Monday, August 17, 2009
Don't you just love it when you get inspired by the most random thing. Sometimes when I'm writing at night, I have the TV on or some music or both. I need to have a little noise in the background to concentrate. This one particular night, Diner's Drive-In's and Dives was on Food Network and it showcased this place that did sweet potato biscuits. I wrote it down on a little post-it and stuck it on my desk along with the 100 other post-its scattered about. I'm a post-it fiend. It kinda sad really. I need a better way to put down reminders and other scribbles.
I took my regular buttermilk biscuit recipe and just added the some mashed sweet potato. I didn't make any modifications to it. Sorry about the cross-section pic. I accidentally smushed it while I was breaking it in half. Soft, chewy and yes, they really do look orange.
Make 9-10 biscuits.
Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits
3/4 c Cooked and Mashed Sweet Potato (roughly 1 medium)
2 c flour (plus extra for dusting)
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
2/3 c Buttermilk
1/3 unsalted butter
Note: if you want to buy a whole carton of buttermilk, simply add 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar to 1 c milk and let it stand for a least 10min.
Peel and cut the sweet potato into cubes and place them in to some boiling water. Cook them until tender. Cool them off in some cold running water, then mash. Set aside 2/3 c for the sweet potato.
Preheat your oven to 425˚F
Combine flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Cut in the butter until it resembles crumbs. Add in the mashed sweet potato and the buttermilk. Mix it all together until it forms a dough ball.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead a few time. Roll out the dough to 1/2-thick. And cut into 9 or 10 round biscuits.
Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for roughly 10-13 min.