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Linda Yezak’s Sweet Potato Butter

The breakfast table is an important setting in Give the Lady a Ride. It’s where Patricia announces she’s going to sell the ranch, where the guys tease her for the first time, and where she first hears the words “heat-detecting” associated with cows. Some of my funniest and most touching scenes begin at breakfast.

And if I’d had a lick of sense, I would’ve included toast with sweet potato butter on the menu.

My sweet potato butter is derived from a pumpkin butter recipe, but since pumpkins have more water than sweet potatoes, I had to alter it a bit. This is a canning recipe, not a one-serving deal, so if you’re not familiar with water processing, take a few minutes to look it up (or write me. I’ll be glad to help).

Linda Yezak’s Sweet Potato Butter

  • 3 1/2 cups canned or cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar (light brown has a milder flavor, dark brown if you want it more fortfied)
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 3-ounce pouch of liquid pectin


  1. Have some water in a pot with a pour-spout at hand.
  2. Combine the potatoes and spices in an 8-quart pot, mixing until smooth and well-blended. Gradually stir in the sugars, and dot with the butter.
  3. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. During this process, the potatoes may ball up or appear dry. Pour some water in, a third cup at a time (eye-ball it, don’t try to measure it out), to smooth it out. You’re aiming for a cooked-pudding consistency by the time you’re ready to add the pectin, so you may have to do this a time or two until the sugar is
  4. Once the sugar is dissolved, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the entire contents of the pectin pouch and return to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for one minute. Remove the pan from
    the heat and skim off any foam.
  5. While it’s hot, ladle it into your jars, up to a quarter inch from the top. Wipe the rims and threads clean and cover with hot lids and apply screw rings. Process half-pint jars for 10 minutes and pint jars for 15 minutes in a water bath.

Makes three pint jars or six half-pints. Great on biscuits, crackers, toast–just about anything.


Two-time ACFW Genesis finalist Linda Yezak resides in the state of Texas, where tall tales out-number the cattle and exaggeration is an oratory requirement. Aside from being a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is also a member of Women Writing the West (WWW) and The Christian PEN. She has served as a judge for several writing contests, both nationwide and localized, and she is becoming a popular speaker in the ArkLaTexOK area. She is a free-lance editor and a content editor for Port Yonder Press. Her novel, Give the Lady a Ride, a western romantic comedy and 2008 Genesis finalist, debuted in March of 2011. She lives in the heart of a forest with her husband and three cats.

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6 responses »

  1. that sounds delicious. I don’t have the means to can in a water bath, but my mom does! we’ll have to try this someday. The book looks great too – I love to give “horse” books to my sister, so she’ll have something great to read on a subject that interests her. This looks like a winner!

  2. Sadie, thanks for the kind comments. I bet your sister will love the book if she loves horses, and the western setting in general. As for sweet potato butter–you’ve never had anything so good!

  3. Interesting! I’ve never heard of sweet potato butter before! Sounds good, actually!

    • It is good, but it’s a cranky recipe. It won’t come out the same way every time because of the water you have to add. But the seasonings are adjustable to match your taste, which is a good thing. If you like sweet potatoes, you’ll love this!

      Thanks for coming by, Heidi!


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