Sweet Potato Rolls


  • 1 large sweet potato (about 12 oz.), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water (100°F to 110°F)
  • 1 (1/4-oz.) package of active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Bring sweet potato and milk to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are very soft, 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Using a potato masher or fork, mash potatoes with milk until very smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl to cool completely, 30 minutes. 
  2. Stir together warm water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a small bowl. Let stand, for 5 minutes. 
  3. Mix sweet potato mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, 4 tablespoons of melted butter, and the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook on low to combine. With the mixer running, gradually add bread flour and kosher salt, beating on low until the dough is soft and smooth, about 4 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding up to 1/3 cup flour, as needed, if the dough is very sticky. Transfer dough to a lightly greased large bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours. 
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 12 to 15 balls. Place balls in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand at room temperature until almost doubled in size, 1 hour. Meanwhile, stir together cane syrup and the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter; set aside. 
  5. Uncover rolls and bake in preheated oven until light golden brown, 20 – 25 minutes. Brush hot rolls with cane syrup butter; sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Serve immediately, or transfer rolls to a wire rack to cool completely for 30 minutes.
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