Purple Yam Sweet Potato Rolls for #BreadBakers

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Last Updated on November 13, 2019 by Chef Mireille

Purple Yam Sweet Potato Rolls for #BreadBakers – This mildly two toned bread is delicious and packed with sweet potato power.

Purple Yam Sweet Potato Rolls

It’s time for #BreadBakers again and this month I’m hosting with the theme of natural colors. With only using the natural colors of fruits and vegetables, the colors are mild but the flavors and nutrients are strong in my bread this month.

My bread is flavored with two types of sweet potato – our regular old American orange fleshed sweet potato and purple yam.

All About Purple Yam – Ube

Purple yam, also known as ube is very commonly eaten in the Philippines and it’s becoming much easier to find now in most Asian supermarkets. Although I occasionally see it fresh, it’s more commonly available frozen. It’s used to make a variety of Filipino foods from breads to cakes and ice cream. Sometimes Helayang Ube, which is a Gluten Free Purple Yam Cake forms the basis of these foods. It’s then processed to make ice cream, sweet breads and more.

In this bread, I just used the frozen purple yam to save you the work of first making Helayang Ube. Since I didn’t want to use any additives and keep it all natural, the colors are muted. For bolder colors, you can add some ube extract (also available at Asian markets) like I did when I made Purple Yam Puto (Gluten Free Steamed Muffins).


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Make sure to make the Purple Yam Dough first. It is more dense than the Sweet Potato dough, so making that dough first will ensure that they both finish rising at the same time.

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This is the perfect tea time bread, enjoyed with Apricot Lavender Curd!

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These came out super soft and tender and with the curd -an absolute treat!

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You can also split them in half and make cheese and tomato sandwiches – that was my breakfast this morning 🙂

Purple Yam Sweet Potato Rolls
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Purple Yam Sweet Potato Rolls

Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 25


  • Purple Yam Dough Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen purple yam defrosted
  • Sweet Potato Dough Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 2 cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • First make the purple yam dough.
  • Pour the warm water (115 F) in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top and wait 5-10 minutes, until foamy.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flour, salt and sugar. Mix to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, coconut milk and purple yam.
  • Add proofed yeast to flour and knead for a few minutes.
  • Add coconut milk mixture and knead for 5-10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Place in a greased bowl and cover with a kitchen towel for about 1 hour, until doubled in volume.
  • Repeat same procedure for Sweet Potato Dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out purple yam dough to a rectangle approximately 17"x13". Set aside.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out sweet potato dough to a rectangle approximately 17"x13".
  • Place the purple yam dough on top of the sweet potato dough.
  • Roll into a tight cylinder.
  • Slice into 25 pieces.
  • Prepare a cookie sheet and baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Place slices on baking trays and cover with a kitchen towel. Leave to rise for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and crusty.
  • As soon as it comes out of the oven, brush with melted butter.
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Naturally Colorful Breads List by #BreadBakers

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to [email protected].


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About Chef Mireille

Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
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