Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

My savoury comfort food has to be baked sweet potato. Rub it with coconut oil, sprinkle on some salt and then let it do its thing in the oven for a good 45minutes (depending on size) at 180-200 degrees celcius. Perfection.

 Yes, Yes, I know, baked potatoes can be incredibly boring - often i crave the simplicity but sometimes they just don't cut it. Sometime you just have to make the extra effort and make them a little more special. That's where my Baked Sweet Potato Fries come in. Deliciously crunchy, soft and sweet with a little paprika kick, these babies are addictive.

The perfect fries are an art form. These are baked not fried and made with sweet potato instead of regular so lean towards the healthier end of the fries scale.

The trick with baking fries is to spread them apart on the baking tray so that none of the fries touch, that way the edges get to crisp up nicely whilst the insides remain fluffy. Having a lot of fries piled ontop of each other will cause them to steam in the oven rather than bake, leaving you with a tray full of soggy fries. Gross.

If you're making a big batch of fries for more than one person (or one, very hungry person) you may need to use more than one baking tray - a little more to wash up but trust me it's worth it.

What you should end up with are perfectly cooked, slightly crisp, wonderfully fluffy sweet potato fry heaven.

Ingredients:(per person)
Sweet Potato
1 tsp oil (I use coconut but simple olive oil or vegetable oil work well)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper

1. Using a sharp knife, slice off the pointed ends of the sweet potato and cut lengthways down the middle.
2. Cut each half into 1/2cm thick fries.
3. Combine the sweet potato slices, oil, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl and tip onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
4. Arrange the fries so that no two are touching.
5. Bake at 180degrees celcius for 20 minutes.

Note: Sweet potatoes may easily be substituted for regular potatoes but may need a few extra minutes baking time.


I would love to see your baking creations - if you decide to make these cookies or any of the other recipes on my blog, don't forget to let me know! Tag @bakeitblonde on Twitter or Instagram so I can see all of your delicious attempts!

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