What are Okinawan sweet potatoes?
These are also called Hawaiian sweet potatoes with a beige skin and a bluish purple flesh on the inside. The sweet flesh has notes of honey and are starchy. This bluish purple sweet potato is rich in antioxidants and is well known for the same. Did you know that the antioxidant levels in these sweet potatoes are 150 times higher than blueberries? So, it is a better idea to consume these sweet potatoes when they are in season. They provide antioxidants in addition to the Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, iron, and copper. Plus, they also add a characteristic color to the food.
How are these pani popo?
Samoan pani popo are sweet rolls drenched in coconut milk and baked. These are Okinawan sweet potato rolls that are drenched in coconut milk and baked like the Samoan pani popo.
What are the flavors of these rolls?
These soft rolls are sweet and loaded with sweet honey notes of Okinawan sweet potatoes and the nutty flavors of coconut as they are drenched in coconut sauce and baked.
Is this a bread machine recipe?
I use my bread machine to knead and prove my dough. This bread can be baked as a loaf in the bread machine. To shape them into smaller rolls, after proving, punch and shape the rolls and bake them in oven.
Do I need active dry yeast or instant yeast for this recipe?
Instant or active dry yeast can be used in this recipe. Instant yeast can be added to the machine directly. If using active dry yeast, make sure to activate the yeast and use in the recipe. Many times, when I run out of instant yeast, I use active dry yeast to make bread and I get the same good results every time.
Are these rolls vegan?
Yes, these rolls are vegan. Almond based vegan butter is used instead of butter. Coconut oil can also be used. If vegan versions are not preferred, butter can be used and the flavors will still be good.
These sweet rolls are colored naturally. The bluish purple Okinawan sweet potato adds a characteristic purple hue to these rolls. The color of the rolls depends on the amount of Okinawan sweet potato used. Cooked sweet potatoes are used in this recipe just like any sweet potato dinner rolls. Adding beyond this quantity may result in a very sticky dough and the bread may not have a great texture. Processed powdered potatoes may be added for extra color, but adjust the liquid content as required. Food gel can also be added for extra color. Try these naturally colored breads : Heart Beet Sticks, Tri Color Luchi, Matcha Orange Loaf, and Matcha and Strawberry Cream Melon Pan, and Multigrain Carrot Rolls
This is #Nationalpotatolovermonth. Whether you are potato or a sweet potato lover, or both, celebrate this month by making delicious potato/sweet potato based breads shared by fellow bloggers. Stacy is hosting this event in our #BreadBakers group and make sure to check the links at the end of this post. #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
Okinawa sweet potato - 225 g
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