As much as I always love a main course, what I really go in for are the sides, and let’s be real, I’m not alone in that.
Sure, I’ll sample some of the chicken or steak, but what takes up the most room on my plate? Mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, basically anything in a little dish.
And a timeless favorite? Buns.
A fluffy, but also chewy, bun is a perfect addition to any meal, and while the wholesome, almost sweet flavor of a plain bun but is delicious, sometimes you need a little something extra.
That’s when you bring in the flavor! Buns are great because they can be made with, well, anything.
You can go for salty and cheesy with a DIY version of the famous cheddar bay biscuit, or if you’re looking for something a bit sweeter, try these sweet potato buns.
While still savory enough for dinner, these buns have a hint of sweetness thanks to sweet potato and maple syrup.
They’re also a great treat for when the weather gets a bit cooler, and would pair just as nicely with dinner as they would with a nice cup of tea.
To learn this delicious recipe, read on below and be sure to watch the step-by-step video! And please SHARE if you love unique and delicious side dishes!
1⁄4tsps. active dry yeast 1⁄2cup warm water 1⁄2cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 1⁄2to 2 3⁄4cups
- 1 cup cooked sweet potato, mashed
- 2 Tbsps. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. grapeseed oil, plus an extra
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Peel and cube sweet potato. Boil with salt until tender, strain, and mash. Set aside to cool.
- Combine yeast, warm water, and 1/2 cup flour. Whisk lightly, and let stand for about 20 minutes or until foamy.
- To yeast mixture, add mashed sweet potato, maple syrup, 1 tsp. grapeseed oil, and the rest of the flour. (Start with less flour, add more if needed.)
- Knead until dough forms.
- Drizzle the extra 1/2 tsp. oil over the dough, and rub lightly to coat. Let rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
- Place risen dough on lightly floured surface, press lightly, and form into 16 equally sized balls.
- Lightly brush tops with oil, and bake on parchment or in a pan at 400 °F for 15 minutes.
- Let cool, serve, and enjoy!
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