Sweet-Potato Waffles with Orange Butter

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Caribbean sweet potatoes grow on a trailing vine and have orange skins and flesh that varies in hue from pale white to reddish orange. In the French islands sweet potatoes are called patates douces, and in the Spanish islands patatas dulces.

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCooking for a date

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationkosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Mealbreakfast, brunch

Taste and Texturebuttery, fruity, sweet

Type of Dishquickbreads


  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons curacao liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1½ cups cooked and puréed sweet potatoes
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • Fresh orange slices


In a small bowl, whip together the butter, curaçao, and orange zest until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Sift the first four ingredients into a large bowl, and set the bowl aside. In another bowl, combine the egg yolks, sweet potatoes, milk, sugar, and butter. Stir this mixture into the flour mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff but moist peaks form, and fold the whites into the batter. Spoon the batter into a hot waffle iron, and bake until the waffles are golden brown and no steam appears.



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