rolls from Two Peas and Their Pod
Challah from The Novice Chef
Homemade Rustic Pita Bread from Simply Scratch


Sweet Potato Mini Loaves with Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter

Yield: 8 small loaves


  • For the Sweet Potato Mini Loaves-
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast {1 envelope}
  • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2/3 up mashed sweet potato {*see note below}
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, cooled
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 1/2-4 cups bread flour
  • for the Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter-
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened {I used Kerry Gold}
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 orange, zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Pour warm water into bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar over water. Swirl to combine and proof the yeast, 5 minutes. Stir in remaining sugar, mashed sweet potato, egg and melted butter. With the mixer on low, slowly incorporate the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour {in 1/2 cup increments, switching to 1/4 cup increments as the dough starts to form}. Once the dough has pulled away from the sides and is tacky but won't stick to your hands when pressed, turn the mixer on medium to high speed and knead for 6 minutes.
  2. After this, remove dough and place into a greased bowl. Turn dough around in bowl to lightly grease dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour in a draft free warm spot in your kitchen.
  3. Remove plastic wrap, punch down dough and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll into logs and place in greased mini loaf pans. I don't know the dimensions, but THIS is basically the pan I used. Lightly cover loaves with plastic wrap and let rise another hour.
  4. After this time, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake loaves for 20 minutes or until tops are lightly golden. Set aside to cool.
  5. To make the butter, stir butter, honey, orange zest and cinnamon together until smooth.
  6. Serve Sweet Potato Loaves warm with Orange Cinnamon Honey Butter.
  7. *I used 1 medium sized sweet potato for this recipe. I stabbed it a few times and microwaved it on high for 7 minutes. I let it cool 10 minutes or so before I cut into it, scooped out the insides and mashed.

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  1. Lauren you really did it this time! *say like Ina Garten* How delicious does this look!? 🙂 Thanks for the link! XO {ps… love LoVe LOVE kerrygold!}

    • How did you know I LOVE Ina?! I’ll link to your stuff anytime! I love your blog, Laurie!

  2. These are so cute! Love the mini loaves!

  3. Lauren, these are the cutest! My jaw dropped in awe. And the butter?! Oh how I love butter, especially sweetened. Thanks for the link love too!

  4. I want to bathe in that butter. Is that normal?

    • Lol! You’re killin’ me, Erin!

  5. I love anything mini too and these are just so very cute! The bread looks absolutely delicious and the butter sounds heavenly.

  6. Yeah, I almost did pass out from the heavenly smell. And they were soooo cute in the pans!

  7. Looks so fluffy and soft, the butter really made me salivate, looks so good. Love the pics.

    • What? Maybe I should come over and teach you! It’s really not that hard once you get the hang of it!

  8. i really like your food pictures and want to invite you to try out tastingspot.com. it’s for anyone that just wants another place to submit photos and share it will other foodies. It’s still in beta version, but would love for you to start adding some photos and help get it going.

  9. Yum! That butter sounds especially tasty.

  10. This bread looks so good. I really want to make it for Thanksgiving this year! Can you explain more what it means to roll into logs? I bake a lot but I never make bread so this is new territory for me! Thanks!!

    • Here’s what I did. After you punch the dough down, you cut it into 8 equal pieces. Then with those pieces, I formed mine into balls by stretching the dough and tucking it underneath to create a smooth top. Then once I had my smooth perfect spheres, I squished them ever so slightly to create a more oblong shape that would fit perfectly into my mini loaf pans. You want to roll the dough so it’s smooth! That way, once it rises and bakes, you get a smooth beautiful top. Hope that helps!

  11. I love mini food too. And I love sweet potato anything. This recipe looks so amazing!

    • Let me know how they turn out, Autumn!

  12. These are absolutely super Laura! I love all your flavors here! Especially the orange honey butter!!!!!!!!

  13. This looks delicious! I don’t have the mini loaf pan, do you have an idea of what cooking time may be if I made one large loaf?

    • Yes, it should work in a large loaf pan. Try adding 10 minutes to the cook time?! Sorry! I’ve only made these small!

  14. These look amazing. Definitely going to be my next baking project!

    • If you do end up making these, let me know how they turn out!

  15. These are so cute and they look so good! Plus that honey butter looks to die for. Yum!

  16. I want to make these for Thanksgiving, but need to freeze them at some point in the baking cycle, since I’ll be all over the place that day. At what point in the process can I freeze this? I’ll be either tripling or quadrupling the recipe, but will likely just make one batch worth at a time. I have to feed about 22 people with these. I made the recipe last week, and they were so wonderful, I really think this will be a hit at the family Thanksgiving meal!

    • I would freeze the dough right after you knead it so when you pull it out, you just need to let it rise and then form them individually. Or, if you want, you can let the dough rise, then punch it down, form them into the mini loaves and freeze. That way when you pull them out, they’re already formed in their pans, you just let them rise and bake. Good luck! Hope that helps!

      • Thank you so much! I’ll try to remember to let you know how that works, and then how they turn out! I think I’m going to make them in smaller rolls, just for ease in transporting them to the family meal. So excited to have these again!

  17. What do you think about freezing them once they’re baked? I’m doing a lot of baking for Christmas and looking to get a head start.

    • I’ve never done this, but I don’t see why this wouldn’t work!

  18. Yum! One of my tricks to getting children to eat carrots and sweet potatoes is to bake them into muffins or biscuits. I will definitely be trying this! I’ve enjoyed browsing through your recipes today and pinning my favorites.

  19. I saw someone else commented about making a large loaf. Would it make just one large loaf or more than that? I’m dying to make these now!

    • Yes, you can make just one loaf. Cook it longer….obviously! 🙂

  20. I really want to save this to my ZipList recipe box, but can’t seem to find the button… is it there and I’m just blind? Is that feature being removed?

    • No, it wasn’t there! I switched the recipe formatting over to my new version so you could save this 🙂 Sorry about that!



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