Baked sweet potato with spiced butter

These are so easy to make I almost feel ashamed at calling this a ‘recipe’. But they are SO delicious! It’s astonishing what you can do with just three simple ingredients. These sweet potatoes are also a perfect, virtually-no-effort Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year) side dish, which is why I’m telling you about them now, just before the festival. 

To be honest, you could even serve them as a light lunch or supper, with nothing more than a lovely green salad. Meltingly soft, sweet, and deliciously tasty. You won’t regret the two and half minutes of input required to make these.

Of course you can tell everyone how much effort you went to, but probably no-one will believe you. Better instead to remind the diners how the simplest things in life are often the best, as demonstrated by these fabulous baked sweet potatoes.

Kipper is a big fan of sweet potato generally and scoffed loads. DH claimed they were, “too buttery.” Can anything really be too buttery? I don’t think so. You can always let people add their own butter if you think they’re likely to be fussy about it.

If you are planning to serve these as part of a Rosh Hashanah menu, you might also like to drizzle a little honey over your buttered baked sweet potato. I was all for this, but DH, who is diabetic and scorns anything with added sugar, was extremely disapproving about the idea. It is gilding the lily a little bit, as the potatoes are pretty sweet to start with. I leave the suggestion with you – do with it what you will.

I beat the butter in my mini-chopper, which meant that even the minimal effort required was taken care of by a gadget. If you do beat the butter by hand, let it come to room temperature first. Much easier to do if your butter is soft to start with.

Serves 4(ish).

Meltingly soft, deliciously tasty! It's easy to make a simple baked sweet potato extra-special with this spiced butter topping. A gorgeous side dish.

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Baked sweet potatoes with spiced butter
Serves 4
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
57 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
57 min
Total Time
1 hr
296 calories
45 g
32 g
12 g
3 g
8 g
220 g
112 g
13 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296
Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 32mg
Sodium 112mg
Total Carbohydrates 45g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 800g sweet potatoes (approx 8 small ones)
  2. 60g butter
  3. 0.5-1 tsp mixed spice
  4. Honey (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes and prick each one several times with a fork. Arrange the potatoes on the baking sheet so they are not touching one another.
  3. Bake at 180C for 45 minutes - 1 hour, until soft and cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, beat the butter and mixed spice together. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate.
  5. When the sweet potatoes are cooked, cut a slit in each one and insert a splodge of the spiced butter. Drizzle over some honey if desired, and serve straightaway.
 Meltingly soft, deliciously tasty! It's easy to make a simple baked sweet potato extra-special with this spiced butter topping. A gorgeous side dish.


  1. So what is the “mixed spice”?

    • Hi David. Mixed spice is a traditional British spice blend that’s popular in baking and desserts. It’s very similar to pumpkin pie spice in the USA, and you can substitute that if you have it. Alternatively you can mix together cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and cloves to achieve something similar.

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