I have to say, these biscuits are incredible. They are light, fluffy and a great balance of savoury and salty. They even make my biscuit-denier, Sam, want seconds! Feel free to make the sweet potato puree the day before!
(Adapted from Martha Stewart living)
2 large sweet potatoes
teaspoon of butter
1 3/4ths cup of all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
6 tablespoons of butter
3/4 cup of chilled sweet potato puree
1/3 cup of buttermilk
Start by making your sweet potato puree. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add in the sweet potato chunks and cook for about 20 minutes, or until a fork easily slices in to the sweet potatoes. Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Then put them into the food processor with a small dab of butter and puree until smooth. Place your puree in a bowl and allow it to cool completely. Then place it in the fridge to chill.
Preheat your oven to 435 F and lightly grease a tin for your biscuits.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter up and add it to the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or just the tips of your fingers, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, with no lumps of butter larger than peas.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the sweet potato puree with the buttermilk. Stir the sweet potato mixture into the flour quickly and do not over mix.
Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface. If the dough is very sticky pat in some extra flour. Roll out your biscuit dough and have it be about 1 inch thick. Cut out biscuits and arrange them snuggly in the pan so the sides are touching. (This will help them grow in the oven.)
Bake for about 22 minutes.
I served my biscuits with cinnamon butter (literally softened butter that I stirred a teaspoon of cinnamon in to.)
Have you ever made sweet potato biscuits before?