Monday, August 10, 2009

Paula's Sweet Potato Biscuits

I was in the mood for a baked something served warm out of the oven. So, I browsed through the pantry to see what ingredients I had on hand. I found a small can of sweet potatoes and immediately remembered seeing an episode of Paula's Home Cooking where she made these fluffy yummy biscuits. Perfect! They're a snap to throw together and they're in and out of the oven in no time. Perfect for a sunday brunch or a simple afternoon tea. This is where I'd normally say "Great then!" but I'm thinking Miss Paula would probably say "Great Y'all!"

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter
2 to 4 tablespoons milk (depending on the moisture of the potatoes)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate, large bowl, mix the sweet potatoes and butter. Add the flour mixture to the potato mixture and mix to make a soft dough. Then add milk a tablespoon at a time to mixture and continue to cut in. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and toss lightly until the outside of the dough looks smooth. Roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a greased pan and coat tops with melted butter. Bake for about 15 minutes. Serve the with a little smear of butter and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

Quick Tip: Watch your oven: If the biscuits are browning too fast, lower the temperature.

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