Sweet Potato Biscuits
The last baking adventure for today was sweet potato biscuits from A Cozy Kitchen. They sounded delicious and pretty simple to make so I gave them a try.
Here's what you need:
1 medium – large sweet potato,
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading and shaping
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup buttermilk (make your own by added a dash of vinegar to regular milk)
What to do:
Peel and dice the sweet potato. Place in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook the potato until tender.
Drain the water and mash the potato into a puree. (you should end up with about ¾ – 1 cup) Place the puree in a refrigerator for at least and hour until chilled.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
Cut in butter and knead until mixture resembles coarse meal, with some pea-sized lumps of butter remaining.
In a small bowl, whisk together sweet potato purée and buttermilk; stir quickly into flour mixture until just combined.
(Don't panic if it doesn't really look like dough!)
Pour out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead very gently until dough comes together but is still slightly lumpy. If dough is too sticky, you can add a little extra flour. Roll the dough out to 1-inch thickness. Using a biscuit cutter or a glass, cut out the biscuits and place on a greased baking sheet. (I just flattened mine with my hand instead of rolling. Give it a little time to come together...it takes a while.)
Gather together scraps, and repeat to cut out more biscuits. Arrange biscuits snugly in pan to help them stay upright and brush with melted butter. Bake until golden, 20 to 24 minutes. (I just baked them spread out on a baking sheet. I got 13 biscuits out of my dough...and I skipped the brushing with butter part. I baked them for 20 minutes.)
The result? Delicious! Mine weren't super flaky..I may have over-kneaded them. But they have a nice crunchy biscuit top and a really good taste. I'd definitely make them again.I might push them all close together next time and see what happens.
And finally, another Christmas card for your enjoyment :)