Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Wheat Bread

This is another entry for the NC Sweet Potato contest that I referred to earlier when I made the sweet potato pandesal and pandelimon. I would like to thank sweetbytes for this contest and giving us a boost to explore the possibilities of sweet potatoes.

This bread is inspired by the common Filipino bakery item "pan de pula" with the bread enveloping a red filling. Although the original recipe for pan de pula makes use of stale bread for the filling that is made like a pudding, to which a few drops of red coloring is added for interesting contrast against the bread that wraps around it, I used cream cheese for this recipe to make it special. I also made use of some whole wheat flour for the bread. The sweet potatoes help create a very tender wheat bread. Upon baking, this bread is then sliced into individual servings. The leftover is kept in the fridge. Reheating takes about 15 seconds for each slice. I love it as snack or to accompany my evening/morning coffee. My husband said it was quite good. My sons liked it as well, especially upon coming home from school.

I experimented with two types of "presentation" of the bread, one with slashes and one with fork tine piercings for vent. I like the slashed one better as far as appearance goes.

8-oz cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1-2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup sweet potato
1 egg

Beat together all ingredients until well-blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.


Makes 2 loaves

3 to 3-1 / 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 / 4 cup sugar
2 envelopes FLEISCHMANN’S RapidRise Yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1-1 / 2 cups water
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 / 4 cup mashed boiled sweet potato

egg wash made of 1 egg and 1 tbsp milk


In a large bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat water, butter and mashed potato until very warm (120o to 130oF). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half. Roll each half to 8 x 12-inch oval. Divide filling into two and spread on the dough, either in the form of a log or spread flat, sparing the edges for the dough to seal (filling is quite runny, so do not put too much and allow about 3-4 inches for dough edge sealing. Turn seam side down onto greased baking sheet and let rise for about 40 minutes to an hour in a warm, draft-free place. Using a sharp blade, make slashes (or use fork tines) to create vents. Let rise for another 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat up the oven to 400 deg F. Brush dough with eggwash. Bake 15-20 minutes or until done. Remove from sheet. Cool on wire rack.


  1. Oh my goodnesslicious! That is so mouth-watering Manang... thank you for sharing the recipe. I will definitely try this one!

  2. Manang,
    Looks like you have another winner. Will try this one. What do you do to slash the bread? Use a sharp knife and just do one stroke diagonally?

  3. Look at the Kamote cream cheese filling peeking out of the bread! I really, really want a slice of this!

  4. hmmmmmm,nakakagutom naman ito manang....i will try to make some....thanks ulit for sharing..how are u na pala?matagal akong d nakadalaw d2....

  5. looks so yummy.. nakakagutom..hehehe

  6. Hi everyone,
    sorry...been busy lately and I got into an accident yesterday morning (uninjured, unharmed, but my car will be in the repair shop for a while).
    Believe it or not, I use the "Erwin" brand of blades for cutter - the ones usually used for carpentry and the likes. (I had a "bread slasher" I bought before but was very very unsatisfactory I ended up with flattened bread because it was not making a clean cut.) I washed it very carefully during initial use, wiped dry and applied shortening. Everytime I slash dough with it, I just wipe with shortening prior and after. Cheap too!

  7. I like that pan de pula and sometimes, they have a violet filling too! Never knew that the filling is a stale bread :)

  8. hi manang.. isang tanong lang.. :) sa filling, yong sweet potato mashed ba yon or grated? salamat.

  9. Hi Anonymous,
    mashed :)

  10. Hi Manang,

    I would like to try to make this. Can I make this without the sweet potato in both the filling and dough without altering the results? Thank you.

  11. Hi Anonymous,
    You can try looking for recipes for dough and filling that do not use sweet potatoes. There are a lot of other recipes you can find that makes use of cream cheese frosting and the usual plain dough. DO NOT use the ingredients here and simply eliminate the sweet potatoes because the results will be affected.

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