Old-fashioned Sweet Potato Pancakes (Waffles)

Sweet Potato Pancakes
Sweet Potato Pancakes

When I saw a recipe in a hundred-year-old issue of National Food Magazine for sweet potato waffles, I was intrigued—but I seldom make waffles. I then wondered if the same recipe would work to make pancakes.

Well, I gave it a try, and the Sweet Potato Pancakes were awesome. The recipe called for separating the eggs, and beating the egg whites until stiff. It definitely was worth the extra effort. The pancakes were incredibly fluffy and light.

I served the pancakes with maple syrup. The vivid, yet delicate, sweet potato flavor worked perfectly with the maple syrup to create a lovely taste experience.

Sweet Potato Pancakes would be perfect for an autumn brunch. This seasonal dish will impress even your most discerning foodie friends.

Sweet Potato Pancakes (Waffles)

1 cup mashed sweet potatoes

1/2 cup flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, separated

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Combine the mashed sweet potatoes*, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, egg yolks, milk, and butter. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the sweet potato mixture.

To make pancakes: For each pancake, put two heaping tablespoons of the batter on a hot, lightly-greased griddle. Using the back of the spoon gently spread the batter to make a 3-inch pancake. Lightly brown on both sides. Serve with butter and honey or maple syrup.

Makes 12-15 3-inch pancakes

Note: Batter may also be used to make waffles.

*Mash cooked sweet potatoes with a fork until smooth.

Adapted from recipe in National Food Magazine (September, 1914)

35 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Sweet Potato Pancakes (Waffles)

  1. I love sweet potato, and often bake more than I need for a meal in order to have extra on hand. This will be a perfect way to use some. I’ll bet they’d freeze beautifully once made, too. I’ll find out, that’s for sure.

    1. Back when I was posting my grandmother’s diary, there actually was a diary entry where she mentioned eating waffles at a friend’s house.

      “The whole family was invited out for dinner today. We all went except Pa. It was up at Tweet’s place. We had something that I always had a curiosity to know what they tasted like. It was waffles.” (December 6, 1913).

      That post includes a picture that a reader sent me of an old-fashioned waffle iron that was used with a wood stove.

  2. I love sweet potatoes! I would eat them with butter,and forget the syrup. I’m not fond of pancake syrup,and maple syrup isn’t handy here in the south. Wonder what brown sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top would taste like?

  3. Hi Sheryl! These look incredible! I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be making them for my “WordPress Cooking Challenge”. I’ll be making and writing about them in the next couple weeks (with a link back to your post and recipe). 🙂

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